tna Helps Frozen Seafood Manufacturer To Double Packaging Speed

Friday, May 18th, 2018 | 1454 Views

Frozen seafood manufacturer Whitby Seafoods Limited has been able to double its packaging speed by installing a new packaging and distribution line from processing and packaging equipment provider, tna.

The investment has enabled Whitby Seafoods to meet rising consumer demand by providing additional capacity and seamless integration between systems, helping to save time and increase efficiency.

A recent rebrand meant Whitby updated its packaging design to appeal to an even wider audience. New pack sizes range from between 200 and 300 grams in a standard pillow bag format. It therefore required a flexible packaging and distribution system that would allow it to expand its product portfolio and allow efficient product changes and integration with existing elements of the production line.


Faster Packaging Speeds

As a growing manufacturer, Whitby Seafoods was looking to increase capacity with a third packaging line. It chose to install the tna robag FX 3ci—a vertical, form, fill and seal (VFFS) packaging solution that would allow consistent high quality at a fast speed for a range of bag sizes.

Simon Hill, regional sales manager at tna, comments: “Packaging line speed is crucial to maintaining food safety with frozen foods like seafood. While the two existing production lines operate at 70 bags per minute (bpm), the new line works comfortably at 140 bpm, effectively doubling product throughput.”

Whitby Seafoods needed a flexible packaging system that would allow them to enhance production capacity. tna enabled the company to double its production speeds, while also improving product quality.

The equipment was chosen thanks to its ability to deliver a high-quality finish to Whitby Seafoods’ packaging. With a rotary jaw design that uses advanced sealing technology for improved seal integrity at high speeds, the new system helps to deliver a consistently appealing end-product.

Operators now have better visibility of the line and stricter quality assurance standards. The new equipment also has a user-friendly interface, making it simple and easy to operate—saving significant time regarding ongoing operation and training in the long-term.


A Race Against Time

Due to the frozen nature of the Whitby Seafoods’ product range, it is crucial to maintain a continuous production process and keep the product moving throughout the line to avoid thawing. Lengthy stoppage times for a film or product changeover can therefore compromise food quality and safety, as well as increase wastage.

Quick changeovers save valuable time, and ultimately help to maintain high food safety standards. The tna robag FX 3ci and its simplified film system for easy film threading and high accuracy control has improved efficiencies at Whitby Foods by reducing film waste and cutting changeover procedures from two minutes to 30 seconds.


Total Project Management From A Single Source

Working with just one supplier can make installation processes much simpler. tna implemented the additional packaging line within a short timeframe of five months, providing Whitby Seafoods with the high-performance solutions they were looking for, while also delivering full integration with existing equipment.

Hill also comments, “There are numerous benefits of having a single source supplier. Not only does it save Whitby Seafoods time by simplifying the implementation process, but ongoing customer service becomes much easier as there is one point of contact for everything, such as spare parts, after-market support and warranty services.”