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

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.   

PPMA Show 2018 – New Machines on Display

We will be displaying both the PDQ – our multi-style bagging machine for traditional pillow, block bottom, gusset or quad style bags as well as Doy style stand-up pouches – plus our brand new standalone Zip Applicator – so new we haven’t even named it properly yet! 

Click on the image below to register

PPMA Show 2018 Registration

We Are Celebrating 30 Years of Business!

30 years of UK VFFS Machine Design & Build

This month we are happy to blow our own trumpet as we celebrate our growth from garage to factory, the employment we provide to local people and the 400 plus machines sold across the world.

All ‘UK Designed, UK Built, Working Worldwide’ from Nottingham!

Here is a little piece of history – a photo of our very first VFFS machine.

First Line Equipment VFFS machine ever built

More PLC Upgrades

Talking of the nations favourite, as we were in our Rovemea post, one of the UK’s best known Snack brands has entrusted us with two Sandiacre Twin TG250’s for a complete refurb/upgrade.

Sandiacre machines are one of the most popular older machines to benefit from a PLC/Electrics upgrade and Front Plate components refurb from us, ensuring many further years of service.
We also have a well deserved strong reputation for stocking spare parts and consumables for Sandiacre machines

See more about Spares…

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