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Combined weigher-bagger lifts snack food presentation

19 November 2012

Contract packer Mintons Good Food, based in Powys, has installed a combined weigher and bagging machine from Italian manufacturer PFM Packaging Machinery to handle a range of snack products in bags of 25-100g.

The ZC2 machine was bought, says Mintons' managing director Roger Watkins, to improve presentation of the stand-up four-side-seal packs produced for a number of major brands as well as well as Mintons' own range of Hungry Dragon savory snacks.

"The PFM ZC2 machine gives us a very good quality quad bag, far better aligned and accurate than our previous machine," he explains.

The ZC2 is a combination of the PFM ten-head C2 weigher mounted directly on the PFM Zenith entry-level bagging machine. With no gantry, floor space requirements are reduced and drop height shortened, which reduces risk of product breakage.

"We have a delicate product, a peanut cracker, that could be prone to breakage and PFM worked closely with us to ensure this would be tightly controlled," explains Mr Watkins.

The ZC2 at Mintons is equipped to produce PFM's Steelo style of bag on which the four corners are heat-sealed into fins that improve both rigidity and appearance. The vertical seal is included at one corner, leaving all faces of the bag free for uninterrupted graphics.

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