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Greencore Grocery chooses wrap-around cartoner for its flexibility

24 November 2017

Greencore Grocery, a manufacturer of ambient grocery products, including savoury dips for major supermarket chains, recently installed a Kliklok Elite wrap-around cartoner at its facility in Selby. 

The new Kliklok Elite was engineered with a strong emphasis on design, build and functionality to accommodate the wide variety of products seen in today’s food industry.

Holly Barber, project engineer at Greencore Grocery explains: “We needed a wrap-around cartoner that would give us the flexibility to carry out operations on various savoury dip pots and packaging formats, and the Elite has delivered exactly on brief.”

In addition to providing the flexibility needed, the integrated functions have also been valuable to the production team. Greencore has a barcode reader, set to initiate on detection of any incorrect barcodes, and a mechanism to control stacked products inside the machine itself. This detect and stop feature manages any pots that happen to fall inside the system and alerts operators straight away to avoid extended unscheduled downtime.

Consumer convenience
Greencore required a ‘future-proof’ system that was able to package single pot savoury dips and also a two-part product containing a pasta pot with separate sauce pot inverted on top. The Elite solution sees the bottom or base pots arriving in balanced lanes in the correct alignment, while the top layer is produced via an inclined conveyor onto a dead plate and side chain transfer. The top pot arrives at the Elite infeed and is taken up and over, inverted and then positioned on top of the base pot.

Factory requirements 
The cartoner was constructed to comply with Greencore’s own factory specifications and requirements specifically. It is IP65 rated for washdown purposes and includes a build back sensor to pause the machine infeed to prevent the over-stuffing of products. The Elite is also PackML ready with common SCADA and MES inputs. PackML provides defined machine status and operational flow, alongside critical Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and root Cause analysis (RCA) data.

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