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Article | November 29, 2011
Spee-Dee® corporate headquarters features comprehensive integrated equipment testing facility
James P. Navin, president of Spee-Dee® Packaging Machinery, Inc., has announced that the company’s recently expanded corporate headquarters houses a comprehensive factory acceptance testing center: “Spee-Dee is dedicated to assisting our customers integrate the most productive and cost-effective solutions for their unique packaging challenges. Our facility enables us to more closely simulate how equipment will perform once it is fully operational within their facilities – before a purchasing commitment is made,” he stated.
ByDarin 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.
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.
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