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Article | July 31, 1998
Tray packer shrinks changeover time
Tray packing/shrink wrapping line for canned vegetables provides 55-tray/min speeds along with fast, no-tool changeover for Furman Foods.
After installing a new tray-packing and shrink-bundling line for canned tomato products Northumberland PA-based Furman Foods has reduced time required for changeover from three hours down to 45 minutes. While that may not seem especially fast to some plant engineer Ralph Lambert says it's fast given the amount of equipment involved. "Nobody else's machine in this class would be faster" he opines.
Although changeover time was an important factor in purchasing the line supplied by Arpac L.P. (Schiller Park IL) throughput was just as imperative. The new continuous-motion line reliably cranks out 12-pack shrink-bundled trays of cans at speeds of 45 to 55 tray-packs/min says Lambert. That's compared to 35/min on the line it replaced. Plus the new equipment only requires two workers vs three previously.