Concetti Group, the (milky) way to quality.
A complete, brilliantly accessorized packaging line, featured for the Milk Products LLc in Chilton, WI, makes a complex production process look easy.
The Concetti Group renowned excellence is once again testified by this complete packaging line for calf and lamb milk powder, not exactly an easy product per se when it comes to weighing, filing and palletizing, that becomes even more complicated when, as in this case, it is blended with additives, vitamins, proteins etc., providing as a final result a series of thirteen different products that can all be worked, and one should add without any special concern, by our automatic packaging line. The screw fed NET/C net weigher guarantees a capacity of 400 bags per hour for 25 and 50libre bags, with the possibility to work 40 and 44libre bags too and to take out a sample of product that’s being worked (and to put it into a small dedicated bag) thanks to a sampling device fitted into the load hopper. The screw is inclined and equipped with a at top case, four inspection doors and hookup devices to facilitate the cleaning operations. Before the bag is filled by the Concetti Group IGF 900 automatic bagging machine, featured in stainless steel for the parts in contact with the product, it is possible to apply a self adhesive label on the empty bag.
A very special application, specifically developed for this packaging line, is the one designed to insert a dosing cup into every bag, for the user to mix the product with other components and know its exact quantity: the cups are placed at the bottom of the bag before the product is discharged and the bag is closed (heat sealing of the internal liner and sewing with crepe paper for paper bags with PE in liner and heat sealing for PE bags), then the bag is reverted so the end user finds the cup on top when he/she opens it; during the stitching, a ticket with the batch and product basic information is applied on the bag top.
The packaging process is brilliantly completed by the Concetti Group four column PS-3A/10S-4S robot palletizer, equipped with a special gripping device that allows a lateral and upper compaction. Before being disposed and placed on the pallets, the bags pass through a metal detector, a check weigher and, if they’re contaminated or beyond the desired weighment range, are expelled by the main conveying pathway by a bag-rejecting system.
Mr. Brad Billmann, Operations Manager at Milk Products and our main interlocutor throughout the whole design and construction process, gives this comment on the Concetti Group equipment and sta. “The project involved replacing 1940’s and 50’s vintage equipment with its state of the art Concetti counterparts.” Instantizing large quantities of milk solids and other ingredients to form powdered milk requires a signicant amount of time and energy, so efficiency and dependability of the overall process including the Concetti Packaging systems are critical. Because a successful and timely installation was critical to Milk Products’ operation, Billmann and the Milk Products team looked to the Concetti Group for extensive project preplanning and design options. “Before a single wrench touched the first bolt, we needed to be sure every aspect and contingency had been addressed,” says Billmann. “Concetti worked with us closely before and during the project to ensure all phases of the project from design/build thru to installation/commissioning went smooth. Every detail had been thought through by the Concetti team. The experience that Concetti brings to the table with regards to planning and designing of packaging applications resulted in a packaging process that is faster, more efficient and less invasive on the product. Concetti worked closely with Milk Products for the integration of various equipment options to ensure that both product quality and operator safety expectations have been met.”