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Case Study: Stainless steel packing lines for fresh food manufacturing

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article image Endoline’s semi-automatic case erector is capable of dealing with an array of different case sizes

End-of-line equipment specialist Endoline Machinery recently assisted a leading UK supermarket supplier in meeting an increased demand for fresh produce.

One of the UK’s leading fresh produce manufacturers, the company specialises in the supply of bagged salads and fruit/salad bowls and trays to major retail and food service companies. Requiring greater production space to meet a surge in demand for prepared fruit bowls, the company had a purpose-built facility constructed to house the processing and packaging of their fruit and salad lines.

Automation specialist Endoline was appointed to create five packing lines consisting of case erectors and case sealers. While the company sought to enhance the automation to increase throughput, they also required the machinery to be stainless steel for a fully washdown specification to meet stringent hygiene regulations.

Endoline recommended the installation of their 100 series of semi-automatic case erectors, offering an efficient alternative to manually erecting boxes and capable of dealing with an array of different case sizes.

According to Endoline’s Regional Account Manager, the company packs over a dozen different case sizes, including very narrow and low SRP cases, based on customer requirements; it was therefore essential that the new equipment was able to deal with the changes with no change-over time. Endoline machinery was modified to both meet their mechanical/electrical specification and to cope with 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 automatically adjust height and width setting to deal with the various box sizes running through the equipment. 

Since semi-automating the packing lines, this fresh produce manufacturer has dramatically improved their output and production efficiency with the redeployment of manual workers.

Endoline Machinery is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Walls Machinery .

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