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PRODUCT GIVEAWAY REDUCED FROM 6% TO 0.4% UK potato processor builds on MULTIPOND (Kopie 2)


Fresh potatoes, seed potatoes, processed potatoes, ready-prepared potato products… Branston Potatoes is one of the largest potato processors in the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 1968 and processes some 350,000 tons of raw potatoes per year at a total of three locations. Continuous growth is the key to the company‘s huge success. It has recently acquired a new packaging line for the packaging of crispy slices - fried potato slices - which are very popular in the UK. The core of the line is a 14-head multihead weigher from MULTIPOND.

The line itself is a tray line located in the plant‘s high-care section. The trays are filled with 350g of crispy slices. In the future, more products will also be packed on this line, such as rosemary potatoes or various other sweet potato products, which are currently still packed by hand. In total, 300,000 packs per week are packed in the plant, 76,000 of these being packed on the new line.


The crispy slices used to be packed by hand at a speed of 12 packages per minute. The system now continuously provides 77 trays per minute. This means that the line now works six times faster than before with less manual input. Use of the MULTIPOND multihead weigher, at the core of the line, has also reduced the giveaway from the previous 6% to 0.4%. Richard Heppleston, General Manager, appears to be extremely satisfied with the results: “Due to the reduction of giveaway and personnel cost on the line, the investment is improving on it’s payback target.” “The line runs seven days a week on one shift. We are now packing 30% additional volume in less than half the time previously achieved. The numbers speak for themselves”. A further line with a multihead weigher from MULTIPOND is already being planned in order to further optimize the packing process.


The weighing system is a type MP14-2400/1250-H MULTIPOND multihead weigher. All product-contact parts were precisely adapted to the production requirements and to
the products to be weighed in order to facilitate a perfect product
flow. Once at the top on the weighing system, the product is first conveyed to the prefeed hoppers via the radially positioned feed trays and then to the weigh hoppers below. Here, using the partial portions, a computer determines the combination which corresponds to the target weight to be achieved or is closest to it. After the actual weighing process, the precisely weighed servings are transferred via the funnel outlet by means of a timing hopper to the swiveling funnel which distributes the portions to the MULTIPOND custom-made product transfer system. Maximum accuracy and availability are provided by the calibration systems integrated in each load cell, which makes completely automatic calibration possible even during production. The weigher meets even the toughest hygiene requirements in the food industry. In a final step, the product transfer system, delivers the prepared servings to the trays on a servo driven single chain and peg conveyor which was supplied by MULTIPOND UK as part of it’s turnkey solution to Branston Prepared.


The weigher is operated by means of a user-friendly color touch screen monitor. Richard Heppleston added: “Thanks to the simple user interface, our employees can operate the MULTIPOND weighers quickly and effectively, which for us is tremendously important. I gained experience as an operator on MULTIPOND weighers in previous companies I have worked for, which contributed considerably to my belief in MULTIPOND. For me, the MULTIPOND name also stands for excellent reliability, and the highest precision at simultaneously highest speed. Quite simply the complete package.” The complete installation of the line was planned and implemented by MULTIPOND on site and proceeded without any problems. The service provided by MULTIPOND is unparalleled, and I can also say this from my experiences in the previous companies. “When someone needs something, someone is on-site immediately. However, we have not yet had a single service requirement, the MULTIPOND weigher has run without problems since day one. The collaboration is simple and uncomplicated, and support from the company is superb.”, says Richard Heppleston.


MULTIPOND has been an owner-managed German company since the very beginning. Drawing on more than 70 years' experience in industrial weighing technology, we are a pioneer in this sector. Our success is based on the high quality and excellent technical standard of our weighing systems. We consciously commit to a high level of vertical integration, as well as production exclusively in Germany. Customer focus has become our corporate maxim. A team of over 250 employees commits worldwide to offer our customers from the food and non-food sectors optimized, unique solutions tailored exactly to their requirements at all times.
Sales, project planning and service activities are handled at the German headquarters, and from four of our own subsidiaries in France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the USA and by a worldwide network of agents.

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