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News and Updates from Line Equipment on the company and it’s packaging machinery products.

Vented Valve Pouch filled on our PDQ

Good to see the Florette microwavable Green Bean pouch in our local supermarket.

This innovative, consumer-friendly doy style pouch contains a steam-valve on the front of the pack, utilising Amcor’s ‘Protect Valve’ vent during the microwave steam process, to ensure perfectly cooked beans every time.

The Vented Doy style pouch, which also looks great due to Florette’s design that combines high gloss and AmPaper tactile lacquers which bring out the wood grain within the background, runs on the Line Equipment combined Pillow, Doy style and Quad VFFS machine, The PDQ.

More info about the Protect Valve can be found at Amcor Flexibles Europe at https://www.amcor.com/

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Ice Multipack Machines In Production

A good shot for scale of Tony working on a VFFS bagging machine. That Forming Set will be producing bags with a flat width of 535mm.

The machine, based on our LE500, will be used for Multipacks of ice containing 1Kg and 2Kg bags of ice cubes/crushed ice up to 16Kg.

I’ll post more as it progresses through the factory

Not Cheap – Just Fair Prices!

We sat with the representatives of a respected contract packaging company last week who had discovered our website and were interested enough to visit our factory, see our production facilities and have a machine demo.

During conversation they made an interesting remark.

“What worries us about Line Equipment is why your machines are sold so cheap?”

We confess that this is not the first time we have heard this and we recognise that there is an image perception problem in the marketplace that we produce cheap machines.

This is our standpoint.

We have been manufacturing our range of all stainless steel VFFS machines for over 30 years. From the outset we worked to a cost-pus pricing model.

We monitored the cost of labour and material for manufacturing the machine and the majority of the parts in-house and marked-up by what we believed to be a decent profit margin that we felt would comfortably cover our overheads and enable us to build a long term business on.

The alternative was to look at the competitors pricing, for example, at that time, a Sandiacre, and just say we’ll price at 10K below that.

We opted for a “Fair Price Policy”and have stuck to it ever since, and, in the ensuing 31 years, we have produced over 400 machines working across the world. The first machine we ever built is still operational!

Since then we have developed a PMMA award winning zip applicator that retro fits to most makes of VFFS machines, a Continuous Motion VFFS machine (and yes, it is 50% less expensive then some competitors).

We have also recently developed a machine that allows you to fill Pillow, Quad and Doy style bags from the same machine. The PDQ.

It is not cheap. It is fairly priced and less expensive than similar multi bag type machines on the market.

The build is of the highest quality, stainless steel and full servo with Omron controls.

We do not have a PDQ demonstration machine. We build them and they are shipped out. We have one in production at the moment. If you want to see it we believe it will be available between completion and shipping at the beginning of July. Get in touch to arrange a visit.

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VFFS Build for Food Industry Wash Down

Our latest commissioned LE360 has been designed and optimised for the bagging of a leafy salad product. Part of the customer’s specification required the protection against food-industry standard manual wash down processes.

It has been built in Type 316 stainless steel for strength at elevated wash down temperatures and for better corrosion resistance, as it is resistant to highly concentrated sodium hydroxide – the most commonly used chemical in food processing wash downs – whether manual or CIP (Clean-in-Place) wash downs.

While most 300-series stainless steel shafts and components are able to withstand harsh and caustic wash down environments without corroding; 316 stainless surfaces make them impervious to corrosive acids and salts, present in fruits and vegetables. 316-grade steel includes more molybdenum to better resist pitting.

316 stainless steel is the standard we use for all machines subject to wash down regimes.

In design we also paid particular attention to the machine footprint. We used small, adjustable, USDA specified feet, to both reduce the area contaminants that can collect and also to accommodate the slope of the floor for drainage without shimming, further minimising areas for entrapment.

What is the Best Rinse Pressure for Cleaning in the Food Industry?

Found an interesting Blog Piece on the subject here…


All Bag Styles from One Machine

New Machine Shortlisted in PPMA Awards

Line Equipment, past winners of the PPMA Certificate of Merit for Design and Manufacture in packaging machinery, are not resting on their laurels, even after 30 years in business. The new LE360 PDQ was shortlisted in the PPMA Awards ‘Innovative Packaging Machinery’ category for 2018.

The LE360 PDQ is the latest machine to be developed by Line Equipment specifically to meet our customers demands, by providing both ‘standard’ and ‘Doy style’ stand-up pouches from the one machine.

This machine is not a new invention. It is a market-led innovation driven by the overriding mission ethos that runs through Line Equipment – to deliver packaging machinery of the highest quality at the most reasonable price point of any European/American manufacturer.

More and more of our customers, whether they are contract packers or supplying own brand products into supermarkets report that they are being ‘guided’ to supply more ‘stand up pouch’ Doy style packaging. Like most manufacturers Line Equipment build and supply a dedicated Pouch machine as part of their range.

However if you are a producer / contract packer and have already invested in a line of machines that produce the ‘standard’ range of Pillow, Block Bottom or Quad bags then this supermarket driven move towards Doy style Stand-Up Pouches will have implications in terms of investment and space.

What do you do? Rip out and replace one or more standard VFFS baggers? Swap completely to Pouch bagging?

How do those solutions fit into tight spaces and even tighter budgets?

John Blashkiw, Managing Director stated “As our own customers came to us with those questions we made a decision. To develop one combination machine capable of producing most styles of bags, including Doy style, while keeping to the same quality and cost effectiveness that the rest of our range is renowned for”.

The first commissioned machine went to a customer typical of the implications of own brand success, where, from a new product launch of gluten-free products in 2006, they have now developed in popularity to become a High Street brand, with the extra marketing needs that that success carries, including a move to more prominent packaging display requirements.

For additional end-user satisfaction, this customer took advantage of our optional Line Equipment designed Zip Applicator for reclosable bags.

“We looked around a number of European manufacturers for the kind of combination machine we thought we needed. They seemed very expensive. From Line Equipment we got exactly what we needed at a very competitive price” Leigh Henshaw at Delicious Alchemy.

The LE360 PDQ is a solution that allows customers to produce various bag styles from one machine, filling the gap to a move to dedicated machines for each product bag range, as and when the production levels demand, at a reasonable cost and without the need for an additional footprint.   

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