Lacy Cooper

 


Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP® is a BOOMing business with a story nothing short of fantastical. Dan and Angie Bastian began selling their kettle corn in 2001 at local events where their kettle corn quickly caught the eye and more importantly, the taste buds, of the Minnesota Vikings NFL team. And what started in a Minnesota garage has exploded into a growing business of better-for-you-snacks from Angie’s Artisan Treats. All BOOMCHICKAPOP products are certified gluten-free non-GMO, with simple ingredients and incredible taste.

Ten years after their small venture began, the company has grown from the husband and wife pair to more than 100 employees producing 80,000 bags a day. Their Sea Salt, Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn, and many other varieties can be found all over the United States in stores including Costco, Target, Whole Foods, Lunds and other retail stores.

In September 2015, Angie’s Artisan Treats opened a new manufacturing and distribution center in Reno, Nevada which will bring 160 jobs to the region.  In building the facility, Angie’s installed two ULTIMA ST bagging systems from Hayssen Flexible Systems to package their all natural popcorn in various flavors and sizes. Constantly innovating,  Angie’s is committed to launching new snack products and continuous investments in their people and facilities.  In order to accommodate the various package sizes and frequent changeovers of product, Angie’s chose Hayssen’s Ultima ST systems, known as a “workhorse” for its rugged dependability, yet ease of operation and changeover of film and product. To meet the needs of a growing business, two complete systems were purchased. The Ultima ST 12-16 is a small frame model, saving valuable floor space.

Brad Burkenpas, General Manager for the Reno facility, decided upon Hayssen equipment due to the performance of existing equipment at Angie’s first facility located in North Mankato, Minnesota. Burkenpas comments, “The project scope for the packaging operations begins with the presentation of the kettle corn into an Ishida Computer Combination Weigher. The Ishida weigher quickly & accurately weighs the product into the Ultima ST bagger which forms the film into a bag, and then seals the bags through intermittent motion jaws. After the fill and seal, the pillow bags are carried by conveyor to end-of-line packaging equipment.”

The Ultima ST features tear notch sealing to create easy-open bags, a stager to prevent end seal contamination (yielding higher packaging efficiency) and gas flushing to maintain the intensity of each flavor so consumers get a consistently great product. The system also features Allen-Bradley Controls and HMI to ensure user-friendliness and prompt training for the machine operators.

Currently, the Reno facility is running Angie’s products in sizes of 20g at speeds of 70 packages per minute up to 23 oz. sizes at 30 packages per minute.

Ed Haarsgaard, Sales Executive for Hayssen Flexible Systems, comments, “Angie’s is a great example of an entrepreneurial company that has established itself in the ‘better for you food’ category by staying on trend with consumer tastes. That means maintaining flexibility and reacting to an ever changing landscape, which is one of the strengths of the Ultima with its fast changeovers. We are proud to be a partner in supporting Angie’s long term growth objectives and look forward to the continued strengthening of our decade long relationship.”

For more info on Hayssen’s Ultima ST, please contact us at sales@hayssen.com.

For more info on Angie’s Artisan Treats and BOOMCHICKAPOP, please visit www.BOOMCHICKAPOP.com

 

Sachs Peanuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sachs Peanuts has a proud tradition of quality and service dating back four generations, family owned and operated for more than a century. Sachs processes, packages and distributes quality salted in-shell peanuts from the heart of the Virginia and the Carolina’s peanut growing regions. As industry leaders in private label and co-branded peanuts, they service retailers and wholesalers, including supplying peanuts to many popular restaurant chains.

To meet market demands, Sachs recently invested in their Clarkton, North Carolina facility, including a new vertical form fill seal packaging system from Hayssen Flexible Systems. In an effort to continually improve, Sachs regularly works to develop new products and services to better serve their customers. As equally important is their commitment to on-time delivery and safety. Sachs chose a stainless steel washdown ULTIMA ST 13-22 bagging system from Hayssen Flexible Systems.  The equipment is constructed with stainless steel product contact surfaces designed to withstand the salt fines from the roasted and salted peanuts. The open access tubular frame provides ease of maintenance and cleaning for the machine operators as well. Hayssen also provided Sachs with an integrated Yamato 514 multi-head scale.

The packaging line consists of a vibratory infeed conveyor with product screening. The infeed conveyor feeds product to a bucket elevator which elevates the peanuts to the height of the Yamato scale. Again, the product goes to a vibratory conveyor for a second screening of product, and then dispensing onto the scale at a steady rate.

The peanuts are then dropped into the ULTIMA ST for form, fill and seal. The laminate film is pulled from a roll, formed over the forming tube, filled with the peanuts and then sealed as a completed bag. The packaging line also includes an incline conveyor that receives completed bags off the bagger and dispenses it onto a rotary table for manual case packing.

Currently, Sachs is using this system to package a variety of package sizes, up to 8 different weights, anywhere from 8 oz to 5 lb pillow packages. The ULTIMA ST is well suited in that it offers quick changeovers with Allen-Bradley controls and HMI screen. The 8 oz packages are running at 75 packages per minute, while the larger 5 lb bags run at a consistent 40 packages per minute.

Tom Ribken, Sales Executive for this project, comments, “Sachs Peanuts has been a Hayssen customer for 2 decades now.  The new Ultima ST/Yamato scale system we recently provided replaced an older system from the 1990’s.  Now Sachs Peanuts can fulfill their large orders for the 5 pound bags much faster compared to before.  We are proud to partner with Sachs and look forward to supplying future needs as their company grows.”

 

Does your packaging application require daily sanitation?
Check out this video to see how simple and fast it is to washdown the Simionato Logic vffs bagger.

If product residuals are not removed promptly they may form deposits and seriously damage rollers, which can create considerable friction with film feeding and ultimately leading to tearing of the film. If you want to keep your bagger timeless, you need to clean it regularly, and it’s simple to do on the Logic bagger. For more information, contact sales@hayssen.com.

 

 

Forno Miotti TartsItalian-based Forno Miotti is a family-owned bakery established near Padua by Cesare Miotti back in 1930. The company, currently run by Cesare’s grandchildren Ferdinando and Luca Tabaschi, has been producing delicious bakery products with the same passion and care its founder had in the past. Forno Miotti’s specialties are artisanal fruit tarts, full of flavor and fragrance, like homemade cakes.

To support the growing demand for these little bites of heaven, Forno Miotti has just recently installed a Schib CO50 packaging machine.

Schib CO50

Luca Tabaschi, Production Manager, explains his decision to turn to Schib. “In up-scaling our production we needed a dependable packaging machine that could offer us enough flexibility to pack our tarts selection. We opted for Schib because of their experience in the bakery industry. The Schib CO50 machine is extremely well built and it ensures that we are able to meet our increased production requirements.”

Fharid Peron, Sales Executive at Schib, comments: “We are very proud to be part of the fantastic growth of Forno Miotti, an outstanding example of the Italian dedication to quality.”

 

T Wilson and SonsT.Wilson’s fresh carrots packaged on Hayssen Flexible Systems VFFS machine

T.Wilson and Sons (Farmers) Ltd, a family-run business in Merseyside, England, farms a wide variety of high quality fresh produce. In order to pack all their fresh products, T.Wilson relied once again on Hayssen Flexible Systems’ technology, specifically a Simionato Logic vertical packaging machine.

During the Pre-Dispatch Inspection, Rob Wilson explained his decision to buy the Logic bag maker, “I need a machine that is easy to use and when switched on, it just works. This is what I will get with the Simionato Logic 35 bagger. It is a simple machine, versatile and long lasting.”Logic VFFS

The customer’s existing weighing system feeds the Hayssen vertical packaging machine with fresh carrots. The carrots then fall into a custom-made cone and a forming tube. The tube has a shatterproof mechanism, which eliminates any problems related to film breakage during the product flow.

For additional information on all products, visit the website www.hayssen.com.

 

Southern Salads Continuous Motion PackagingSouthern Salads, based in Kent in the UK has recently installed two Novus 350s to pack their Iceberg lettuce and other leaves. This installation is part of a major investment in their processing and packing facility.

Southern Salads is a hugely successful family run business. Starting life off in markets in London, CEO & founder Ray Boakes developed the business by supplying shredded lettuce to multinational high street restaurant chains and has continued to serve this market ever since.

Southern Salads is a long-standing Hayssen Flexible Systems’ customer who utilise several intermittentSandiacre TG 320 machines to pack their products. When they decided to move forward with continuous motion packing, it was a logical move to choose Hayssen Flexible Systems’ machinery. Their new Novus produce specification machines have been specifically designed to improve speeds, pack integrity and decrease maintenance and servicing costs against current machines.

The unique product stager device prevents product from getting into the end seals and the Novus’ Quali-seal jaws offer extended sealing times and increased pack seal integrity. The Novus’s independent bag squeezer reduces oxygen levels in the bag, while the gas flushing feature slows down bacterial growth, increasing the longevity of the product’s shelf life. “Hayssen Flexible Systems’ ability to supply machines with a guaranteed increase in output and seal integrity was a key decision making factor to help us better serve our customers,” says Andrew Boakes, Managing Director at Southern Salads.

Andrew Boakes explains further “Having experienced Hayssen Flexible Systems’ outstanding after sales service support for many years it was an easy decision to continue our relationship with them. Their technical team are always readily available to give support and advice which we highly value.”

 
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Moving Business Forward: Barry-Wehmiller Video

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.

For more information about Barry-Wehmiller’s company and services, please check out the website at www.barry-wehmiller.com.

 

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.

For additional details regarding this case study, please contact info@hayssen.com

 

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.”

For more information, please contact sales@hayssen.com.

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