Competitive pricing and previous experience of Allen Coding Systems were among the reasons for Pork Farms choosing the company’s well-proven 4ACC off-line carton coder to replace an old machine at its factory in Shaftesbury.

Manufacturer of Scotch eggs, crispbakes and cooked cocktail sausages, Pork Farms chose the 4ACC carton coding system to deal with the requirements of new packaging for products such as Snackpots for Tesco Southern Fried Chicken and Mini Eggs.

Simon Greenwood, Chief Engineer at Pork Farms, knew of Allen coders from other organisations as well as from Pork Farms’ Shaftesbury site. He says: “The 4ACC has resolved the issue of code drift and wastage that we were experiencing with our previous labelling system, which had reached the end of its life span.”

He continues: “The best features of this Allen machine are its ease of use and ability to facilitate quick changeovers, enabling it to deal with numerous product changes each day.

“It was also easy to install, is simple to clean and maintain and is now operating at 40 to 50 cartons per minute, printing our date codes on to a variety of different cardboard packaging. Plus, the choice of coding options, such as the star wheel type code and intermittent thermal transfer offer extra flexibility.”

The 4ACC carton coding system uses a pusher plate system to pass cartons rapidly across a tabletop surface for coding before collating them for removal using a simple out-feed system.

The machine is equipped with a foil run out alarm and a pre-set batch counter, which may be set to count up or down for 10,000 items and will automatically shut off the machine after the desired batch has been coded.

A brushed metal easy-clean construction and mounted castor wheels make the 4ACC the ideal choice for use in the food and pharmaceutical sectors where cleanliness and portability are pre-requisites.

Allen Coding is part of the ITW Coding & Marking Division, which also comprises Allen Spain, Norwood, Diagraph, Trident and Allen Germany.

Allen Coding Systems

Steve Ryan

Tel: 01438 347 770

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