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Takes the biscuit

25 January 2013

Sewtec Automation has designed and installed a new conveyor system at United Biscuits'McVitie's Carlisle factory for the fast and efficient case packing of flow wrapped mini variety packs of biscuits. The new system has

Sewtec Automation has designed and installed a new conveyor system at United Biscuits'McVitie's Carlisle factory for the fast and efficient case packing of flow wrapped mini variety packs of biscuits. The new system has been developed to integrate into the existing packing line.

Cases are taken from an existing Endoline case erector and transferred on to the modular Sewtec belt conveyor. The system also features standalone side belts, which are adjustable for speed in order to control the cases at the required packing rate. Cases pass through a side flap plough station, which holds the flaps open to enable unimpeded placement of the biscuits.

The Sewtec system is able to pack around seven cases a minute with the flow wrappers operating at up to 110 packs per minute. The efficiency of the new system has reduced manning levels on the line by around 25%.
 
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