Small but perfectly formed: end of line inspection and packing from Interfood

Small but perfectly formed: end of line inspection and packing from Interfood

As part of the offering from Interfood’s dedicated Packing Solutions Division, machinery developed by Buhmann Pac Systems and Sparc Systems is available to inspect, weigh and automate the packing operation.  The machines are characterised by their very small footprint, making them ideally suited for even small packing areas. In addition to compact size, flexibility is also key to their design, with the capability of handling a range of pack sizes and different case formats with a single machine.

The Sparc Systems range of integrated X-Ray/Checkweighing machines are all designed and built in the UK and have some quite unique features. All machines are electric, requiring no compressed air, to ensure the lowest cost of operation. In addition, they use an in line servo driven reject system which has the widest flexibility to run all pack formats securely and efficiently without any machine settings change. Full live data collection is available to ensure that line efficiency improvements are made in the most advantageous areas.

The range of Buhmann case packing systems offers the capacity to produce shelf-ready display cases and transit cases from flat, non pre-glued blanks on the same machine. Similarly, the systems are capable of automatically loading packs flat or stood up in the cases, again within a single machine.  Rob Allen is Manager of Interfood’s Packing Solutions Division and comments – “flexibility is important. It is a key requirement to have a very reliable machine that offers quick and easy format changes so that the benefits of automation can be realised throughout the full production run.” 

The range includes fully automated case and crate packing systems that are typically 3m x 2m footprint and can potentially reduce material costs by up to 30 percent compared to conventional systems. Buhmann has paid particular attention to improving the efficiency of the end-of-line packing process with a machine which significantly reduces labour, provides greater consistency and improves quality whilst typically delivering a payback within 18 – 24 months.