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Packaging Automation partner, Het Packhuys, installs three top seal lines at VGK Cool Logistics

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

Dutch company, VGK Cool Logistics, relocated at the beginning of the year. "To a larger, newer, more modern building with a view to the future," says Etienne Vennink. "We're delighted. There are always some teething problems in the beginning. But after a week, we got them all under control."

"The new building has room for 7,000 pallets, divided into different temperature areas. Besides all logistics operations, we can also do packaging. We repackage and pack according to our clients' wishes. We recently purchased three top seal lines from Het Packhuys. These are for packing overseas grapes."

“We discussed our specific requirements with Het Packhuys. We wanted a practical line that's as compact as possible. But, it had to offer sufficient space. We had to be able to work within the COVID-19 regulations," continues Etienne.

"It became a really customized job," says Het Packhuys' Jan Molenaar. "Everything had to be done in fairly short order. That was very challenging. But, in the end, we achieved a great result together." All three lines are now in full production. And, according to Etienne, all are running exceptionally well.

VGK opted for a top seal machine to package grapes. "We can greatly reduce plastic use with this kind of packaging. That's compared to clamshell packaging. Top sealing is also perfect for checking the quality," says Etienne. "The top seal line is actually a complete system," Jan says. "It sets up the punnets and transports the empty box away."

"The trays of grapes arrive in boxes. The trays are removed from the box and put on a conveyor belt. This supplies the machine. The empty box is then transported to the end of the conveyor belt. There the sealed trays can be packed back into it. For the B-product, there's a separate belt that transports the trays to a turntable. So, you can work very efficiently," he explains.

“We connected well with Het Packhuys. That's one of the main reasons we decided to work with them. You get a good feeling and trust someone. That's when, for us, the choice is made. Het Packhuys also offers excellent service. They're flexible and acted very quickly too. They met all our wishes. We're very grateful for that. Now we can continue to unburden our partners," concludes Etienne.

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