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Walk into any grocery store and you’ll find hundreds of products that Barry-Wehmiller has had a hand in. Whether the machines or the team members have helped to package, convert,  label, palletize, design, or engineer it, Barry-Wehmiller’s companies help bring the world the products people need every day. Barry-Wehmiller is a $2 billion global supplier of manufacturing technology and solutions serving a diverse platform of industries–packaging, paper converting, sheeting, corrugating, engineering and IT consulting. And with the experience and history of more than 75 companies to draw from, you’re sure to get the superior service and innovative solutions you need when you need it.

But Barry-Wehmiller is more than that. They are 9,000 team members strong—every single one inspired by a culture of Truly Human Leadership. The company measures success by “the way we touch the lives of others” and that comes through in everything they do.

Check out the new Barry-Wehmiller video ‘Moving Business Forward’ to learn more about how this company is working hard to build a better world through business. Caring for people. World-class products. Lifetime support.  That’s Barry-Wehmiller.

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AuraConstant investment in people and equipment has made Five Star Fish one of the most respected suppliers to the Foodservice market.  The UK’s leading supplier of fish products, Five Star Fish, based in Grimsby, has recently purchased two turnkey solutions from Hayssen Flexible Systems.

Five Star Fish, part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, is a primary and secondary whitefish processor specialising in a wide range of bespoke fish products, for the catering and foodservice market. Their products consist of fresh fish products,IQF, breaded and battered fish. Five Star Fish

Mike Samphire, Engineering Manager at Five Star Fish, was delighted with their new Aura VFFS machines, the installation and performance.

“The install and commissioning phase went well and according to plan, which meant there was no disruption to our overall production requirements. With Hayssen Flexible Systems’ help we were able to find the ideal full technical solution to suit our budget,” comments Mike Samphire.

As part of the project, Hayssen Flexible Systems offered Five Star Fish a pre-shipment inspection and operator familiarisation, allowing them to review the machines prior to arrival on site.

“We had regular communication with Hayssen Flexible Systems’ project management team throughout the entire order process, keeping us up to date with what was happening with our systems during the entire manufacturing process. The support from customer services, including the availability of spares from Nottingham was a definite bonus for us.”

Due to production demands, Five Star Fish needed their new machines a week earlier than originally expected. Hayssen Flexible Systems was able to meet this late request and achieved the early delivery. The Aura 450LF VFFS intermittent packaging machines complete with Yamato weighers were installed in two days over a weekend, enabling production to catch up the backlog after the first shift, thereby ensuring that there was no disruption.

Five Star Fish’s Aura 450LFs are currently on site packing pillow packs of IQF breaded fish fillets at various weights ranging from 220g – 2700g at speeds of approximately 60ppm.

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5,000th CelebrationHayssen Flexible Systems celebrated shipping its 5000th vffs bagging machine from its manufacturing headquarters in Duncan, SC. All team members gathered for a momentous occasion to reflect on the history of an ULTIMA product line that is going strong after 40 plus years. Through acquisitions in Italy and England, Hayssen has added to the product lines manufactured in the South Carolina facility, yet the Ultima model has been the majority sold in hitting this substantial 5,000 mark.

Can Do Crew at Hayssen

Team members recreated a photo of the “Can Do Crew.” The original photo was taken in 1990 to commemorate the 1000th vffs bagger shipment. And on October 20th, 2015 many of the same team members stood proudly by the 5000th machine before it headed out to the shipping dock. Know as the “Can Do Crew” or “White Hat Club” many of the team members have been working at Hayssen for more than 20 years. Scott Bradley, Vertical Machine Assembler shared, “Hayssen is unique in that you can be working here ten years and still be considered the new guy.”

Mike May, President of Hayssen Flexible Systems, also spoke at the event, sharing his appreciation for some of the retired employees who created the future success for the company.  He also shared customer testimonials, “I can say many things about our company, we can say things, but this customer sent us a message that reads: Hayssen has awesome people with a high focus on results, and we appreciate that.”


Bic RaisorsHayssen Flexible Systems facility in Nottingham has recently delivered a new electrical cabinet complete with all the necessary components for an upgrade of the Rose Forgrove Minerva at Bic Rasoirs in France. This upgrade consists of an update to the latest safety standards, as well as a last generation control upgrade with a touchscreen.

“We decided to upgrade our Rose Forgrove flow wrapper as its electrical components had become obsolete. Our flow wrapper operates three shifts, seven days a week; therefore, we could not afford a lengthy production downtime. Hayssen Flexible Systems took advantage of our preventative maintenance break to install this new electrical cabinet. The newly upgraded machine is extremely user-friendly with its touch screen and icons corresponding to various production functions.”  Stated Fabien Cledic – Project Manager at Bic Rasoirs’ Longueil Sainte Marie site.

“The installation and commissioning of the flow wrapper was successful and carried out in the required time frame. We are extremely satisfied with the supplied equipment and the quality of the work carried out by Hayssen Flexible Systems.”

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PPP TeamOn August 20-21, the Presidents of the six divisions in Barry-Wehmiller’s Packaging Platform had their second meeting to discuss how we can leverage our collective insights and capabilities to best meet the needs of our many markets and clients.  The group enjoyed the opportunity to tour the Romeoville manufacturing operation and to interact with various members of the BW Container Systems team.  The group concluded many things, including that we would all benefit from greater visibility and understanding of each other’s businesses, product lines, business strategies and customer interactions.  The group agreed to meet again in about 6 months at PneumaticScaleAngelus, and to advance several projects to reinforce collaboration between now and then.


IBA, World’s Leading Trade Fair for Bakery, Confectionery & Snacks, will be held 12-17 September in Munich, Germany

Visitors to IBA are invited to stop by Hall A6, Booth 168 to discover an impressive line-up of Hayssen Flexible Systems, including Schib and Simionato. The group is also hosting Abrigo S.p.A. as a premium partner for robotic solutions, creating a powerful synergy that will deliver integrated horizontal and vertical systems for primary & secondary packaging.

On display will be a robotic solution for secondary packaging featuring a servo driven Schib flow wrapper fed by an Abrigo robotic cell with multiple picking tool.

Also on display is a Simionato integrated packaging system with scale and bagger. The Atom 10-18 Multihead scale features 10 buckets (1.8 lt) and colored touchscreen panel PC. The scale is accessorized with fragile kit and a double flap timing box to work with fragile products such as biscuits and hard candies.

Under the Atom scale there is a Simionato Logic 35 I featuring fixed inclination, Clear Panel PC 10 Inch Touch Screen HMI, common function keys, 110 recipe program storage, USB production data and recipe download & backup, wireless and VNC capability for remote view, view/control, diagnostics and assistance.

The show machine will be running 4-side-seal bags (quad bag) that will exit on an outfeed conveyor belt with horizontal section. For more info, contact


Goji Berries from ULSTAR Packaging in High-Quality Bags

“Goji berries strengthen the body and give long life,” says a Chinese medicine saying. ULSTAR, a company in Lana, Italy packages these berries, also considered the “fruit of well-being” as well as high quality cranberries and natural juices. ULSTAR is a wholesale company utilizing the latest technology packing system made by Hayssen Flexible Systems.

The complete packaging line includes infeed conveyor, Simionato multihead weigher RCW8B15Simionato Logic 35 packaging machine and a combined checkweigher with metal detector. The line is installed in a controlled atmosphere to ensure quality and safety of the product.

ULSTAR Packaging Facility

ULSTAR Packaging Facility

The Simionato RCW 8B15 weigher has a technology called “boost” that ensures high weighing accuracy and high speed. The multihead weigher is connected to the Simionato Logic 35 packaging machine, in which ULSTAR produces 4-side-sealed block bottom bags.

Thanks to the full system’s flexibility, ULSTAR has the option to pack different types of products, from high to low viscosity. ULSTAR can easily change recipes to produce “tailored” packages for third parties. “Yes, we are very happy with the investment. It is our first Simionato packaging machine and is doing its job every day!” says Rainhard Oberkofler, manager at Ulker.

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MercaSID is a Dominican company, dedicated to offering the best products for family, home and industry. Founded in Santo Domingo in 1937 as SID – Sociedad Industrial Dominicana – a company committed to producing cooking vegetable oils, through the years it expanded its array of offerings by introducing new varieties of oils, margarine and detergents. MercaSID S.A. started off in 1999 when SID merged with large Dominican food producing company Mercalia, S.A.

Currently, the company is partnering with global market leading brands and its portfolio includes a variety of goods across several industries such as agro-industrial products, citric fruits, cattle & meat product processing, water processing, and floriculture.

As the business is continuing to grow, MercaSIDMercaSid Logo has decided to launch “Plum Cake” as a new product to complement its existing range. The company has just recently bought and started up a brand new Plum Cake processing line at the end of which it has installed a state-of-the-art automatic “Plum Cake” packaging line from Schib, a Hayssen Flexible Systems company.

Ms. Ligia Bonetti Du-Breil, President of MercaSID, and Mr. Osvaldo González, Purchase Manager, have found the Italian HFFS equipment manufacturer Schib to be the most reliable partner for them, in light of  Schib’s proven expertise in the bakery industry.

Schib team members join to declare “We have been proud to support MercaSID with this new project in the bakery field and we are excited for the growth of their market share”.

The Schib automatic packaging line at MercaSID is capable of running up to 300 packs per minute.

It features a tilting system for the distribution of the incoming rows of products. This module, that comes complete with a product aligning system, sees to separating, aligning and distributing the Plum Cake rows that arrives from the processing line. After this station, a suitable conveying system that includes a 90° curve advance the Plum Cakes towards an electronic in-line feeder that regulates the product flow and feeds a servo driven flow wrapper. A Rockwell Allen-Bradley platform controls the entire packaging cycle.

SGL Co-Packing Novus VFFS

The new Novus 350 packing machine in situ at SGL Co-packing's clean room at one of its factories in Nelson, Lancashire, UK

SGL Co-packing Limited, the Nelson, Lancashire-based contract packer and contract manufacturer, reports that it has invested in new packaging equipment this year in response to customer demand – extending its ability to provide flexible, high-speed packing solutions. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Keswick Enterprises Group – the UK-based supply chain services specialist.The investment includes a new Novus 350 continuous motion vertical form fill and seal packing machine from Hayssen Flexible Systems. This robust, reliable and flexible unit may be adapted to create various pack styles – including quad pack, Doy and block bottom, as well as the standard pillow pack.

SGL Novus CloseUp

The new Novus 350 will extend SGL Co-packing's ability to provide flexible, high-speed packing solutions

Andrew Palmer, Chairman of SGL Co-packing, commented: “We are looking to build on our success as a leading UK co-packer by investing further in systems and equipment to support the development of customers’ products. The new Novus machine meets our requirements for high quality, flexibility and cost-effective operation, and has already generated considerable interest from existing and prospective customers.”

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The UK’s leading supplier of dried fruits, nuts and seeds, Whitworths, has recently purchased Hayssen Flexible Systems’ Novus VFFS continuous motion packaging machine. This is the second machine that Whitworths has purchased in the space of 12 months.

Whitworths was established 125 years ago in the UK and is a widely recognised brand, offering products for snacking, as well as baking purposes. The company started off as a flour producer and throughout the years has expanded to producing dried fruit and nuts.

Whitworths’ first machine was purchased to improve the output at which Whitworths was packing bags of dried fruits. Due to increased customer demand, Whitworths needed a new machine for their additional nut packing line and decided to opt for another Novus 350. Whitworths has worked with Sandiacre’s intermittent machines for a number of years and has been impressed with the reliability of their machines. During Interpack, they visited the Bary-Wehmiller stand and decided to purchase the Novus demonstration machine on a short lead time.

Whitworths, based in Wellingborough in the UK, was impressed with both the machine layout and the Novus’ flexibility to produce pillow, quad and Doy packs. The machine layout of Whitworths’ machine, allows easier accessibility to the operator interface, thereby enabling the operator to switch between the machine’s different features with ease.

According to Sean Cornes, Engineering Manager at Whitworths, the simplicity and ease of maintenance of the Novus have significantly assisted their production. Sean Cornes, commented, “The Novus machine has helped us to increase our productivity in the packaging of our fruit, nuts and seed products. It is easy to operate and customer support is always available from Hayssen Flexible Systems.”

The Novus VFFS machine is highly flexible and is customised to meet customers’ requirements. The modular assemblies included with the Novus machine help to reduce changeover times, making changing pack styles simple and quick. For more information, please contact

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