UK-based supplier of heat sealing and lidding machinery, Packaging Automation, has signed a deal to supply Cargill's UK undertaking Sun Valley Foods with its Vision 182 heat sealing machines. The packaging firm has also supplied an extra two sets of tools modified for use on the Vision model.
"We are using it to pack raw recipe chicken dishes, some of them marinated, for two major supermarket chains," said Sun Valley's plant engineer Kevin Drew. "We particularly like its versatility in coping equally well with two types of trays, one of them a CPET oven-ready tray and the other made of aluminium foil.
"The machine has been in virtually constant use since it was installed and has always performed very well. It has met all our expectations."
The Vision 182 is Packaging Automation's top selling automatic in-line machine. The company believes that it combines the best design features of the PA182, which is used to pack at least 100 million items of food every week.
The Vision has been specifically aimed at those working within budget constraints and has proved the ideal way to turn semi-automatic lines into fully automated production lines. It is designed to achieve throughputs of up to 15 cycles a minute.
"Sun Valley are old friends of ours and we are confident the working relationship will continue long into the future," said Packaging Automation marketing manager Samantha Penn.
"They are yet another example of how we made the right decision when we decided to go into the hiring business rather than concentrating solely on sales."
Packaging Automation was established in 1963 and is the UK's leading manufacturer of heat sealing machinery for the food industry. The business employs 120 people and produces a wide range of equipment.
These range from simple manual units and semi-automatics through to in-line fully automated systems. The company also manufactures volumetric fillers, conveyors and various other ancillary equipment.