Chicken of the Sea, the century old California seafood canning company, decided two years ago that it needed to add a bundling machine that could shrink wrap multiple cans for the particular pack styles required by their various customers. They had been outsourcing the task.
The industry had gone to multi-packs in a big way, and the company had to find a machine that could meet their customers’ needs, including the 4-pack that had become popular in grocery stores, as well as 6-, 10- and 12-packs.
The company looked for a local source with a product that was strong enough to do what it needed. They reviewed the options by attending PACK EXPO and talking to personal contacts in the close-knit tuna industry. After narrowing the options to three main contenders that were robust enough for their production line, they selected Standard-Knapp, a company well-known for supplying the first tray packers to the tuna canning industry in the 1980’s.
The bundler selected, the 597 Tritium Multipacker, met both speed and cost requirements, is built for 24/7 operations, and is extremely strong.
The Tritium gave Chicken of the Sea the versatility it needed. The company now has the ability to feed the tray pack machine directly, and it can run separately from multi-pack. If they don’t need the multiple pack feature, they can now overwrap loose-packed cans.
They estimate they are producing roughly 50-75 percent more product than before.
Standard-Knapp is a Pak West vendor partner. To read the entire Chicken of the Sea case study, click here.