The company is one of the UK’s leading fresh produce manufacturers, specialising in the supply of bagged salads and fruit/salad bowls and trays, to major retail and food service companies.
As the company faced a surge in demand for prepared fruit bowls, the need for greater production space grew, as their Project Manager explains: “As orders increased so too did the need for greater capacity and we couldn’t fit any more equipment into our existing factories so a purpose built facility was constructed to house the processing and packaging of our fruit and salad lines.”
Automation specialist Endoline was appointed to create five packing lines consisting of case erectors & case sealers. Historically box sealers were used within their factories however within the new purpose built site they were looking to enhance the automation to increase throughput. A key requirement in the design of the machinery was for it to be stainless steel for a fully wash down specification to meet stringent hygiene regulations.
As all of their equipment range can be built with stainless steel, Endoline recommended the installation of their 100 series of Semi-Automatic case erectors. While being the ideal first step to automation, this range offers an efficient alternative to manually erecting boxes and is capable of dealing with an array of different case sizes.
Endoline’s Regional Account Manager comments: “This company packs over a dozen different case sizes, including very narrow and low SRP cases, dependent on the customer requirements, so it was essential that the equipment we installed was able to deal with the changes with no change over time. Therefore our machinery was modified to both meet their mechanical/electrical specification and to cope with all of the varying case sizes.”
The ready packed bowls of fruit are hand packed into the erected boxes via a conveyor belt which then feeds the filled boxes in the Endoline semi-automatic random case sealer – automatically sealing both the top and bottom of the box simultaneously. The sealers installed automatically adjust height and width setting to deal with the various box sizes running through.
Since semi-automating the packing lines, this fresh produce manufacturer has dramatically improved their output and production efficiency with the redeployment of manual workers.
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