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Egg packaging machinery for Oaklands Farm Eggs

20 June 2011

Endoline Machinery has assisted a major egg distributor in setting up an efficient packaging system within their new factory – which will see over 1.4 million eggs being packed per day

A family run business, Oaklands Farm Eggs rank among Europe’s elite - producing nearly 500 million eggs per year. The company recently opened a new technologically advanced packing station in Ruabon Wales which puts them in the unique position as the only provider of 100% Welsh eggs – all of which are not touched by human hand.

From the hens the eggs are transported through a vigorous seven stage microscopic inspection in the form of a Moba 500 Egg Grading Machine and if found to have any slight faults they are automatically discarded. Eggs are packed via a Moba CP12 case packer consisting of two high speed case packers that can each pack up to 12,500 eggs per hour.

However a case erector was required to feed boxes into the Moba CP 12 case packer via a conveyor system, to enhance efficiency. Moba had previously worked in tandem with Endoline on other assignments, including a prior project with Oaklands in 2007, so were contacted to install a case erector which would be capable in dealing with the high volume of production whilst working in conjunction with Moba’s machinery.

With the installation running in two phases Endoline initially installed a 221 Case Erector which would be able to keep up with the high demand required from BOTH sides of the Moba CP12 Case Packer.

Boxes formed by the Endoline 221 case erector – which features a unique dual opposing vacuum case opening which ensures each case is opened positively from both sides -were transported as a pair along a conveyor system to the CP12 to pack the eggs – at a rate of 960 boxes per hour.

In the second phase of the installation Endoline installed two Endoline 702 fully automatic pre-set case tapers and one Endoline 704 random case sealer.

Oaklands is a second generation family farm, now run by Elwyn and Gareth Griffiths. John Aled Griffiths, the farms ambassador, started the business 60 years ago with his wife Olwen. The business has grown over the years and is recognised worldwide as The Centre of Excellence within the egg industry. They attract visitors from many countries who come to see and learn from the technical capabilities on farm, that are constantly updating.

Some things however never change at Oaklands; being a family run farm, caring for their flocks and the environment without any compromise. Oaklands produce over 500 million eggs a year from their hens all now living in their new colony housing. They are ready well ahead of the EU legislation deadline for January 2012.


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