Endoline Automation creates two new apprenticeship positions

Endoline Automation is forging ahead with apprenticeship plans, announcing the appointment of two new apprentices.

Despite the recruitment of UK apprentices across the UK declining by 50% as a result of the pandemic, the end-of-line automation specialist recognises the need to harness a new generation of talent.

Both apprentices will be supplementing their college education with hands on experience working within Endoline Automation’s Bedfordshire based factory. They will play a key role in the build of the high spec, end-of-line automated systems which are sold to manufacturers across the globe.

Currently studying electrical installation at North Herts College, 17-year-old Ethan Cannon-Tonks, will gain vital work experience with Endoline two days a week before embarking upon an Electro/Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship next year at Bedford College.

The second apprentice, Lucas Hammond, 21, has just started a Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship at Bedford College, while spending four days a week on-site with Endoline Automation.

Both Ethan and Lucas will be fully qualified as an Electro/Mechanical Engineer and a Mechanical Engineer respectively, within three to four years.

“I was keen to work within construction and, when the offer of an apprenticeship with Endoline came about, I jumped at the chance.” Comments Ethan. “I am learning so much during my time in the factory, and I am amazed at the attention to detail which goes into building the systems. It is certainly challenging, but very enjoyable and I am looking forward to a long career within the sector.”

“Sitting at a desk all day wasn’t for me,” explains Lucas. “I wanted a hands-on, practical job which I am certainly getting at Endoline. We have been put straight in at the deep end which, considering the high level of engineering involved, could be quite daunting, but I am thoroughly enjoying it. The build is complex and there are so many factors involved including a high level of health and safety – I am learning all the time.

Seeing how these systems make such a difference for globally renowned food manufacturers is fantastic and I can certainly see myself having a career in electro mechanics.”

End-of-line case erectors, packers and sealers are becoming increasingly intelligent through the integration of greater digital power and computerised technology. Endoline, which has been in operation for almost 40 years, sets a benchmark within the industry for designing and building standard and customised systems which directly meets evolving demands from manufacturers in the food, beverage, FMCG and pharma industries.

Consequently, the company recognises the need to create a continual pipeline of new engineering talent.

“We have been wanting to take on new apprentices for some time now to inject some youth into our experienced production team.” Comments Richard Yates, Operations Director for Endoline Automation. “We felt that now was the time to do it, especially as, more than ever, youngsters are struggling to find positions within manufacturing.”

From left to right, Lucas Hammond, Richard Yates, Operations Director for Endoline Automation and Ethan Cannon-Tonks

 

Both Ethan and Lucas will play a key role in the build of Endoline’s high spec, automated systems which are sold to manufacturers across the globe.

 

 

Endoline Automation launches case packing technology for snacks market

A new, fully automated Case Packer system, launched by Endoline Automation, is assisting snack processors and packers automate within compact spaces.

The Case Packer, which combines case erecting, packing, and sealing technology within one system, has been engineered to pack a range of different snack products – from pillow bags to flat bottomed bags/pouches and PET bottles.

An all in one system, the Case Packer is a cost effective alternative to installing a trio of individual machines, and has been engineered in response to rising demand from snack manufacturers who are increasingly looking to automate their packing lines, to reduce footprint, and to move away from manual labour.

With precise product handling at speeds of 12 cases per minute, the Case Packer receives single products from an infeed conveyor, groups them according to the programmed pattern on a loading platform, before lowering them into a formed case below, the filled case is then automatically closed and sealed on the top and bottom with tape.

Suitable for the packing of multi-bags of crisps, pouches of dried fruits and nuts, and PET bottles of drinks – the Case Packer system can be customised to suit specific demands, and reprogrammed for the packing of different products, formats, and quantities.

Industry 4.0 compatible technology integrated within the Case Packer can capture and make data readily available for use in “live” decision making scenarios.

The compact design also makes it the ideal solution for production areas with limited available space as the full system is in one frame, rather than having three separate machines, therefore drastically reducing footprint.

The Case Packer combines Endoline’s market leading erecting and sealing systems with case packing technology all integrated into one machine. “Endoline works with globally recognised food and beverage manufacturers, so we are aware of the increasing demand for fully automated systems which will increase efficiency, while taking up a reduced amount of floor space.

 Snacks manufacturers in particular are seeking flexible systems which can handle different packaging materials.” Andrew Yates, Sales Director of Endoline Automation explains. “We have re-engineered our case erectors and sealers to meet expectations for compact, flexible systems, but by incorporating case packing we are now able to offer a complete end of line solution.”

Industry 4.0 compatible technology integrated within the Case Packer can capture and make data readily available for use in “live” decision making scenarios

Endoline’s Case Packer, which combines erecting, packing, and sealing technology, dramatically reduces factory footprint as it is built within one frame

Snack manufacturers require flexibility with their end of line systems to manage a range of packaging styles

New, compact, Case Packing system helps dairy industry pack PET bottles

A new, fully automated Case Packer system, launched by Endoline Automation, is set to assist packers of dairy products to automate within compact spaces.

The Case Packer, which combines case erecting, packing, and sealing technology within one compact system, can also help dairy packers manage the shift to PET bottles.

An all in one system, the Case Packer is a cost effective alternative to installing a trio of individual machines, and has been engineered in response to rising demand from UK manufacturers who are increasingly looking to automate their packing lines, to reduce footprint, and to move away from manual labour.

With precise product handling at speeds of 12 cases per minute, the Case Packer receives single products from an infeed conveyor, groups them according to the programmed pattern on a loading platform, before lowering them into a formed case below, the filled case is then automatically closed and sealed on the top and bottom with tape.

The use of PET is expected to significantly row within the liquid dairy sector, with UHT milk, yogurt drinks and milkshakes increasingly being supplied in PET bottles. As a result, the Case Packer has been engineered to handle a wide range of PET bottles, along with cartons, glass bottles, and flat-bottomed bags.The system can be customised to suit specific demands, and reprogrammed for the packing of different products, formats, and quantities.

Industry 4.0 compatible technology integrated within the Case Packer can capture and make data readily available for use in “live” decision making scenarios.

The compact design also makes it the ideal solution for production areas with limited available space as the full system is in one frame, rather than having three separate machines, therefore drastically reducing footprint.

The Case Packer combines Endoline’s market leading erecting and sealing systems with case packing technology all integrated into one machine. “Working with the UK’s leading food manufacturers we are aware of the increasing demand for fully automated systems which will increase efficiency, and for flexible systems which can handle different packaging materials.” Andrew Yates, Sales Director of Endoline Automation explains.

“We have re-engineered our case erectors and sealers to meet expectations for compact, flexible systems, but by incorporating case packing we are now able to offer a complete end of line solution.”

The use of PET is expected to significantly grow within the liquid dairy sector.
Image credit: PET Technologies News

Endoline’s Case Packer, which combines erecting, packing, and sealing technology, dramatically reduces factory footprint as it is built within one frame

Industry 4.0 compatible technology integrated within the Case Packer can capture and make data readily available for use in “live” decision making scenarios

Endoline launches three in one case erecting, packing and sealing solution

PPMA Total Show – Stand J120

A brand new, high speed, fully automated system, combining case erecting, packing and sealing technology will be unveiled by Endoline Machinery at the forthcoming PPMA Total Show.

As an all in one system, the Case Packer offers a compact and cost effective alternative to installing a trio of individual machines, and has been engineered in response to rising demand from UK manufacturers who are increasingly looking to automate their food packing lines, to reduce footprint, and to move away from manual labour.

With precise product handling at high speeds of 12 cases per minute, the Case Packer receives single products from an infeed conveyor, groups them according to the programmed pattern on a loading platform, before lowering them into a formed case below, the filled case is then automatically closed and sealed on the top and bottom with tape.

Suitable for handling any product packaging and orientation, the Case Packer can be customised to suit specific demands and reprogrammed for the packing of different products and quantities. Industry 4.0 compatible technology, integrated within the Case Packer can capture and make data readily available for use in “live” decision making scenarios.

The compact design also makes it the ideal solution for production areas with limited available space as the full system is in one frame, rather than having three separate machines, therefore drastically reducing footprint.

The Case Packer combines Endoline’s market leading erecting and sealing systems with case packing technology all integrated into one machine. “Working with the UK’s leading food manufacturers we are aware of the increasing demand for high speed, fully automated systems which will increase efficiency.” Andrew Yates, Sales Director of Endoline Machinery explains. “We have re-engineered our case erectors and sealers to meet expectations for high speed, flexible systems, but by incorporating case packing we are now able to offer a complete end of line solution.” 

To view the new Case Packer and other end of line system solutions from Endoline Machinery visit stand H120 at the forthcoming PPMA Total Show.

Endoline brings industry 4.0 compatible, fully random case sealer to Europe

In response to manufacturer calls for flexible, future proof, end-of-line machinery, Endoline has re-engineered its 704 Fully Automatic Random Case Sealer, which will be showcased at the forthcoming Emballage Show (Stand 6 D 081).

With the integration of several design features, the Industry 4.0 compatible 704 can now manage an unprecedented range of case styles and sizes, meeting all current European health and safety regulations.

Since its creation in the early 90’s, the 704 Fully Automatic Random Case Sealer has become a flagship system amongst Endoline’s range of end-of-line machines. In situ within food factories globally for almost 30 years, the machine is testament to Endoline’s ability to build high quality, long lasting, systems.

However, following unprecedented demand for random case sealers to manage a greater variety of case materials and sizes, Endoline has re-engineered the 704 to meet exact specifications.

Through technical enhancements Endoline have expanded the case size range by almost 60% at its greatest increase, without compromising on speed.

In addition to a greater range of case sizes, manufacturers are now packing with a wider variety of case materials to suit retail specifications, from poorly scored, lightweight cases, to heavy, twin wall cases.

To meet this challenge, Endoline have integrated a dual action hook into the re-engineered 704 to provide greater control, ensuring that the inner flaps of the case are effectively pushed into place before sealing, which overcomes tearing or the risk of the case opening at a later stage. For lighter weight cases, which are susceptible to tearing or crushing when running through a system at speed, the 704 now features side bars and a fully driven infeed with blade stop. This is automatically activated after a case passes the barcode reader to police the throughput of cases, ensuring there is a suitable gap between each, and safeguarding the consistent flow of cases into the machine.

The new infeed control also allows for greater speed control of the 704, which can now typically seal up to 14 random sized cases per minute.

“Manufacturers are increasingly pushing to automate their end-of-line production facilities, and they are facing mounting pressure from retailers to pack products into different packaging formats, and styles, to keep up with specific customer demands.” Comments Andrew Yates, Sales Director at Endoline Machinery. “Consequently, we have witnessed greater demand for random, high speed, end-of-line systems which offer flexibility, as companies look to future proof their automation investment.

We are delighted to bring the 704 to Emballage, as it underlines our growing reputation within Europe for engineering high quality end of line machines, and our ability to create innovative systems to keep up with the demands placed on global manufacturers has been critical to our ongoing success.”

Integrated with Endoline’s new Industry 4.0 compatible, icon based, HMI interface, the 704 is built to a smaller footprint than previous models, maximising factory floor space.

PPMA SHOW 2018 – Endoline re-engineers flagship random sealer to meet manufacturer case challenges

In response to manufacturer calls for flexible, future proof, end-of-line machinery, Endoline will unveil, at the forthcoming PPMA Show (Stand C52), its re-engineered 704 Fully Automatic Random Case Sealer, which can now manage an unprecedented range of case styles and sizes, meeting all current health and safety regulations.

Since its creation in the early 90’s, the 704 Fully Automatic Random Case Sealer has become a flagship system amongst Endoline’s range of end-of-line machines. In situ within food factories globally for almost 30 years, the machine is testament to Endoline’s ability to build high quality, long lasting, systems.

However, following unprecedented demand for random case sealers to manage a greater variety of case materials and sizes, Endoline has re-engineered the 704 to meet exact specifications.

Through technical enhancements Endoline have expanded the case size range by almost 60% at its greatest increase, without compromising on speed.

In addition to a greater range of case sizes, manufacturers are now packing with a wider variety of case materials to suit retail specifications, from poorly scored, lightweight cases, to heavy, twin wall cases.

To meet this challenge, Endoline have integrated a dual action hook into the re-engineered 704 to provide greater control, ensuring that the inner flaps of the case are effectively pushed into place before sealing, which overcomes tearing or the risk of the case opening at a later stage. For lighter weight cases, which are susceptible to tearing or crushing when running through a system at speed, the 704 now features side bars and a fully driven infeed with blade stop. This is automatically activated after a case passes the barcode reader to police the throughput of cases, ensuring there is a suitable gap between each, and safeguarding the consistent flow of cases into the machine.

The new infeed control also allows for greater speed control of the 704, which can now typically seal up to 14 random sized cases per minute.

“Manufacturers are increasingly pushing to automate their end-of-line production facilities, and they are facing mounting pressure from retailers to pack products into different packaging formats, and styles, to keep up with specific customer demands.” Comments Andrew Yates, Sales Director at Endoline Machinery. “Consequently, we have witnessed greater demand for systems which offer flexibility, as companies look to future proof their automation investment. To this end, random, high speed, end-of-line systems have become more sought after, and we have engineered our successful 704 to meet all of these current, high standards.”

Integrated with Endoline’s new Industry 4.0 compatible, icon based, HMI interface, the 704 is built to a smaller footprint than previous models, maximising factory floor space and features additional safety equipment to meet all current health and safety standards.

To view the 704 Fully Automatic Random Case Sealer, and other machines from Endoline’s system range, visit Stand C52 at the forthcoming PPMA Show.

Electric systems takes the pressure off pneumatics

It’s an exercise in over-simplification to say pneumatic systems are the best choice for providing lower cost equipment and speed, while a servo driven system is best for high speed and positioning accuracy. The trade-offs are many, including cost of ownership, access to air supply, speed requirements and operating environment.

Once an application is defined, specifications need to be considered, including weight, size, speed, and the requirements for acceleration/deceleration and positioning.  However, while all of these points are important there are two underlining factors which will determine whether a manufacturer will choose a pneumatic or electric end of line machine – power requirements and speed.

Complex cases calls for all-electric

If there is any significant performance differentiator, it is that servo driven systems are better understood for their high levels of repeatable speed and precision. With the growing demand for more complex applications, in particular contract packers and FMCG manufacturers who manage a range of different product case sizes and types to meet retailer demands, electric servo driven systems can provide greater versatility within this fast changing production environment. The ability to reach higher speeds is achievable with electric servo driven systems in comparison to pneumatic machines. Pushing pneumatic systems to higher speeds can also have a detrimental effect on the reliability of a machine resulting in excessive component wear and failure. A typical advantage of using servo driven systems is that they allow for dynamic changes to be made in velocity of fast moving sub-assemblies and allow them to be fine-tuned to suit particular applications, such as high volume snacks manufacturers who pack a range and variety of case sizes to suit customer demand, this is not simply achievable with pneumatic systems.

All-Electric systems are integrated with high reliability servo drives that can achieve speeds of more than 30 random case sizes per minute – ticking the flexibility https://viasilden.com box. Increasingly sought after by global snack and drinks companies, the all-electric, servo driven systems are running 24/7 and, crucially, require little manual adjustment. While allowing for higher levels of precision the introduction of servo drives gives machine builders the ability to make SMART systems – meeting the increasingly demanding requests from busy production halls.

A tried and tested solution

The earliest pneumatic machines date back to the post-war era and are conceivably the more economical choice. Pneumatic actuators generate precise linear motion, providing accuracy and repeatability offering simplicity to manufacturers who are seeking to automate a single sized case run.

Along with continuity, pneumatic systems are often more suited to packing scenarios within extreme temperature environments. From packing bags of ice cubes or tubs of fresh produce in a chilled environment. The availability of spare parts is simplified with pneumatic systems too as stocking spares is easier and delivery is immediate, while servos can take time. This is, however, improving as is the training of on-site engineers as a whole new skill set is required in the upkeep of servo driven systems.

There are many strong arguments that can be made for both all-electric and pneumatic systems in helping manufacturers achieve a smaller carbon footprint. While pneumatics can cut down on energy consumption, due to the lack of electrical hook up, all-electric machines can reduce noise emissions, and only use energy when required.

Over recent years, manufactures have significantly increased their investment in end-of-line automation. And these companies are now looking to extract every ounce of reliability and efficiency out of these turnkey lines, ensuring they deliver top performance at the lowest possible cost and need to make a well informed decision before opting for either a pnuematic or servo driven system.

Endoline ‘shakes it up’ to meet factory space constraints for shelf ready milkshake packing line

Automating the packing of a new line of milkshakes for a leading supermarket chain has enabled Tomlinson Dairies to meet the high level of output required and the shelf ready packaging (SRP) expectations of the retailer.

The fully automated line, which packs over 80 bottles of milkshake a minute, was supplied by Endoline Machinery. Constructed out of stainless steel to protect the equipment, as it was installed in a bottle filling production area, the line was designed with a very compact footprint to meet space constraints.

Established 30 years ago, family run business Tomlinson Dairies today supplies 200 million litres of milk each year across the UK from its North Wales site. When the company moved to larger premises in 2012 their capacity to produce more milk grew, allowing them to take on more business and when approached by a leading supermarket chain in 2015 to produce and pack milkshake, Tomlinson Dairies immediately sought to automate the process. Stephen Landen, Tomlinson Dairy’s Engineering Manager, said: “We had to look at ways to automate the packing line as the production demands could no longer be met by the manual operation.”

With the milkshake operation situated within the busy packing hall, Endoline needed to design and construct the entire automated line within a constricted 5m x 3m space. Mark Budd, Areas Sales Manager for Endoline, comments: “Lack of available space was the biggest challenge along with designing the conveying and pack stations to meet the demands of production while giving the operators the best ergonomic solution.”

To form the cases Endoline installed its fully automatic 228 high speed case erector, which is specifically designed to handle shelf ready cases by gluing the bottom of each case as it is formed. “With shelf ready packs the use of glue is essential as otherwise the tape can interfere with the functionality of the cases at the retailers.” Mark explains. As the SRP cases are put straight onto the shelf, presentation is paramount and any tears could result in wastage or penalties from retails. To overcome this Endoline integrated its dual opposing vacuum technology into the 228 to apply an equal amount of pressure to each side of the pre-formed case at exactly the same time ensuring it is positively opened and perfectly square without affecting the integrity of the case.

Constructed to a compact footprint, with a top loading hopper, the 228 also ticked the space box for Tomlinson Dairies.

Once formed the cases run from the 228 onto a powered roller, which was constructed with a 90 degree bend to fit into the space, to a packing station. From there, a powered conveyor runs the filled bottles through to two, ergonomically friendly packing stations which are situated at the point where the conveyor, carrying the formed cases, meets the conveyor carrying the bottles. Here, two operators manually pack the cases.

With bottles of either 330ml or 1 litre, there are two case sizes and changeover is quick and efficient due to the user friendly design and simple adjustment of the 228 case erector.

The filled cases are put onto a conveyor that feeds through to an Endoline fully-automatic case sealer which folds and tapes the top of the case and accumulates them ready for palletising. Stephen comments: “The new packing line has streamlined our packing operation and allowed the business to further increase output without the need for more investment or additional labour.”