Basingstoke based Gordian Strapping has provided a system solution for AAK UK – the integration of a side seal strapping machine into their packaging line at King George Dock in Hull, Humberside. AAK UK is part of AAK, the world's leading manufacturer of high value-added specialty vegetable fats. AAK UK specializes in the development, production and application of edible oils and fats for the food manufacturing and baking industries, as well as for food service and retail.
The requirement for new packaging equipment was influenced by a number of factors; the existing system had become unreliable, resulting in down-time which was compounded by inadequate engineering support and the high cost of spare parts. Furthermore, the cost of strapping was at a premium because it could only be sourced in a special size from the existing supplier.
The system solution, an OMS 875A/B with a single sword TR14 HD strapping head, ticked all the boxes. AAK UK runs three daily shifts, meaning that the robust and reliable equipment supplied by Gordian was particularly attractive. The modular components of the strapping head, which allow for easy changeover was also an important factor, as was Gordian’s nationwide service support network.
A decisive factor in the choice of machine supplier was the endorsement of Gordian Strapping’s capabilities by another customer to Paul Drewery, Maintenance Manager at AAK UK, whilst he was viewing a similar machine at their premises.
Paul commented “The installation and commissioning went without a hitch and the system exceeds our expectations. This is the first strapping machine that Gordian Strapping has supplied to AAK UK. On the strength of the professionalism they have demonstrated as well as the superior reliability of their products, I would recommend them to anybody as a great partner.”
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