U.K.-based HP², short for Hawthorn Produce, Packaging & Handling, required a high-speed tray-sealing machine to meet growing customer demand for top-sealed packs of grapes. The machine had to be capable of sealing 120 packs/min. To meet these needs, HP² chose the Proseal GT2s tray sealer with a fully integrated flat-belt SC conveyor, making a total line length of around 33 ft.
The large-capacity Proseal GT2s tray sealer is meeting HP²’s need for speed with an average throughput of 127 packs/min, thus enabling the company to comfortably meet customer demands and even take on extra orders.
According to Proseal, the integrated infeed conveyor ensures there is maximum space for product loading, so HP²’s operators can always keep up with the demands of the line. Crucially, the conveyor is controlled and managed from the Proseal machine’s user-friendly interface, meaning there is no need for the addition of a conveyor cubicle, which creates space for additional operators.
Equally as important, notes Proseal, the single and secure point of control ensures that the infeed conveyor mirrors the speeds of the tray sealer and guarantees instant reaction to any changes in run conditions. This, combined with Proseal’s ProMotion™ system, which uses following motion and intelligent buffering technology to enable trays to feed continuously into the sealer, delivers optimum efficiency and minimal stoppage downtime for HP², the supplier shares.
Says Nick Bossley, Managing Director at HP², “As ever, Proseal’s service was second-to-none. Installation was completed on the day of delivery—including control links to existing end-of-line equipment to enable staggered controlled stoppages—and production was able to commence on day two. The GT2s and integrated conveyor have been fantastic for us in terms of extra throughput and added stability and have truly helped us deliver for our customers’ needs.
“This was no surprise as we’ve been Proseal customers for a long time and are well aware of the company’s excellent tray sealers.”
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