ACH farming have gone from strength to strength in recent years going from a relatively small shed full of graders running flat out, to a huge shed full of graders and packing machinery running flat out. Their unshakable bond with LIDL has been at the core of the rapid but controlled growth they’ve had in the past few years; not even covid could keep them apart.
After initially putting in 3 packing lines, Tom decided this wasn’t enough for the surging business and has now installed a 4th line, another BFI to add to the collection. It stands proudly next to it’s brother in arms and the crowded packhouse becomes yet more populated! This increases the capacity for flow wrapping considerably, adding another 80 ppm behemoth to the repertoire of packing possibilities for which ACH Farming are so flexible – switching between packing bags, trays and trayless packs with ease.
As well as the new BFI there is now a bagger on a roll (https://www.burgmachinefabriek.nl/en/machines/bzv-bagfiller/) to fill the new, unquenchable thirst for 2kg bags, whilst still having the ability to do any bag from 0.5kg to 3.5kg should the mood strike. This is fed quite cleverly, by the existing polybagger machines counting the apples and moving them onto a batch belt then into the BZV. This gives a capacity of around 18 bags per minute for 2kg bags and up to 30 for lower kg bags. This kind of speed with no human intervention exponentially increases efficiency and reduces cost per bag for yet further automated packing.
As always, a big thank you to Tom Hulme for the order, Tracy Briggs for her astute eye during proceedings and our dear and fluffy Joan van Burg for his usual expertise. We look forward to our next project together with ACH Farming in the very near future!