According to Timm Johnson, Vice President Sales/Marketing, the testing area offers design features to accommodate a variety of product, materials and equipment. “We are able to contain dangerous and/or dusty product through the use of full dust collection equipment and plastic curtains that close off the testing area. In addition, hot and cold water with a drainage system allow equipment to be washed within the testing area,” he explained.
The testing process is further enhanced through the integration of a second floor mezzanine. Particulate products are efficiently raised utilizing a Frazier bucket elevator, while powders are transported via a PIAB vacuum conveyor. The spaciousness of the site permits complementary packaging equipment to be utilized, such as Vertical Form Fill Seal machines, conveyors, check weighers and infeed systems, to form a fully operational packaging line. For added customer convenience, Spee-Dee® maintains a sizeable tooling inventory and stores sample product on-site.
Darin Ides, Sales Application Specialist, is responsible for the efficiency and accuracy of the evaluation process. An experienced industry professional, he is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout Packaging program. Ides coordinates every aspect of the testing process, including acquisition of product and containers, testing and results documentation.