A peak behind the scenes: the case with the tastemakers
Half past twelve on a weekday. The stomach of Patrick Smit, Sales Engineer at Mundi Technology in Mijdrecht, growls. Lunch hour! He rushes to the canteen. A fresh salad is on the menu today. The salad contains also a cup of salad dressing. When he sees the cup of dressing, it puts a smile on his face because it reminds him of an interesting project he worked on earlier. Which project? Read on!
The challenge Euroma, producer of herbs and spices, supplies the dressing for a fresh take-away salad. This addition is enclosed separately within the package, so that the consumer can add the dressing to the salad at his own taste. Request from the salad producer to Euroma was to find the optimal coding solution for the dressing cup and then preferably placed on the sealing foil.
The background Euroma has travelled around the world for almost 120 years searching for the very best ingredients. Their ambition is to become the leading player in the European market for herbs and spices. Euroma develops various flavor solutions for the food industry, based on herbs and spices, and they also produce packages for its own Euroma herbal line of products. Nature supplies the vast majority of the ingredients that Euroma uses. Therefore they feel responsible to carefully deal with their main supplier of their ingredients. For example, they are busy developing a full range of sustainable herbs and spices.
Co-manufacturing partner In addition to producing the taste solutions based on herbs and spices, Euroma has inhouse specialists who have a lot of knowledge in the field of packaging. Such as support in the development phase, design and positioning on the shelves. The goal is to optimally use all the functionalities of the packaging, such as logistics and marketing, as well as food safety and shelf life.
The search At Euroma, they already planned to review the conventional methods of coding they currently use. In the search for the optimal solution for the 'dressing cup issue', they immersed themselves in the ins and outs of the various possibilities of coding and the advantages and disadvantages of each method. During that search they ended up with Patrick Smit, Sales Engineer at Mundi Technology: "Euroma approached me with this specific case. Within Mundi Technology we have specialized ourselves for years in laser coding. Among other things, we have gained extensive experience with coding on foil. Because of the high speed which we can code on, the accuracy of the code and the fact that laser coding is one of the cleanest methods of coding, it is a very suitable way for the food industry."
Let the laser do its thing Euroma also saw the clear advantages of coding with a laser and decided to equip its production line with a laser coder. Patrick Smit: "Of course we ensure that everything is arranged down to the last detail during the installation and of course also when the line starts to produce with the new laser. In this specific case the laser is integrated in the existing rotary filling machine. Because of the wet production environment, we installed an IP65 model." Prior to the installation of the laser, there were close consultations with machine builder Steven BV from Joure. This way Euroma was completely unburdened. After all preparations have been made, the moment of 'starting production' is at hand. "The first production day is always exciting. We completed the installation successfully once again: the flashes of the laser do their thing and a package with a razor-sharp code is transported on the packaging line. Every time: great to see!" Patrick adds.
Foresight Within Euroma they have already anticipated on the internal wish to explore other ways of coding during previous software adjustments. As a result the software which Euroma uses, Clarisoft, can effortlessly communicate with the Linx laser equipment. Because of this foresight of Euroma it is possible to generate the code at the head office in Wapenveld and from there send it to the product location in Schijndel.
Field experience What makes this solution the best fit? Hans van Eijk, Senior Process Engineer at Euroma, tells about his experiences with the laser coder: "The machine was easy to integrate into our filling machine. After a brief instruction, it was easy to use and I was able to set up the machine myself. And because the machine is compatible with the software we use, setting it up the code is a piece of cake. That laser coding is one of the cleanest ways of coding also played an important role in making the choice for this way of coding. We don’t need ink and solvents anymore. And that fits in perfectly with our vision on corporate social responsibility."
Mundi Technology has been a market leader for years and supplies high-quality devices for laser coding, checkweighing, metal detection and X-ray inspection. Our devices ensure low operational costs and a high line efficiency.