Tray sealing machine increases efficiency of ready meal packing line

Four motion controlled high speed tray sealing machines have increased the efficiency of the ready meal packing line at Pro-Pak Foods who are based in North Yorkshire and serve Britain’s major retailers and brands with their range of ready meals.

Pro-Pak utilised PA’s free of charge test kitchen facility to carry out extensive gas trials which lead to a new opportunity for them to supply the fresh ready meal market. All PA machines are capable of producing gas flushed packs.

Due to the wide product range, product changeovers happen several times a day and previously took a timely 45 minutes per product due to the tool changeover time. With Packaging Automation’s flexible machines, tool changeovers are quick, easy and take just 2 minutes therefore massively increasing the efficiency and eliminating critical downtime of the production line.

Featuring proven Powerdrive™ technology PA’s tray machines are fully electric and operate without using any compressed air, therefore offering savings of up to 98% of the running costs of conventional pneumatically operated tray sealers. This enables food producers to demonstrate a real commitment to environmental issues, whilst delivering a competitive operating cost.

PA have service engineers throughout the UK on call 24/7 and offer an unrivalled same day service, the machines are fitted with Remote Diagnosis which allows the PA service team to dial in to the machine to diagnose issues over the phone and support Pro-Pak at any time day or night.

Steve Caulton Factory Manager from Pro-Pak Foods commented…
“We had looked at other tray sealer suppliers and quickly decided that both Pro-Pak Foods and PA could have an excellent working partnership going forward. This particular model met all our requirements being user friendly, having zero air consumption and is compatible in our production hall. The service has been excellent with both a rapid and pro-active response”.

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
Samantha Ashton
Commercial Director
Packaging Automation Ltd
Parkgate Industrial Park
WA16 8XW
01565 755000