Case study in automating the bagging of frozen mealsMar 11, 2010
Matrix was recently featured in the March 2010 issue of Packaging World magazine showcasing their vertical form fill seal system for Kahiki Foods, Inc., maker of frozen Asian entrées and appetizers.
Reduced labor costs and product giveaway, plus increased efficiency, are the key benefits that Kahiki has enjoyed since its December ’08 installation of a Triton vertical form/fill/seal bagger from Matrix Packaging Machinery.
Mark Novak, Kahiki’s vice president of manufacturing and logistics, said of Matrix: “The Triton machine came so well recommended for our uses and for our future plans, that we realized that Matrix gave us the best options.”
The Triton runs on four weekly shifts, operating at speeds that Novak says allow the company to optimize control of the line. “We’ve been very happy with the bagger. It’s been very rewarding in that it saves us a lot of money and it’s been a reliable system,” he says.
Much of the savings come from reduced labor. “The labor-savings are dramatic,” Novak says. “When we look at the fact that we’ve virtually doubled our speeds from manual packing, with fewer people, we have realized a 65-percent reduction in labor costs.” But that doesn’t mean people have been terminated. “Instead,” Novak says, “we have been able to divert those people to other business areas because we have made product and process improvements. We have not let anyone go in the last 10 years.”
Faster speeds and labor savings are not the only advantages. Kahiki has greatly improved its Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) thanks to the Matrix Triton machine.
Matrix is an industry leading manufacturer of rugged, cost competitive, and easy-to-operate vertical form fill & seal (VFFS) equipment for all types of flexible packaging and operates as a master distributor of FLtècnics rollstock pouch machines, INVpack stickpack and sachet machines, and Pacraft (formerly Toyo Jidoki) pre-made pouch packaging machines. Experienced in most flexible packaging applications, Matrix has the ability and knowledge to tailor highly efficient and sensible packaging systems and is committed to optimizing solutions for customers on a global scale. Matrix is a product brand of ProMach, a global leader in packaging line solutions. As part of the ProMach Flexibles & Trays business line, Matrix helps our packaging customers protect and grow the reputation and trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Matrix at www.MatrixPM.com and more about ProMach at www.ProMachBuilt.com.
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