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New Jam Filler Increases Production

When it was time for a line upgrade, a major UK producer of jams and preserves turned to M&P Engineering to supply a tailor made solution.

Many product formulations have to be run on a single machine at speeds of around 300 cpm, so a flexible easy to operate machine was required.

M&P supplied a 21-head machine in a format that meant minimal alteration to the existing line layout. This included manufacturing a specially modified base to accommodate unusually low conveyor heights and an equally low ceiling! As is commonplace these days, reducing the length of changeover times was critical, so the machine was fitted with quick release change parts, motorised height adjustment and PLC controlled changeover. The general philosophy of the machine is that the operator, without the need to call for engineers should easily deal with change over and running issues.

Installation and commissioning was undertaken as a joint project between customer and our own engineers, who conducted in-depth training for the operators and maintenance staff. This approach has resulted in a smooth and hassle free transition to today’s situation where line speeds are almost double that achieved on the old machine.