New collating system resolves sachet height restrictions

Hügli, the Swiss specialty foods producer, recently commissioned Bradman Lake to design and produce an end load sachet cartoning system at it's UK subsidiary.

The new sachet collating system provides a sachet count from 2 to 7 with multiple lengths and weights, is built around Bradman Lake's popular ‘cascade’ technology, which is widely used for handling bagged products including cereals, milk powder, loose tea, and a wide variety of dry ingredients.

Concerns about sachet stability on taller stacks were overcome through provision of a servo-driven moving overhead confiner incorporating paddles to track the infeed conveyor of the cartoner and provide greater control during product-to-carton transfer.

The system’s end load cartoner, a Bradman Lake SL 903, was selected from Bradman Lake’s wide end cartoning portfolio for its speed capability and its simple, tool-less size change functionality.

Bradman Lake SL903 end load cartoner

To accommodate the required dual lane product delivery, Bradman Lake provided a dual cascade loader, which is effectively two cascades sharing the same frame and electrical panel. As well as this, the standard cascade design was customised for sachets through a process of mounting the drive motors at the rear, thereby providing excellent front access and visibility. The dusty working environment also necessitated the redesign of the product abort system.

Chris Hurt - Managing Director, Hügli UK:

“Following an expansion of our production volumes we were in the market for a fully automatic end load cartoning solution. The offer from Bradman Lake won out over the rivals in the tender process. This was due to the technical proposal they offered and especially the speed and design of the cascade system, which is almost silent in operation. We are very pleased with the performance of the machine and we have had a smooth installation”

Hügli packing facility, Reddich, UK

About Hügli

Hügli is a Swiss food company that specialises in the production and distribution of soups, sauces, bouillons, seasonings, antipasti, pasta and rice meals.

From its beginnings in 1935 until today, Hügli has remained a family business, although is today stock listed. Headquartered in Switzerland, the company has manufacturing facilities in nine European countries.

About Bradman Lake

Established in 1948, the Bradman Lake Group is a leader in integrated packaging technology. From distribution and feeding systems, flow wrapping, cartoning, loading and closing to case packing, shrink wrapping and roll wrapping, Bradman Lake’s solution based approach is gained from thousands of installations around the world.

Over 15,000 of machines are currently in service in the global market working as stand-alone or as part of a complete Bradman Lake system.

Bradman Lake’s three main manufacturing plants are located in the UK and USA with regional sales offices in Russia, India and China.

Bradman Lake is a wholly owned subsidiary of the multi-disciplined UK industrial group, Langley Holdings plc.

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