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Case packer extends capabilities for berry specialist

07 February 2022

The first installed Proseal CP3 automatic case packing system – at Angus Soft Fruits – has now handled over 8 million trays since it started operation just over a year ago. 

The CP3 was a prototype model developed at the specific request of Ionut Tirziu, engineering and maintenance manager at Angus Soft Fruits, who had been unable to find a suitable case packing solution to meet the growing business’s requirements. 

As well as the original machine, Angus Soft Fruits has since installed a second Proseal CP3, alongside its existing nine Proseal GT2 and one Proseal GT6eX-Twin tray sealing machines. “Continual packing innovation is essential to deliver the best quality fruit and efficiently pack to extend shelf life,”  said Tirziu.

The development of the Proseal CP3 in conjunction with Angus Soft Fruits demonstrates the strong working partnership that exists between the two companies. This same partnership also led Proseal to produce what at the time was its fastest GT6 tray sealing machine, capable of sealing around 250 packs per minute. In addition, Angus Soft Fruits was closely involved in the development of Proseal’s ProVision monitoring system that helps to maximise line performance and efficiency.

For Angus Soft Fruits, the CP3 case packing systems are able to handle the high speeds of the Proseal tray sealing machines. They use the company’s ProMotion tray infeed system to control the flow of trays and enable them to feed continuously into the machine without stopping, filling cases at up to 120 packs per minute. The CP3 can handle a wide variety of pack formats, including trays and pots in materials such as A-PET, C-PET, and board. 

The introduction of Proseal ProVision enabled Angus Soft Fruits to further improve line performance through the capture and analysing of valuable machine data, allowing the company to identify any line inefficiencies and pinpoint factors that may affect productivity in terms of both personnel and operating procedures, meaning remedial action can be quickly taken.

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