Au­to­mated pack­ing so­lu­tion al­le­vi­ates labour con­straints

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HMPS, a lead­ing Aus­tralian case pack­ing and pal­letis­ing ma­chin­ery builder, has been awarded the con­tract for the in­stal­la­tion of its HMPS1000 RSC Bag in Box (BIB) Case Packer and Sys­tem In­te­gra­tion so­lu­tion at a ma­jor lo­cal food and bev­er­age com­pany.

A large dairy pro­ducer re­quested the sup­ply and in­stal­la­tion of an HMPS1000 Bag in Box Case Packer. The ma­chine had to erect, load and seal a car­ton con­tain­ing cream cheese.

HMPS had to work to spe­cific cus­tomer re­quire­ments and the HMPS ma­chine had to be in­te­grated with two other ma­chines from sep­a­rate sup­pli­ers – a Ver­ti­cal Form Filled Seal ( VFFS) ma­chine and a pump­ing dos­ing unit con­tain­ing a lance which would fill the cheese into the bag.

The sys­tem in­te­gra­tion had to be seam­less to avoid down­time. Down­time in this par­tic­u­lar ap­pli­ca­tion would mean spoilt goods for the cus­tomer or man­ual labour.


Ac­cord­ing to Mark Em­mett, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of HMPS the in­tri­cacy of this ma­chine is in the way the bag is filled. “Nor­mal Bag in Box ma­chines would fill the bags and then place the bags into the box. This par­tic­u­lar ma­chine places the bag into the box and then filled it once in the car­ton,” he says.

Due to the long thin shape of the car­ton, which had to be ex­actly this shape and size, made it dif­fi­cult to place a filled bag into the box. “Pro­cessed cheese comes with its own set of pack­ag­ing chal­lenges. There should be no air bub­bles, the bag needs to be com­pletely filled with high tem­per­a­ture cheese in a way which will al­low it to set in the cor­rect size and shape dur­ing tran­sit. Once filled, it is dif­fi­cult to fit a bag of pro­cessed cheese into a car­ton as the cheese im­me­di­ately starts to set and takes on the shape of the bag, and not the car­ton.”

The lance used in this process had the ad­van­tage that it could start fill­ing the bag from the bot­tom, and move up it starts fill­ing – this means no air bub­bles and no splash­ing. The speed of the pump could also be var­ied to al­low for faster fill­ing ini­tially and then slow­ing down as it gets to the top of the bag. The re­sult is a com­plete square block of cheese with no air bub­bles which could be cut to the ex­act size needed for a fast food chain.

The in­stal­la­tion, which was re­cently com­pleted, will see the com­pany ben­e­fit­ing from an au­to­mated, low main­te­nance and easy-clean so­lu­tion that meets Aus­tralian OH&S (Oc­cu­pa­tional Health & Safety) stan­dards. The so­lu­tion will ul­ti­mately al­le­vi­ate the com­pany’s end-of-line labour con­straints.

The HMPS so­lu­tion

The HMPS BIB case packer so­lu­tion of­fers an es­ti­mated life­span of 10 years and min­i­mal run­ning cost as all parts are lo­cal and read­ily avail­able; ser­vices are also con­ducted by an Aus­tralian team. All HMPS sys­tems are ex­plic­itly de­signed and built to meet Aus­tralian and In­ter­na­tional safety stan­dards.

Ad­di­tion­ally, HMPS con­ducted its own com­pre­hen­sive risk as­sess­ment and pre-in­stal­la­tion ma­chine test­ing to en­sure the sys­tem meets safety re­quire­ments and ad­heres to the com­pany’s out­put spec­i­fi­ca­tions. The sys­tem also meets the fol­low­ing stan­dards: • Aus­tralian Guard­ing Stan­dard AS4024. • Depart­ment of Labour – Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and

Safety; and • Lo­cal elec­tri­cal au­thor­i­ties and wiring rules AS3000. To en­sure max­i­mum sys­tem us­age, HMPS will also pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive op­er­a­tor and main­te­nance train­ing dur­ing the in­stal­la­tions process.


The food and bev­er­age com­pany’s pack­ing op­er­a­tions will upon com­ple­tion of the project benefit from the fol­low­ing im­por­tant fea­tures, says HMPS: • An au­to­mated sys­tem that pro­vides sig­nif­i­cant labour sav­ing and con­sis­tently pack­aged prod­ucts. • Low main­te­nance as the HMPS BIB sys­tem is stain­less steel which en­sure both life and ideal food and bev­er­age ap­pli­ca­tion. Also, fully welded frames re­duce the pos­si­bil­ity of bac­te­rial growth. • A proven bag load­ing sys­tem which en­sures cor­rect bag ori­en­ta­tion and min­imises dam­age risk. • A large ca­pac­ity car­ton mag­a­zine with low load­ing height which en­ables the sys­tem to op­er­ate for long pe­ri­ods of time with­out op­er­a­tor at­ten­tion. Part­ner­ing with HMPS of­fers the fol­low­ing im­por­tant ben­e­fits: • Quick in­stall – HMPS de­signs, builds and tests all its pack­ag­ing ma­chines lo­cally which mean quicker de­liv­ery and in­stal­la­tion. • Re­spon­sive sup­port – deal­ing with an Aus­tralian com­pany means the food and bev­er­age com­pany ben­e­fits from rapid, real-time re­sponse. • HMPS is the largest case pack­ing and pal­letis­ing ma­chin­ery builder in Aus­tralia with 35 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence and over 300 in­stal­la­tions in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

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