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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.

Line Equipment machinery; UK Designed, UK Built and Working Worldwide.

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…


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