Simply African Foods www.simplyafricanfood.co.uk
With their biltong proving to be very popular this family business needed to move onto the next level, from hand-packing to a fully automated system. They turned to Intamac and, after carefully discussing their needs, they purchased a Vertical Form Fill Seal, IPS420E-SS with integrated 10 head multi-head, specially designed to pack dried goods for the snack food industry. Neil Dodson, MD at Simply African Foods is delighted with the machine,
“We were initially concerned about the outlay on a packaging machine but the Intamac machinery is compact and great value. We’ve been able to remain in our current premises, train our great team to use the new machinery and worked closely with Intamac to create a bespoke solution.”
The machine has also enabled a number of cost savings including 15% on packaging costs over the coming year. “We have also been able to increase one of our key contracts from packing 700 packs a week to 9700 packs, and this is just the beginning.” Neil continues, “We have more buying power with our suppliers, in particular for meat and packaging – because we are producing so much more product to fulfill the new contracts that we have won since purchasing the machine.”
Glowcroft Contract Packaging www.glowcroft.co.uk
Contract packing company Glowcroft has increased productivity by 46% following their installation of an IPS-8BTZ pre made pouch filling machine with integrated multi-head weigher. This versatile stand up pouch machine is capable of handling 25-500g packs, with the capacity to fill larger pouches if required. It is ideal for packing free flowing materials including snacks, pet food, pharmaceuticals and horticultural products. Glowcroft’s business has grown by over 20% in the past year, which led to this upgrade of its’ existing linear and rotary machinery.
“Everywhere we looked in the US we saw stand up pouch machines and it became clear that both manufacturers and consumers like the size, shape and flexibility of this packaging” says Steve Tarrant, managing director at Glowcroft. “It was after our trip to Global Pet Expo that we decided to purchase a new stand up pouch machine for our site.”
In operation the IPS-8BTZ has increased output to such an extent that the company has changed its double shift patterns to single shifts. ” The increased speed and changeover times has allowed significant changes to the business”, explains Tarrant, “we are able to use half the amount of labour with twice the output, which means we can respond to the increasing demands of our customers. Intamac’s approach was refreshingly professional – they sat and listened to our business needs and were honest about the capabilities of the machine, ” he continues. “It was the right machine, for the right job at a good price!”