The order for the London based company, Graham White & Co, to supply a new line of its Porky White brand of sausages into UK Tesco stores resulted in their use of a PA182 semiautomatic tray sealer from Packaging Automation (UK) - distributed by MPI Australia .
The PA182 tray sealer was selected because of its compact size, robust construction and ease of use.
Graham White & Co managing director Chris Price said: "Winning a UK meat industry award last year has really driven demand from the major UK retailers including Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury. We considered packaging equipment from two leading suppliers, focusing on quality and capability."
He explained: "Initially we thought we might need an automatic line, but we're very impressed by the capacity and the speed of the PA182 which is more than adequate to cope with the quantities we are dealing with - currently around 20,000 packs per week."
The PA182 is mainly hired by customers to cope very quickly with increases in demand when new orders are secured. It is also a solution for seasonal products or those where demand fluctuates throughout the year.
The sealer accommodates trays up to 120mm deep as standard and can seal and trim from a reel onto trays of CPET, polypropylene, PVC, board and foil.
Its small footprint makes it easy for smaller companies or those who need a machine to fit into a small production area. Hygienic design eliminates bug traps, while tool changes take just two minutes. Customers appreciate its ease of use and the fact it is easily portable so can be moved quickly from one production line to another if required.
Packaging Automation's technical sales engineer Rebecca Chung said: "Our hire deals continue to be popular throughout the food industry. We were able to help Graham White & Co Ltd to choose the best machine for their needs and work with them throughout the process to make sure everything was exactly as they needed it."