Riggs Autopack of Lancashire UK is a leading supplier of volumetric depositors, filling machines, transfer pumps and conveyor filling lines to the food industry.
The company has developed a twin head depositor for hot mash potato in collaboration with their customer, a well-known UK Ready Meals producer.
Mashed potato is a difficult-to-fill product with the result that it has been deposited manually even on automated filling lines, creating inconsistencies with weights, visual aesthetics and product positioning relative to the other products in the container.
Riggs Autopack developed a solution consisting of single or multi-head depositors that incorporate an auger for consistent feeding. The depositor also includes a depositing nozzle with a decorating head, which can be customised to meet the aesthetic requirements of individual customers. Designed for semi or fully automatic operation, the new machine can handle multiple pack types including single portion meals and multi-portions of between two and 12 servings.
Riggs Autopack also offers depositors that can fill hot and cold liquid, semi-liquid and suspended solid goods including a wide range of ready meal products such as soups, stews, casseroles or curries, and are able to deposit fragile vegetables and cooked meats in sauce with particulates up to 38mm cubed as standard. Meal components can also be handled straight from cooking kettles and chilled storage, as the systems are unaffected by temperature.
Riggs Autopack is represented in Oceania by HBM Packaging & Plastics Technologies