Lacy Cooper

 

Fenmarc Produce ltd, based in Elm, Cambridgeshire, has been growing, preparing, packing and supplying vegetables to major multiples and wholesale markets for over 40 years. Starting off as a farming co-operative, established by growers, Fenmarc offers superior customer service using its vast knowledge of farming and food processing. Today Fenmarc is one of the leading fresh produce suppliers in the UK, employing over 400 colleagues.

Fenmarc has various baggers on site, including one of Hayssen Flexible Systems’ intermittent VFFS machines.

After attending Hayssen Flexible Systems’ imPACKED show, Fenmarc decided to purchase the Novus 350 exhibition machine. One of the many advantages of purchasing the Novus was that Fenmarc could purchase the machine on a very short delivery time. The Novus continuous motion packaging machine allows Fenmarc to produce packs at an increased output.

“Our existing Sandiacre intermittent machine has always been extremely reliable, but we were interested to see what improvements a new machine could offer,” explains Gary Nassau, Site Engineering Leader at Fenmarc. “After seeing demonstrations of the Novus’ capabilities at the imPACKED show in Nottingham, we decided to purchase the machine. The customer service and spares delivery from Hayssen Flexible Systems has always been superb and was another key factor in our decision.”

The Novus 350 VFFS packaging machine offers benefits, such as high speed capabilities, packing bags of up to 200 bags per minute, dependent on film and product. The Novus’ modular assemblies and user interface facilitate easy and quick format changeovers, allowing customers the flexibility to switch between bag styles and sizes with ease. For more information, regarding the Sandiacre Novus continuous motion packaging machine, please contact  sales@hayssen.com or check out some videos of the Novus in action on Hayssen’s  YouTube channel.

 

Popular Italian chip company, AMICA CHIPS, relies on Logic to meet required speeds

AMICA CHIPS can be found anywhere and everywhere in Italy. Founded in 1990, AMICA CHIPS is based in Castiglione delle Stiviere, close to the biggest lake in Italy, Garda Lake. The company most recently purchased Simionato’s Logic 35 bagger with ATOM radial combination weigher to package a new product line of Alfredo chips; the product’s namesake is from Alfredo Moratti, one of the company’s two founders.

Currently, AMICA CHIPS has more than 30 Simionato systems installed, with the typical combination of a double Logic bagger system integrated with RCW 8+8 Boost scales. Mr. Alfredo Moratti, President of AMICA CHIPS comments on the lasting relationship that has grown over the years, “We have been working with Simionato for 20 years and continue to rely on them today. AMICA CHIPS is one of the leaders in Italy due to our great people, products, and efficiencies. We have evaluated many types of packaging equipment technologies and have found Simionato to be the most reliable technology and service partner for us. Today we have more than 30 Simionato packaging systems running around the clock 7 days per week producing precise weight bags that look great on our customers’ shelves.”

AMICA CHIPS has recently invested significantly in their manufacturing processes to position for the future. Product weighing and packaging is a critical part of Amica’s process. Mr. Giovanni Bruschi, Technical Director of AMICA CHIPS adds, “Our production people want nothing other than Simionato systems, given their reliability and simplicity of operation.  Simionato continues to meet our innovation needs  and I know I can rely on them for our future developments.”

To learn more about the Logic bagger and RCW/ATOM scales, visit www.simionato.com.

 

AtaKey Patates Gida A.Ş., based in Turkey has installed three Novus 350 continuous motion packaging machines in their new french fry factory. Erhan Cansu, Board Member of AtaKey who led up this project was aware of Hayssen Flexible Systems’ impressive track record for successful installations of french fry packaging machines throughout the world. AtaKey’s three Novus 350 baggers are packing 1kg and 2.5kg pillow packs of frozen french fries at speeds of 85ppm and 50ppm respectively.

Hayssen Flexible Systems has a wide amount of experience selling machines in to the Turkish market and ensures customers’ needs are met through local agent Elbak, based in Turkey. The company has installed over 40 VFFS machines in the past two years to the french fry industry, in countries such as USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, South Africa and India.

 

Rose Forgrove has introduced their latest flow wrapper, with extensive hygienic features. The Merlin “Blu” is innovatively engineered with several tool-less removal features and easy-to-clean design suitable for a wide range of challenging industries.

Michael Dann, Director for Rose Forgrove, notes that the Blu Series Merlin flow wrapper has a number of features that make it inherently hygienic and easy to use. “The Merlin Blu infeed can be dismantled without tools in less than 2 minutes and has a quick-release infeed catch tray. The folding box is self-threading and simple to adjust.” Dann added, “This flow wrapper sets a new standard in hygienic flow wrapping technology for its class and delivers tremendous value to our customers.”

The hygienic features also include sloped surfaces and rounded legs that minimize debris build up. The easy-to-clean features are matched by technical highlights of “no product-no bag”, a feature that minimizes film waste, and an intuitive icon-based interface for fast, repeatable changeovers. The new guard design provides operators a clear view of the product throughout the wrapping process.

“The greatest interest for this model is coming from bakery, confectionery and fresh produce companies,” said Ian Bickerdike, Business Development Leader – Horizontal Systems. “The versatility is there for a wide range of food applications, as well as personal care and medical/pharmaceutical flow wrapping applications; which makes the Merlin “Blu” a perfect machine for contract packers. The design team has also minimized the footprint substantially for this model.”

Dann also alluded to the immediate future of Rose Forgrove’s product line, saying, “We have invested in new engineering team members in support of a major horizontal wrapper systems growth initiative. Our ‘One Global Team’ culture has seen the benefits of leveraging all capabilities to gain a competitive advantage in the market.”

The production rate for the Rose Forgrove Merlin Blu is 100 (single jaw) to 200 (twin jaw) packages per minute, and package range is up to 120mm high by 300m wide.

Rose Forgrove distinguishes itself through innovative engineering that focuses on delivering exceptional performance and functionality without compromising durability or simplicity. One of the longest standing and most respected flow wrap manufacturers in the packaging industry, Rose Forgrove’s tailored wrapping systems are hygienic, easy to operate and suitable for a vast range of applications. Rose Forgrove services a broad range of industries across the globe.

 

In support of a major horizontal wrapper systems growth initiative, Hayssen Flexible Systems recently acquired Schib Packaging S.r.l., based in Monte di Malo (Vicenza), Italy. Schib is a leading-edge company in the production of horizontal flow-wrapping machines as well as automatic feeders and automated wrapping systems.  The combined organization leverages capabilities and experiences to gain a competitive advantage in the global flexible packaging market.


Schib Packaging began as a wrapping machinery business in 1968 and over the years has provided packaging solutions for diverse industries from food sectors such as candy, biscuit and bakery to non-food sectors including personal care, household items, and industrial components.  You can view this video to learn more about Schib’s packaging equipment portfolio. Contact Ryan Glenn for more details, or read the full press release.

 

McEntire Produce, headquartered in Columbia, SC, is a fresh produce processor, repacker and wholesaler serving the Southeast for over 70 years. McEntire Produce is always looking for ways to improve efficiency and increase speeds in their produce packaging lines to meet customer demand. After initially agreeing to be a beta testing production site for HayssenSandiacre’s Novus Produce vertical form fill seal machine, McEntire Produce has purchased the continuous motion machine for its exceptional performance.   McEntire Produce has been impressed with the Novus Produce Machine since shortly after receiving the machine. Tom Ribken, HayssenSandiacre Sales Executive, represents the southeast U.S. and worked closely with McEntire Produce from install of beta machine to purchase. Ribken comments on McEntire Produce’s decision to go with the Novus, “The wow factor happened when this bagger consistently met speeds of 55 bpm for a compressed 5lb package of shredded lettuce.  The existing baggers in the plant are not capable of attaining the Novus bpm’s while consistently maintaining package integrity.”

McEntire’s Maintenance Manager comments, “We were looking for ways to increase speeds while maintaining clean end seals and low leaker rates. The Novus has delivered on all counts. Our business is continuing to grow and we are looking to add a second Novus combined with an Ishida scale in the near future.”

Along with impressive speeds, the Novus Produce machine also features an independently timed stager which prevents product from contaminating end seals resulting in package leaks.  Other features include independently timed bag squeezer to compress bag size, orbital style knife and Quali-seal jaws.  HayssenSandiacre has worked with national produce companies for many years and helped to pioneer pre-washed, packaged bags of salads/lettuce.  The new Novus Produce machine joins the Ultima family of machines to further extend HayssenSandiacre’s product line which are well-suited for fresh cut produce applications.

 

Rose Forgrove Flow Wrapper Video PlaylistRose Forgrove has been an innovator in flow wrapping technology since 1967. HayssenSandiacre is continuing the legacy of the Rose Forgrove brand with a HFFS product line capable of packaging just about any product you can imagine. Check out the new video playlist to see the wide range of packaging applications, including muffins, croissants, celery, tomatoes and bar soap.

Food processors and contract packagers can see live demos of the latest Rose Forgrove equipment at Pack Expo in Chicago (November) and imPACKED in Simionato, Italy (October).

 
imPACKED Packaging Event is October 2014 in Padova, Italy

imPACKED Packaging Event is October 2014 in Padova, Italy

Italy’s largest in-house packaging machinery event will be held 13-17 October, 2014 at Simionato’s world headquarters in Padova, Italy. Conservative estimates show over 1 billion packages are produced each day on Simionato and HayssenSandiacre equipment worldwide.

Visitors can explore the latest in VFFS packaging machines, including Simionato’s Logic system with infeed conveyor, multihead weigher, gantry, VFFS bag maker and outfeed conveyor. Various Rose Forgrove flow wrapper models and Novus continuous motion with doy/quad capabilities will also be demonstrated throughout the event.

Many sponsors have joined the event and will be exhibiting the entire week, including ITALPROJECT casepacking and palletising, RIAS handling and coding systems, MOVINOX industrial automation and technologies for food industries, and MD BAG forming sets.

Take this opportunity to see a wide selection of Simionato and HayssenSandiacre machinery along with many other co-exhibitors equipment in action.

  • RCW high-speed scale with Logic System
  • Fragile system
  • Frozen food high-speed complete system
  • Novus VFFS packaging machine
  • Rose Forgrove Flow Wrappers
  • Hayssensandiacre’s Unique Remanufactured Equipment Programme – equipment rebuilt and upgraded by the manufacturer “as new” and with a full warranty.

Food Processors and Distributors can register for free online at www.hayssensandiacre.com/impacked2014 or call Elisa Stival at +39 049 900 6 511

 

Simionato has equipped Betaco with 34 vertical machines in the last 10 years.

Betaco Company in Nabatyeh, Lebanon and known as Frou-Frou, is a widely appreciated brand in the snacks and bakery market. Their product ranges from natural potato chips, extruded snacks to mini croissants. Betaco, in a short time, holds a solid market position in the snacks sectors in Lebanon with an exalted annual growth. Today, with much success, Betaco is entering other countries in the Middle East.

The founder, Mr. Hussein Said believes that the company’s expansion is based on proper investments. He says “my ideal production line needed to have high-quality equipment and Simionato confirmed it.” The collaboration with Simionato started in 2004. In a 10-year span, Simionato has supplied 34 vertical machines to Betaco’s operations.

The full systems  include customized conveying and vibrating systems, high speed mutlihead weighers and vertical form fill and seal packing machines. The lines have  the capabilities to produce small weight pillow bags with remarkable precision. “The vertical lines supplied to Betaco consisting of two Logic 22 baggers under one RCW 8+8B21 multihead scale, is the ideal solution for a highly-efficient complete vertical packaging system within a small footprint” explains Kamel Hamade, Simionato Sales Area Manager.

 

Fox’s Biscuits, one of the UK’s leading biscuit manufacturers, located in Batley in the UK, has recently purchased a new Rose Forgrove Merlin HSE flow wrapper from HayssenSandiacre.

Fox’s Biscuits, who are part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, a food manufacturer with 47 sites based throughout Europe, have been working in partnership with HayssenSandiacre on their Caffè project to assist with a new product launch. Their recently purchased Merlin HSE is currently packing Thins and Snaps in trays, through a hand-fed line.

Fox’s Biscuits is an existing Rose Forgrove customer, with over 5 flow wrappers on site in Batley, Leeds.

Chris Rogers, Project Engineer at Fox’s Biscuits in Batley, explained why they opted for the Merlin HSE flow wrapper, “Partnering with Rose Forgrove for this project could not have gone more smoothly. The installation was carried out professionally, efficiently and on time. HayssenSandiacre promised us a machine on a short lead time. This was essential to enable us to meet consumer demand and the launch of our new product.”

According to Chris Rogers, having the opportunity to utilise HayssenSandiacre’s well-equipped technology centre was a key factor in deciding on pack specification. “HayssenSandiacre assisted with all initial products and packaging trials, ensuring a high seal integrity.”

Fox’s Biscuits Merlin HSE is producing packs at a throughput of approximately 70 packs per minute.

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