Sliced ap­ples are in the bag, stay­ing fresh and crisp

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - FOOD PROCESSING -

In di­ver­si­fy­ing their ex­per­tise in fruit prod­ucts, SPC Ard­mona launched a new line of su­per­mar­ket prod­ucts in 2013 – bagged sliced ap­ples.

As a new prod­uct, pack­ag­ing speed and ac­cu­racy were es­sen­tial in the pack­ag­ing ma­chin­ery sought by the firm.

The sliced red and green ap­ples grown in Vic­to­ria are now avail­able in su­per­mar­kets and con­ve­nience stores through­out Aus­tralia.

“Qual­ity con­trol is nat­u­rally a very im­por­tant part of SPC Ard­mona’s op­er­a­tions,” says Chris John­son, Em­rich’s en­gi­neer­ing man­ager. “And this ex­tends to the qual­ity and ac­cu­racy of pack­ag­ing too, which is also a crit­i­cal con­cern of the su­per­mar­ket chains and other re­tail cus­tomers.”

In re­search­ing pack­ag­ing ma­chin­ery op­tions, en­gi­neers from SPC Ard­mona con­ducted ex­ten­sive fac­tory ac­cep­tance tri­als at the PFM fac­tory in Italy us­ing the PFM Comet ver­ti­cal form fill seal bag­ger and MBP C2 se­ries multi-head weigher.

“Us­ing both the bag­ger and multi-head weigher, the line speed tri­als ran at 100 packs a minute, with an ac­cu­racy of well be­low one stan­dard de­vi­a­tion achieved,” says Chris. “As the Comet is a con­tin­u­ous mo­tion ma­chine, the line per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well in terms of speed and ac­cu­racy, and there­fore met SPC Ard­mona’s per­for­mance re­quire­ments.”

Both ma­chines are also easy to clean and the C2 weigher can be cleaned us­ing a wash­down process.

“SPC Ard­mona’s en­gi­neers also cited the Comet’s self di­ag­no­sis ca­pa­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity as rea­sons for choos­ing to buy the form fill seal bag­ger.”

The pack­ag­ing ma­chin­ery was in­stalled in SPC Ard­mona’s Mooroopna fac­tory in 2012.

“The Em­rich tech­ni­cal team in­stalled and com­mis­sioned the equip­ment and we have also pro­vided op­er­a­tor train­ing, parts sup­ply and on­go­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port. Over­all, the project has been suc­cess­ful for all par­ties.”­eren­quiry #D131210

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