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Findus Sweden, a supplier of frozen foods, has installed a high-performance IPP390 three-lane pick-and-place denesting machine from Ixia UK.

Findus needed a new denester to help boost capacity as its existing system was proving to be both unreliable and incapable of handling coppice board trays, which have no denest features, are less rigid than foil and plastics trays and can vary in size from +/-10-15mm.

The pneumatic Ixia IPP390 with its Snapdragon is capable of accurately and efficiently handling coppice board trays and other pack types in various sizes.

Other benefits include a fully wash-down construction, a simple design and consistent placement positioning.

The machine runs at speeds of up to 120 packs per minute for a frozen fish product line.

‘The machine has decreased downtime and improved efficiency thanks to its special Snapdragon tooling system, which allows us to change over tray sizes completely tool free in minutes,’ said Roland Berggren, project manager at Findus Sweden.

Ixia denesters are capable of handling closely stacked plastics, aluminium foil and cardboard trays, cartons, pizza bases, pots and containers in a variety of shapes at high speeds as part of an automated food processing and packaging line.

Available for high-performance wash-down environments, the compact pneumatically driven ‘plug-and-go’ denesters can be supplied as standalone units; alternatively, they can be fully integrated into many different types of filling, tray sealing and flow-wrapping machines.

Ixia denesters are suitable for the various pack changes required on today’s production lines, offering increased efficiency, cost savings and the elimination of repetitive strain injuries.

As well as denesters, the company designs and manufactures lidding, closure, gating and foil crimping systems for a variety of food sectors, including bakery, ready meals, dairy, meat, fresh and chilled produce, confectionery and pizza and pasta.

In addition to standard machines, the company can custom-build machines to suit individual requirements.

Ixia offers spare parts, tooling, flexible warranty packages and training.

It also supplies systems for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics markets.

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