Multi-Fill Inc. of Utah USA has successfully installed an automatic volumetric filler for a large Victorian food manufacturer, Casa Della Pasta at their Thomastown facility.
Multi-Fill Inc. specialises in the manufacture of semi-automatic volumetric fillers and automatic volumetric fillers for the home meal replacement, convenience foods as well as food service industries and is represented in Oceania by HBM Packaging & Plastics Technologies .
Casa Della Pasta has a reputation for supplying high quality Fresh, Frozen & Precooked Pasta, Ready Meals, Pasta and Finishing Sauces and Pasta Bakes.
Until the Multi-Fill automatic volumetric filler was introduced into production, the company was constrained by the sticky nature of their pasta products and had a manual filling operation with a line output of 16 meals per minute.
Managing Director of Casa Della Pasta, Angelo Sperlinga said, “Long pasta such as spaghetti or fettuccine was always a problem because of their sticky nature. Now we can dose efficiently and effectively with one clean dose. Most of our products were previously pre-weighed by hand.
“We had 3-4 people pre-dosing our products into trays as we could not get the weight or position right. This process is now achieved with one person who ensures that the feed hopper has product.”
The purchase of the Multi-Fill automatic volumetric filler has saved their company 5 employees per shift, and the increased production volumes have given them the confidence to bring in new business.
The Multi-Fill MPFSH-075 volumetric filler was chosen by Casa Della Pasta as it is capable of processing difficult-to-handle products such as cooked rice, cooked pasta, cut fruit and vegetables, cereals as well as shredded meats and has an output speed of between 50 – 75cpm, depending on the product and the container type.
The machine installed at Casa has increased their production by 300% to 50 meals per minute, improved quality and eliminated the need for manual pre-dosing resulting in a significant reduction in labour requirement.