At the recent 2014 PPMA show, Pacepacker’s managing director Dennis Allison had the honour of meeting Michael Portillo.
The former cabinet minister attended the show to observe the uptake of automation within the UK’s food and drink industry. “One of the keys to moving the sector forward is automation and it’s patchy in British manufacturing, apart from the automotive industries,” Michael told delegates at the PPMA’s opening ceremony.
In a live interview shown around the exhibition, Michael asked Dennis why Pacepacker had taken such a large stand at the show and what services a Pacepacker customer could expect to receive. Michael took a tour of Pacepacker’s vast 144m2 stand which had seven automation systems on display including, Cartesian, Delta and Articulated Arm robots completing an array of packing and palletising scenarios. He also saw Pacepacker’s signature bulk bagging and sack placing equipment used to consistently pack aggregates, agricultural, chemical and food products into bags and nets at high speeds.
Looking to unburden and free potential, Pacepacker aims to solve problems - Michael confirmed in his parting comment that manufacturers should turn to Pacepacker for a solution, not just a machine.
The show was a huge success for our entire team, with apprentice Andrew Lufkin winning the PPMA’s Apprentice of the Year award, and sales & marketing co-ordinator Andreas Fantousi honoured as one of the industry’s ‘one-to-watch’. Thanks to all of our customers, colleagues and 33 press representatives and editors that stopped by the stand – it was the best PPMA show in years!
Seeing is believing - Robotic workshop is a resounding success!
Leading food manufacturers and retailers, including Frederick Hiam, Huntapac Produce, Bakkavor and Produce World flocked to Pacepacker Services’ educational workshop to see how new innovations in pick and place robot technology could improve their production output and efficiency.
With eight systems valued at over £1million, Pacepacker showcased the largest selection of robot handling, packing and palletising technology currently on the market. The line-up, which handled a variety of food items, featured the three main types of robot system: Cartesian, articulated arm and delta style.
Working equipment from partners Festo, FANUC Robotics UK, UPM Conveyors and Vuototecnica Vacuum Technology, demonstrated typical production scenarios including the handling of tubs, punnets, netted produce, boxes, retailer trays and pallets.
Pacepacker’s managing director Dennis Allison: “Because of the broad type of solutions Pacepacker offers, we are able to give impartial advice when it comes to the technology required for an application. The workshop also clearly demonstrates our customer vision ‘to unburden and free potential’.”
Suitable for small to medium sized bags and sacks, this machine will operate up to 13 operations per minute.
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