C O N V E Y O R S A N D M AT E R I A L S H A N D L I N G www.foodtechnology.co.nz 37 When an iconic Australian food company needed a new method for the reliable continuous supply of snack biscuits to its high-speed weighers and feeders for packaging, it sought the assistance of two leading Australian manufacturing companies to help. Collaborating together, Victoria-based Kiel Industries and Sydney’s Pro Ali Design in Sydney designed and built a new production line for their client, solving a major requirement for replacing existing bins and handling systems with a line that used a cleaner and more versatile bin. ‘Cleaner’, says Kiel managing director Colin Kiel, meant that the 650-litre food-grade polyethylene bins required had to be pallet-sized with smooth walls, easy to clean, able to be stacked safely up to eight high, able to be emptied completely, and with no residual biscuits being trapped by corners or edges. And it wasn’t an easy proposition. Their client’s biscuit production process involved several stages: • Pastry is made and spread before the topping is added and then cut to shape and baked. • Once through the ovens, the snack biscuits are placed into the Kiel-designed plastic storage and transport bins in large plastic bags. • When the biscuits are ready for packing, the bins are moved and the biscuits decanted to portion pack sizes of 25g and 70g. • Portion packs are retained in the Kiel bins until bin emptying is required to create multipacks on the packaging line. The portion packs are then boxed, ready to be sent out to supermarkets across the country. On top of that, the biscuit manufacturer insisted on a 14-day turnaround between baking and packaging to retain freshness. During this two-week period, approximately 1000 bins of snack biscuits are produced and, to meet this demand and ensure there are always sufficient Speed up production with quality design and custom-built solutions Manufacturers of Quality made Conveyor Systems, Rollers and Components Call now for a free proposal 0800 144 044 email@example.com www.dynonz.co.nz FT013 bins, Kiel manufactured 1500 bins in total. To make matters even more challenging, Keil was only given four months to produce the minimum number of 800 bins. “This was a little tight because during our normal operational shifts, one mould can only produce 100 bins per month,” Colin Kiel says. “We had to maximise the efficiency and utilisation of the production line to make best use of the machines.” Once the design of the bin had been confirmed, prototypes were sent to Pro Ali Design in Sydney for development of the automated BISCUITS BRAIN ON THE “We had to maximise the efficiency and utilisation of the production line to make best use of the machines.” Go Straight to the Specialist It’s more than just designing, manufacturing and supplying a comprehensive range of conveyors and components to the New Zealand processing industry that Dyno offers. With products and services that extend from small specialist bearings to full turnkey systems, the company also invests in ongoing research and development that ensures both it and its customers remain at the forefront of the industry. The fine tuning of Dyno’s existing industry proven products, and its ability to envisage, design and manufacture successful conveyor systems are what makes it special. With emphasis on box, crate, bin and pallet-moving, the company offers tailored packages that cover the industry spectrum. Dyno’s economical, traditional or cutting edge products service industries such as processing, packaging, manufacturing and warehousing, offering quality New Zealand-made products and more than 25 years of experience in the materials handling industry.
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