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Dale and Thomas profits with new popcorn packaging line!

Situation:

Sales were "popping" at Dale and Thomas, so the gourmet popcorn manufacturer had moved to new 110,000 sq. ft. facility in Englewood, NJ and needed to install a new product handling, inspection and packaging systems to expand production capacity.

"The expansion was a very fast track project," recalls Glen Flook, C.O.O. at Dale and Thomas. "We needed a turn key implementation with very short lead times. We needed a supplier who could deliver quality equipment, and who had the engineering and service capabilities to meet those demands."

Solution:

"Heat and Control was able to step up and give us what we needed."

The installation at Dale and Thomas included six packaging stations, each featuring a direct-mount Ishida RS 14-head weigher with integrated CEIA metal detector over an Ishida Astro vertical bagmaker. The gentle motion of FastBack horizontal motion conveyors protects the company's uniquely coated products throughout distribution to the packaging stations. System controls were also provided by Heat and Control.

Results:

"The equipment is working exactly as promised," says Flook. "The conveying systems have reduced finished product waste by 50%, and the bagmaking equipment has reduced our film scrap by nearly 75%."

"The entire installation and start-up experience was outstanding," Flook continues. "Despite the tight deadlines, the project was executed on time and allowed us to meet some very substantial fourth quarter business objectives."

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