PA hire scheme offers flexible solution

As a growing business Packaging Automation know how important it is to keep cash within the business and how hard it is to acquire the machines and equipment you need to grow. We want to help businesses to grow, adapt and keep up with what can be frighteningly fast paced growth without tying up cash in machinery.

PA’s hire scheme allows customers to automate packing processes from day one with minimal investment. The hire scheme offers entry level machines on short term hire periods for seasonal products such as fruit with a sealing tool for one pack format on hire for a fixed weekly hire rate. At the end of an initial six month hire period, users have the option to return the machine and stop making payments, keep the machine at a reduced weekly rate or upgrade for a small uplift in cost to a quicker machine with a sealing tool to suit the same pack if demand for products is increasing.

Chicory Crops, a small business packing gooseberries and cherries in many different punnet types for Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and Booths took advantage of PA’s hire scheme and worked closely with the company’s hire specialist Lesley Wakefield who helped them with a flexible solution to keep their costs down. PA offered a short term hire package to suit the cherry season that included the hire of a fully electric semi-automatic tray sealer and tools. Chicory Crops therefore had the flexibility to supply to the retailer’s standard in multiple pack sizes for the short time they needed the machine.

Jake Simpson Owner at Chicory Crops commented…
“The machine is simple and very easy to use. The Service we have received from PA has been very good, the tools arrived when we agreed and when it comes to solving issues the service team have been great. That said, the simplicity of a rotary machine means that we have very rarely had a service engineer on site as most things can be done in house with a very basic understanding and skill level. We have already recommended PA, there are a number of businesses in our situation and the hire of a rotary sealer is a great way to provide a heat sealing capability for a smaller business requiring flexibility. Rotary machines are simple and with the right operatives, can churn out a high pack rate for very little cost and complexity. They allow you to far more accurately match your production requirement to the capacity of your machine or machines meaning that you are more efficient if you don't have a consistent production output throughout the season.”

As well as providing support with machinery, PA also offer a full service covering advice and industry contacts to help with the selection of suitable packaging. Also included as part of the free of charge support service is the preparation of sample packs in a test kitchen to help with the presentation of packed products to prospective customers.

Background

Packaging Automation Ltd was established in 1963 and is a leading UK manufacturer of tray sealing and pot filling and sealing machinery.
PA can offer customers a tray sealer or pot filler for a wide range of applications in the food industry including fresh produce packing such as salad, tomato, strawberry, cherry and soft fruit packing, fish, seafood, meat and chicken packing (including vacuum packing and skin packing), ready meal sealing and packing, and pot or tub denesting, filling and sealing for puddings and sauces.
Full packing lines can be specified and installed to include tray denesting, conveyoring, tray filling, film sealing including modified atmosphere packing (MAP) facilities. Foil tray sealing as well as plastic tray sealing can be accommodated on all machines as standard.
For further information please contact:

Packaging Automation Ltd
Claire Carless
Marketing Assistant
claire.c@pal.co.uk
or
Samantha Ashton
Commercial Director
sam.a@pal.co.uk
Packaging Automation Ltd
Parkgate Industrial Park
Knutsford
Cheshire
WA16 8XW
01565 755000
www.pal.co.uk