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Baggers help coffee producer 'double productivity'

04 January 2011

tna has enabled Apfells Fine Coffees to boost productivity, improve set-up times and reduce its environmental impact, with the installation of tna robag vertical form fill-and-seal (VFFS) baggers

Since its establishment in 1914, Apfells has built a strong customer base in Southern California due to its high quality products. Recently, the company relocated to new premises, and used this move to audit its systems technology, upgrade equipment, streamline operations and boost productivity by doubling bagging rates to 100 – 120 bags per minute.

The coffee manufacturer required a turnkey solution, but as it was not replacing all of its packaging equipment, any new additions had to work alongside current machinery. It turned to tna as the industry leader in VFFS packaging and installed a tna robag bagger.

The tna robag delivers complete flexibility and maximises outputs, packing significantly more bags per minute than other available solutions. The bagger also enables manufacturers to reduce waste while ensuring the required accuracy. To achieve optimum results for Apfells, tna recommended the integration of the tna robag with Spee-Dee’s cup and augur fillers as well as a valve applicator. These dry product filling systems reduce unnecessary waste in dry fill packaging operations which use automatic equipment such as baggers.

Since the installation of this new equipment, Apfells has recognised clear advantages. Apfells CEO, Darryl Blunck, comments: “The tna robag has provided us with significant time and cost savings – crucial benefits in today’s challenging economic climate.

“We’ve boosted our bagging rate from 40–50 per minute to between 100 and 120 bags per minute. In addition, we have been able to reduce the amount of wasted bags caused by machine errors – enabling us to lower our environmental impact as well as providing significant financial savings.

The tna robag’s unique design also allows us to switch between products, such as coffee, tea and pancake mixes, quickly and easily, improving our set up times by up to 90 percent.

“Importantly, tna’s robag fitted seamlessly into our existing processes, causing minimum upheaval and enabling us to maintain production. tna's team of specialists were also on hand to support us every step of the way, offering help and advice on the most suitable solution to meet our needs. tna's systems will be key in maintaining our productivity in the future.”

Mark Lozano, national sales manager at tna added: “This installation further demonstrates our ability to provide complete solutions which respond exactly to our customer needs. The tna robag has delivered the productivity improvements that Apfells were looking for, doubling its output while minimizing waste. These operational efficiencies have helped Apfells weather the challenging economic climate.”

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