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Sliding rail packing solution eliminates product contamination

18 July 2016

An automated packing system, designed and installed by Pacepacker Services, has enabled horse feed manufacturer, FH Nash, to overcome space issues and eliminate product contamination, to bag 22 different products with a single bagging system that is designed to toggle between two separate production lines. 

Operations director of FH Nash Joe Venner explains the issues: “Within a limited space, we had to pack many different varieties of horse feed and two products with completely different handling properties – a dry product and molassed product, which is syrup like in texture.  As a result we felt we had no option but to establish two separate lines in order to eliminate the risk of cross product contamination which would be both cost and space prohibitive.”

To minimise outlay, Pacepacker designed a bespoke C21 Multi-Pile Sack Placer and a Total Bag Control (TBC) on sliding rails so it could toggle between the two production lines. Pacepacker’s sliding rails solution was interlocked into the weighing system on each production line to work in unison and gives Nash the ability to pack two separate products.

“A single TBC machine built on sliding rails toggles between the two production lines.  Because only the TBC moved between lines, Nash was able to use two separate weighing systems to keep the different product consistencies apart – completely eliminating the risk of contamination,” said Paul Wilkinson, business development manager at Pacepacker Services.

Pacepacker has programmed the TBC to be locked into place with each of the individual weighing systems – once it has been transported via the sliding rails system – before operation begins. At this point the C21 Multi-Pile Sack Placer presents the bag to the sack clamp under the weigher and once filled the TBC transfers the filled bag to the belt feeder and stitching unit resulting in the bags and conveyors operating in perfect timing. 

“The Pacepacker equipment has also been seamlessly integrated to work with our existing equipment and is running at an output of 500 bags per hour,”said Venner. 

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