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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.

For additional information ULSTAR and Goji berries, visit the website


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


Michelle’s Bakery
is a local favorite near Rutherford College, North Carolina. Alongside their grill, Michelle’s Bakery distributes a large variety of homemade cakes, pies, cookies and other desserts. Michelle’s Bakery recently trialed a new Rose Forgrove Merlin Blu flow wrapper. The company needed a flow wrapper that could handle the packaging of various smaller bakery items as well as whole pies and larger bakery products for retail display.

Tammy Cannon, Co-owner of Michelle’s Bakery, oversees the packaging of their bakery product lines, and was happy to accept the Merlin Blu on a trial basis. Positioned for substantial growth, the company had a need for automated packaging equipment.  Michelle’s Bakery has since purchased that same Merlin Blu, which steadily wraps cookies day after day. One of the features that appealed to Cannon was the hygienic features, with tool-less removal of guarding, which makes for fast and easy cleaning of the flow wrapper. Another benefit of the Merlin that led to a final sale is its capability to handle a wide range of products with its easy to use adjustable forming box and wide jaws. Taking advantage of these features and the user-friendly operator interface, Michelle’s Bakery can easily switch from wrapping small cookies to full size pies. The B&R Industrial Automation control system with color icon controls make it easy for Cannon’s team to set packaging parameters and make quick changeovers.

Ryan Glenn, Horizontal Sales Leader for Hayssen Flexible Systems, coordinated the project with Michelle’s Bakery. He comments, “I initially bought one of Michelle’s Bakery pound cake slices while traveling. I was impressed with their high-quality bakery products.  Their close proximity to our global headquarters in Duncan, SC, where the Merlin Blu is manufactured, made them an ideal candidate for a beta installation. The Merlin Blu is an ideal flow wrapper to help them achieve packaging that effectively displays Michelle’s Bakery tasty treats while maintaining the freshness of their products. I look forward to partnering with Michelle’s Bakery as their operations continue to grow.”

Currently, Michelle’s Bakery is using the Merlin Blu to wrap their famous chocolate oatmeal cookies in single serve packs at 50 packs per minute, as well as whole coconut pies at a rate of 25 per minute.

Amica Chips Speaks at 2014 imPACKED event in Italy

Amica Chips Speaks at 2014 imPACKED event in Italy

Hayssen Flexible Systems recently held the 2014 imPACKED event in Padova, Italy, with Amica Chips as the featured customer sponsor. This video recaps highlights from the week-long show as well as interviews with customers, suppliers and packaging partners from around the globe. The event features vertical and horizontal form fill seal equipment and related equipment from Barry-Wehmiller  including Schib flow wrapping and packaging lines, Thiele Technologies case packing, Accraply labeling and Pneumatic Scale Angelus filling systems. For more info on upcoming imPACKED events, please contact


MOLINO ANDINO S.A. headquartered in La Paz is a large Bolivian producer of Flours and Pasta who has been present on the market for over 35 years. Molino Andino purchased its first wheat flour mill in 1978. In 1999 Molino Andino started to diversify its offerings by acquiring its first pasta processing lines and the company has been steadily expanding its output since. In 2010, Molino Andino decided to enter the bakery business by purchasing a processing line for panettone and muffins and it is currently installing another two state-of-the-art biscuit lines as well as one wafer line in a plant of over 7000 m2.

In view of major growth, MOLINO ANDINO S.A. is now further expanding by creating ALIMENTOS AGUA CLARA S.A. that will start its operations in June, 2015 in the new Santa Cruz site.  To improve efficiency in its packaging division at the historic plant of La Paz, as well as to freshly equip the new Santa Cruz plant, MOLINO ANDINO has completely relied on SCHIB – HAYSSEN FLEXIBLE SYSTEMS technology.

Carlos Gutierrez Vega, Managing Director of Molino Andino, affirms that he made the decision of contracting Schib because of the excellent reputation Schib enjoys in South America.  Schib, an Italian-based manufacturer, is very well known and appreciated for both the high quality of its equipment and the careful after-sales service it offers to the customer base.  Schib Sales Director Elvio Corato adds, “Culminating a constant field work, Schib is now acquiring this important job order that includes various primary and secondary packaging lines for wafer and panettone as well as for biscuits and crackers in pile and on edge.”

Schib’s lines dedicated to on-edge collations of products are ideal for packaging biscuits, crackers, and cookies on edge, assuring that the product is gently handled and yet offering total control of the slug throughout the packaging cycle. A 90° feeder takes the products on edge, either manually or automatically fed, and transfers them into the in-feed chain of the flow pack machine.  At this point, the collations of products are supported and transferred to the end seal head.  5-axis servo control, automatic film splicing, photocell for print registered films, and No Product – No Bag function complete the line configuration. Speeds up to 120 packs per minute. For more details, visit Schib’s website.

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