Lancashire Biscuits, part of Moorlands (UK) Ltd, came to us to extend the range of their Mondial flow wrappers and, as part of the upgrade process, we added features, modifications and size-change parts that greatly extended the size range the machines can handle.
The flowrapper was an older Italian Mondial machine which, although fairly basic, was originally manufactured at a time when even entry-level machines were rugged and well engineered.
We not only performed our usual upgrade and mechanical refurbishment but also added user adjustable jaw height, variable lug pitch and small product transfer rollers. This meant they could pack everything from a large tray of biscuits to individual and twin stacked biscuits of only 50mm diameter, in both standard OPP film and compostable NatureFlexTM. Some customers prefer adjustable fold-boxes and we can supply the correct type for each application, but in this case they wanted several fixed types which gave excellent quality tight packs and were easily changed over without requiring manual adjustment.
By working with the customer and analysing the work flow around the machine we also designed and supplied special infeed guides which incorporated a loading shelf to fit into their existing process. Such seemingly small additions come from expertise and experience and are key to improving overall efficiency.