End-of-line automation on the up

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End-of-line automation on the up

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Automation of end-of-line packaging is increasing as food firms try to cut costs by cutting manual labour and improving product quality and consistency, says Interfood Technology.

But, to avoid unexpected costs, care in kit selection is essential, claims the equipment supplier.

Systems that combine X-ray or metal detection, with integrated checkweighing, are becoming an increasingly common feature in end-of-line packaging operations, says Rob Allen, divisional manager for Interfood’s Packing Solutions Division. Interfood represents Sparc Systems and Buhmann in the UK.

“Whether the line is producing breads, cakes, biscuits or other baked goods, they need to be inspected at the end of the processing line before being transferred to automatic case-packing systems, which place the individual packs into cases for display on supermarket shelves,”​ says Allen.

“When looking to invest in machinery to help automate the packaging process, one of the first things to do is check that it meets the specific requirements of the retailers that you are supplying now or in the future.” ​Another factor to consider is how a new machine will fit into your existing production line, he says.

With any automation comes the potential for production downtime, which can prove very costly, according to Allen .

“Any machine added to the line, therefore, needs to be easy to troubleshoot and, if something does go wrong, then ideally it should be easy to discover what the problem is and easy to rectify it.”

Contact: Interfood Technology

 

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