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Equipment Suppliers Scrambling To Meet Snack Food Manufacturers’ Needs

Advanced controls are delivering many benefits to food companies, including at-line diagnostic tools like the Service Pad tablet from Haver Filling Systems Inc. Product differentiation often means a change in packaging, and that can be particularly challenging for snack-food manufacturers trying to strike a balance between throughput demands and optimal flexibility. Inventure Foods is a case in point. “Gentler product handling, faster changeovers and efficient sanitation by design” are factors that temper the need for higher throughput, suggested Brian Foster, former senior vice president of operations at the Phoenix-based company. Surging sales of kettle chips prompted the firm to update production and packaging systems at Inventure’s Goodyear, Ariz., facility a few years ago. But given public interest in new flavor varieties, a continuous motion, twin-jaw bag former was deemed to be too much volume, too little flexibility. Instead, a single-jaw, continuous motion bagmaker with a sweet spot in the 100-120 bags per minute range was installed, providing a cost-effective solution in a production environment marked by multiple changeovers. As with other equipment categories, snack...