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November, 2006


HTMS helps Honeyrose go one-to-one with an existing packing line

Hampshire Tobacco Machinery Services (HTMS), the original rebuilder of used tobacco machinery formulated in 1974 as JPE Co. Ltd. with the support of the engineering arm of the Imperial group known in the early days as WD & HO Wills of Bristol & J. Players of Hartley & Road, Nottingham.

HTMS resumed in a continued effort the rebuilding programme from 1985 onwards by Ron Woodthorpe and family, establishing the company as a leader in the field of re-engineered tobacco related machinery covering cigarette making machinery and a full packaging operation.

In 2003, HTMS was commissioned by the Ipswich, UK-based company Honeyrose to introduce a making line in three phases so Honeyrose could ultimately go one-to-one with an existing packing line.

TI recently spoke to John Heywood, commercial director, Honeyrose Products, Ltd., who said: “The new machinery has enabled us to increase our production without increasing the workforce and by cutting out the double handling that was a bottleneck before linking a Mk8 to a packer through this new system.”

Phase one included supplying a fully rebuilt mk8 smd maker, a pa8-5 filter assembler and a mass flow tray filler. This equipment was all run up to the satisfaction of Honeyrose to a speed of 3000 cpm.

Phase two included supplying a new automatic tray unloader, which would allow Honeyrose uninterrupted production for up to approximately 15 minutes. The tray unloader has a capacity to hold up to eight full trays of cigarettes.

Phase three was the key to the one-to-one operation faced with a four-meter gap between the tray filler and the auto tray unloader and a 2.4meter high wall. HTMS tobacco proceeded to design a bespoke cigarette conveying system to convey cigarettes from the mass flow into the tray unloader. The operation of the system would be key to the system’s success. Honeyrose required a system that could be self-sufficient. Because of brand changing, they required the machines to run as stand alone units and, depending on order size, run one-to-one. In order to run one-to-one, the tray unloader required some priming of the drop-down over the 2.4-meter wall. Under normal conditions, this was considered to be an acceptable issue to contend with, as very often the drop would be left full of product. When running one-to-one, the mass flow tray filler continued to fill trays at a slow rate, so as to cycle cigarettes and make surplus trays for the unloader. If the packer stopped the tray loader would fill at its normal rate. In the event of the maker stopping, the unloader would continue the cigarette feed so that under most circumstances neither machine would have to stop for the other. When running one-to-one the unloader would empty trays at a slow rate to also cycle cigarettes in the system.

Hampshire Tobacco Machinery Services, Unit 5, Hawkes Farm, Common Hill Road, Braishfield, Romsey Hampshire, S051QJ England. Tel: +44 (0) 1794 367733, Fax: +44 (0) 1794 367711.

Safety first at Filtrona Filters

UK-based Filtrona Filters has found a way of making its Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) measures even more effective. Filtrona recognizes that the ability to log and view all relevant safety and environmental data across its entire operation is key to continuing the company’s successful SHE record. Having explored the various options available, the best solution was to develop its own proprietary package: the Filtrona Group System (FGS), which is now being implemented across the group and provides Filtrona with exactly the global, company-wide visibility of its SHE performance it required.

To achieve this company-wide view, each Filtrona site contributes data relevant to its particular environmental health and safety issues through its own data collection personnel and site administrator. This information includes considerations such as how the local area and energy supplies are affected by the site’s activities. FGS also provides each site with a tool for accident reporting and investigation so that operating regions can monitor their performance and Filtrona can set targets for global accident reduction.

John Harbron, group HS&E manager, noted that this is all possible due to FGS being “a global system that meets local requirements.” This is done through a series of risk-assessment modules that cover the main types of risk within the business.

FGS also enables Filtrona to collect information on every aspect of its business that could potentially affect the environment. This will subsequently allow the company to easily satisfy current concerns surrounding corporate social responsibility by proactively identifying and rectifying possible environmental risks.

Additionally, FGS measures legal and policy compliance and helps to promote best practice and healthy competition within the group. This is because the audits are structured in such a way that sites in different parts of the world can be compared equally against each other. According to Harbron, “We want sites to compete against each other for the title of the safest and most environmentally friendly facility.”

Reports can be generated to show the overall Safety, Health and Environment performance statistics of the whole Filtrona Group and also enables users to drill down into each individual site.

Most Filtrona facilities are also audited against the environmental standard ISO 14001, which is complemented on the health and safety side by OHSAS 18001. Through the use of its modules, FGS will additionally enable the sites that have not, as yet, achieved this mark to do so very quickly.

“We are certainly improving our standards and involving more people in the SHE process and getting management and employee commitment,” said Harbron. “To implement the system will be hard work, but in the end it will be worth it.”

The Filtrona Group System was developed in-house within the Bunzl group with the software being developed at ITC. All sites within Filtrona will be audited against the FGS by the end of 2006.

Filtrona International Ltd., Shaftesbury Avenue, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, NE32 3UPTel: 0191 4280100; E-mail: michelleharrion@filtrona.com.

Wolke simplifies m600 handling and management

Hundreds of different print labels may be required in the manufacture of industrial products and consumer goods. Information such as product name and description, bar code and “best-before” date must be applied in an easily legible fashion on almost all packagings.

If perfect print is required, Wolke's m600 coding system offers high resolution of 600 dpi and ensures excellent legibility on cardboard, bags or blister packaging. The genuine Hewlett-Packard cartridge is a special feature of the printing system. It contains both ink and print jet. Thus, replacement of the cartridge is tantamount to renewal of the entire print head. This avoids long downtimes for cleaning and maintenance.

Up to four print heads can be activated and applied to various production lines via a robust controller unit. The common bar codes such as EAN 8, EAN 13, EAN 128 or Code 128 and Code 39 can be applied as well as logos or pictures. The artwork masters are created on the PC via the free m600 Label Designer Software. The version available at present has been completely revised on a new programming language platform and is now compatible with the operating systems Windows 2000 and XP. The redesigned user interface with preview function permits straightforward creation of labels and printing for checking purposes via the office printer. Upload and download of labels from the PC or server are possible via the m600's serial interface (RS232) or its optional Ethernet port (TCP/IP).

WOLKE Inks & Printers GmbH, Ostbahnstraße 116, 91217 Hersbruck; Tel: 0 91 51 / 81 61 – 0; Fax: 0 91 51 / 81 61 – 59; E-mail: info@m600.com.

Thermo Electron increases presence in tobacco industry

Thermo Electron Corp., an industry-leading producer of analytical and process instrumentation, recently supplied the latest of a series of Goring Kerr DSP3 gravity-feed metal detectors to Garbuio Dickinson. The compact systems, which have been installed at companies in Russia, China, and the UK, are being used to detect metal contamination in loose tobacco — helping prevent potentially costly damage to the company’s tobacco processing equipment.

Gordon Wood, section leader for handling, Garbuio Dickinson, a world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of innovative tobacco processing equipment and control systems, said: “We chose the DSP3 gravity-feed metal detector for its advanced technology, sensitivity and performance benefits. In addition, the vertical design is better suited to our production environment as it eliminates the need for an accompanying band conveyor.

“In today’s price-driven world and with customers demanding increasingly shorter lead times,” he continued, “anything that helps prevent damage to expensive processing equipment and so reduce downtime is worth its weight in gold. We also have a very good relationship with Thermo; its service and support are excellent.”

Thermo’s Goring Kerr DSP3 gravity-feed metal detector is able to inspect a wide range of free-flowing products. As well as being easy to install, the hygienic, space-saving design ensures straight-through flow, with no crevices or traps, and a fast-acting reject that ensures minimal product loss on detection of a contaminant.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., 81 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02454; Tel.: 800.678.5599; Fax: 781.622.1207; Web site: www.thermo.com.

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