Salt of the Earth introduced a new, sophisticated automatic packaging production line at its manufacturing facility to improve quality and expand packaging options.
Salt of the Earth’s decision to improve production and customer options with an automated packaging system was motivated by its sustainability strategy and continued efforts to stay on the cutting edge of food industry trends.
The €1 million high-tech automatic packaging system is designed for tablets and granular salt products. Using rolls instead of traditional premade polyethylene (PE) bags, the new system enables the expansion of the product range to 10kg and 25kg packaging, while significantly improving packaging quality of the company’s products.
Salt of the Earth CEO Dovik Tal explains that the new packaging system is another step toward expanding on their sustainable strategy wherein they actively seek ways to reduce energy consumption and resources and, above all, improve product quality, all of which have a direct effect on operating costs.
Specifically designed to meet the company’s requirements, the new packaging line is fully automated and incorporates a large storage tank, dual packing machine and conveyors custom-adjusted to the former packaging lines to allow re-use of suitable existing equipment and incorporation of an automatic palletiser robot.
According to Ofer Rokni, Managing Director of Salt of the Earth, the majority of malfunction risks in their former production line will now be resolved with the new system. Some of the benefits include elimination of manual soldering in the packaging process, higher quality packaging, accurate application of raw material via a special weighting system leading to decreased waste, and fully automated stacking on palettes post-production providing employees a safer, healthier working environment.
Production packing capacity is expected to increase from 60 tons across three daily shipments to just one shipment per day. The transition from PE premade bags for packing to rolled packaging materials is expected to yield annual investment savings to the company.