PA C K A G I N G CUSTOM SOLUTION WORKS A TREAT FOR NEW SNACK FOOD Ready-to-eat or snack products are a growth market, and EQM has been involved DRIVE www.foodtechnology.co.nz 27 EQM’s Anthony Bloxham says an enquiry from a visitor to the company’s exhibition stand at the show asked if it could find a solution to moving a fragile product from the hygienic packaging facility to another room where it would be boxed up and distributed to market. Bloxham met with the production manager and owner to scope the requirements and design a layout plan, learning that the company had already begun installing the food packaging equipment but didn’t have an end-of-line system. “This visitor to our exhibition stand had seen our conveyor and rotary table display, and asked if we could find a solution to complete their production ATTN17EQM02 line, which involved moving a perishable, fragile snack food product from the room it’s made and packed in through to the next room where it is packed into retail-ready packaging, which in turn is packed into cardboard boxes and dispatched,” Bloxham says. “Following consultation with the production manager and owner, we scoped the requirements, came up with a layout plan and presented our suggested solution. Once the project was approved, they asked us to contact the supplier of the specialist food packaging machine to get the detailed dimensions and final actions of the machine, so that the conveyors could be designed to fit seamlessly with it and handle the product correctly to prevent any product damage.” It took a series of belt conveyors with special transfers to finally end up with a rotary table that accumulated END OF LINE MOVE PACK Packing Experts When it comes to powering, moving and packing your products, EQM is your go-to experts. Contact us today 0800 147 847 or visit eqm.co.nz Produce Snack Meat Beverage Dairy the products for packaging. The layout also included room for expansion and duplication of the system to future-proof it, Bloxham says. “The project is a great example of how to get a successful outcome through the utilisation of EQM standard N-Track conveyor designs specially adapted to fit a specific product and purpose,” he says. “We make it very simple for our clients…we start with a discussion to get a better understanding of their requirements, we get a first-hand look at the facility, collect information on the existing equipment and discuss their preferred production line layout. “From there we can develop layout drawings if necessary and recommend the most effective system and flow. It doesn’t always work this way but the outcome will be much more successful if we are engaged in the early stages,” Bloxham says. “We had limited time between the final parts of the packing line arriving and our conveyor being installed for the production line to be up and running. It’s all about constant communication with the customer to make sure we are answering questions as well as exceeding their expectations.” Call EQM now to discuss end-of-line projects and experience the complete EQM experience. Freephone 0800 147 847 Email email@example.com | Web www.eqm.co.nz in an exciting new food product that is set to hit supermarket shelves. It can’t reveal the product yet, but its involvement came about following the Foodtech Packtech expo in Auckland last year.
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