Extruder, Flow Wrapper, Conveyors, Film
Automation, Labor Savings, Space Maximization, Throughput Process
A labor intensive burrito, sandwich, and other food production facility.
The facility had reached capacity but was looking to expand. Pak West, along with sister division Pacific Conveyor Systems, explored using automation processes to increase productivity and throughput to allow for additional growth within the facility.
The challenge was automating the burrito process. The manual process had employees hand scooping fillings onto the tortillas, hand rolling the burritos, and then tightly wrapping them in Kraft paper sealing them with a label.
The following proposal was accepted and implemented:
For the sandwiches, the extruder is removed from the line, where the sandwiches are manually made. The assembled sandwiches follow the conveyor to the flow wrapper, are wrapped, and are accumulated for packaging into the shipping cartons.
Pak West and PCS delivered on all the conveyors, installed the third-party equipment (extruder and flow wrapper), and are supplying the film for the burritos and sandwiches.