VETIPAK ALWAYS ONE STEP AHEAD

Contract packer on the road to success

Vetipak: Established in 1997, the company specializes in the packaging of a broad range of products in the food sector, from instant soups to various confectionery products to animal feed. Its partners include numerous A-List brands and various private labels.

The company sees customer relationships as partnerships. "Always one step ahead" is the company motto – in terms of technical equipment too. With its own engineering team, Vetipak is constantly striving to find solutions for its customers' diverse and complex requirements, and to implement these solutions as quickly as possible. The average project time is just three months, and this means the technology has to be incredibly flexible. In total, the company has around 650 employees at four locations in The Netherlands. The company's huge success and the continuous growth this generates means the Group has to expand – an additional plant will be opened in Poland shortly.
The high aspiration for quality in the company is also reflected in the selection of suppliers. As Mark van der Burgt, Chief Commercial Officer, explains: "When we invest, then it is only in "A-brands and quality." According to van der Burgt, for multihead weighers, we rely exclusively on MULTIPOND – the "Rolls Royce" among multihead weighers.
To expand capacities, an additional MP 24-1000/400-H-S5 MULTIPOND multihead weigher for mixtures of up to four different components has recently been acquired for the plant in Oss (south Netherlands). This is the ninth weighing machine from MULTIPOND.

MAXIMUM ACCURACY AND SPEED

The products to be weighed are fed to the weigher by four MULTIPOND cross head feeders. Once they have arrived on top at the weigher, the products are first conveyed to the prefeed hoppers by the radially positioned feed trays and then to the weigh hoppers underneath. The system operates based on the principle of combining partial portions. After the weighing process, the partial portion is deposited via specially-developed swiveling funnels into the memory hopper underneath. The use of the memory hoppers greatly increases the number of possible combinations and ultimately provides the basis for maximum accuracy and speed. A computer now determines, from the partial portions, the combination that corresponds to or comes closest to the desired target weight. Depending on application, the finished weighed portions are finally delivered to the timing hopper, from which they are transferred to the downstream form fill seal machine.
The target weights on this line are between 10g and 400g, depending on the product. The standard deviation is less than 0.3 % and the mean value corresponds to the desired target weight. The line runs continuously at up to 140 weighings per minute.
The system is operated using a convenient color touchscreen monitor. Rens van de Rakt, Packaging Technologist explains: "The familiarization time for the operators on the MULTIPOND machine is much less than any other systems installed in our factory. The clearly arranged HMI contributes a key role here."

MULTIFLEXIBLE WEIGHING SYSTEMS

All MULTIPOND weighing systems installed at Vetipak are multiflexible, so that they can react to a broad range of customer requirements swiftly and simply. The ultimate aim is to weigh products with different characteristics - from chocolate to dog food - quickly and precisely. Rens van de Rakt, Packaging Technologist at Vetipak, states: "Our machines claim to achieve a high degree of flexibility and reliability. We must be able to respond extremely quickly to our customers' requirements – and we expect the same of our system suppliers. We are in the best hands at MULTIPOND."
"As a premium partner, MULTIPOND is at our side with outstanding knowledge and decades of experience.", explains Mark van der Burgt. "We receive excellent support from the Dutch subsidiary. Fast response times and the flat company hierarchy are a true benefit to us."

ENGINEERED AND MANUFACTURED IN GERMANY

MULTIPOND has been an owner-managed 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. We have made the topic of customer orientation our corporate maxim. A team of more than 200 employees work 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 are handled by the headquarters in Germany, and by the four subsidiaries in France, the Netherlands, UK and the USA, and by a worldwide network of agents.

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