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Strength, quality & experience

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CASE STUDY

Strength, quality experience
Chronos BTH forges long-term partnership with Weston Milling
hronos BTH’s special working partnership with leading Australasian milling specialists Weston Milling is going from strength to strength. This is part of a major upgrade program for Weston involving their five mills in Australia and three in New Zealand. When completed, the overall bagging project, valued at over six million euro, will include not As a result Weston Milling have exceptionally every 25 years or so. We have gone Following extensive milling plant We have gone through a dedicated through a dedicated andbut also trials and two-year only the integrated bagging lines, exhaustive high expectations from their process decision process The Weston equipment and this investment with Chronos and exhaustive decision and stretch hooders. over the past two technical collaboration, eight CHRONO- palletisers over the past two years to evaluate BTH is the first major change in of OMLBAGTM OML millsSeriesbag packaging the best technical solution available years to evaluate the best technical BF since the mid 1980s. bagging project incorporates a combinationon today’s open-mouth equipment at the solution available have Divisionalshipped to Weston’s flour mills 1030 BF single spout lines, OML-2060 BF Their been Engineering Manager Craig on today’s market. market. Gough is clear Australia and Auckland, New dual spout lines and OML-3090 BF triple in Sydney, on his company’s philosophy: “We certainly don’t make decisions to upgrade our plants A critical blend of factors is reviewed in this decision process spout reliability, Zealand. only expect to change-out critical equipment includinglines. performance, future proof capabilities and lightly and
support, both local and remote. Technical merit is considered first and then cost. We are prepared to pay a premium for the best technical solution for Weston’s requirements. Ultimately Chronos BTH were selectedthe oldest and Weston Milling is one of from a shortlist of four international companies. Chronos BTH personnel have largest professional in understandingNew Zealand cereal processors in our requirements been very and Australia, with a proud milling heritage and the extensive trials carried out at their plant in Holland were extremely successful.” dating back over 100 years. It operates at

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requirements. Ultimately Chronos BTH was selected from a shortlist of four international companies. Chronos BTH personnel have been very professional in understanding our requirements and the extensive trials carried out at their plant in Holland were extremely successful.”

Beyond bagging
The extensive project has gone beyond the bagging lines to encompass a complete redesign of Weston’s bag styles and types. Joint collaboration has also seen the evolution of Chronos BTH’s new and highly innovative BlockTop™ bag closing technique for flour and other food related industries. This provides a very strong, yet easy to open seal arrangement at the top of the bags. Robbert van den Biggelaar, sales director, Chronos BTH, has worked closely with Weston personnel throughout the project and is extremely positive about the partnership, “This has been a challenging, yet highly rewarding two way experience for our engineers and other team members. In parallel Paul Woosley and his team from our exclusive agent in the region, Australian Prime Fibre Pty Ltd. (APF), have played a pivotal role throughout the project. “We are delighted to have met or exceeded all Weston’s criteria and their input to the project has been invaluable. Their decision process and strategy dovetail perfectly with our philosophy of ensuring we design and develop the world’s most technically advanced, high-reliability bag packaging equipment. It is very reassuring and encouraging to be working with a company that recognises the importance of technical endeavour and expertise,” says Mr van den Biggelaar.

A century of milling heritage

the heart of the agricultural industry lines The extensive project has gone beyond the bagging with to encompass a complete redesign‘paddock to plate’. activities that stretch from of Weston’s bag styles and types. Joint collaboration has also seen the evolution of Weston Milling has a strong reputation Chronos BTH’s new and highly innovative BlockTop™ bag and technique for flour and other The company is closing tradition of quality. food related industries. This provides a very strong, yet easy to open seal arrangement committed to be the leading cereal conat the top of the bags. version business in Australasia by fulfilling
Chronos BTH’s Sales Director Robbert van den Biggelaar has customers’ needs through the supply of worked closely with Weston personnel throughout the project reliable, high quality products and “This has and is extremely positive about the partnership.services. been a company yet highly rewarding two way experience The challenging, engenders the same ideology for our engineers and other team members. In parallel Paul for flour milling, which has proved successful Woosley and his team from our exclusive agent in the region, for thousands of years. Australian Prime Fibre Pty Ltd. (APF), have played a pivotal role throughout the project. We areMilling has excepAs a result, Weston delighted to have met or exceeded all Weston’s criteria and their input to the project has

The OML BF bagging lines feature Bottom-up filling techniques to minimise dust

The OML BF bagging lines feature Bottom-up filling techniques to minimise dust

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bagging speeds of 300, 600 and future requirements, lines can be built with redundant filling head frames allowing highly cost effective future proof

OML-1030 BF single spout bagging Another key advantage of

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tionally high expectations from its milling plant equipment and this investment with Chronos BTH is the first major change in bag packaging equipment at the mills since the mid-1980s. Craig Gough, divisional engineering manager, Weston Milling, is clear on his company’s philosophy, “we certainly don’t make decisions to upgrade our plants lightly and only expect to change-out critical equipment every 25 years or so. We have gone through a dedicated and exhaustive decision process over the past two years to evaluate the best technical solution available on today’s market. “A critical blend of factors including reliability, performance, future proof capabilities and support, both local and remote. Technical merit is considered first and then cost. We are prepared to pay a premium for the best technical solution for Weston’s

The filling process
The OML BF features highly effective, dust controlled ‘bottom-up’ filling techniques. Chronos BTH has pioneered developments in this type of filling for dusty powdered products such as flour and this proprietary technique ensures high accuGrain

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minimises dust emission and reduces product aeration. The vertical screw is frequency / servo control driven, allowing all powdery products to be filled hygienically, accurately and quickly.

bagging speeds of 300, 600 or 900 bags per hour. Depending on customers’ current and future requirements, lines can be built with redundant CASE STUDY filling head frames allowing highly cost effective future proof upgradeability.

racy, whilst also bringing important reductions in bag costs. At the start of the filling process, an empty bag is automatically placed on the filling spout. The filling spout moves to the filling position then moves progressively down the bag during the filling cycle. This controlled process, which maintains a minimum distance between the filling point of the vertical screw and the product in the bag significantly minimises dust emission and reduces product aeration. The vertical screw is frequency / servo control driven, allowing all powdery products to be filled hygienically, accurately and quickly. Another key advantage of the OML BF product range is its cost effective, modular design, offering the capability of one, two or three filling heads per line with corresponding bagging speeds of 300, 600 or 900 bags per hour. Depending on customers’ current and future requirements, lines can be built with redundant filling head frames allowing highly cost effective future proof upgradeability. The bagging lines are a critical part of the Weston operations and as Craig Gough concludes, “our mills operate almost continually throughout the year and therefore technical support is a very important part of the overall project. We are looking forward to the bagging line installs together with the palletisers and stretch hooders.”

Experienced sales and service offices in The bagging lines are a critical part of the Weston operations and as Netherlands, Germany,mills operate almost the Craig Gough concludes: “Our Italy, United continually throughout the year and therefore technical Kingdom and France help provide highsupport is a very important part of the overall project. We tech, valued added products and compreare looking forward to the bagging line installs together with the palletisers and stretchservices. hensive customer hooders.” Chronos BTH, Facts & figures together with its Premier Tech Chronos sister companies Merger and acquisitions by PREMIER TECH have combined in the Americas and Asia, is one of the the companies Chronos Richardson (established in 1881), world’s leading manufacturers of packagBTH, Richard Simon, Howe Richardson, FORBERG into today’s solutions in the together more than a century ing Chronos BTH, bringing field of Industrial of technical innovation, application experience and expertise. Flexible Packaging. With production facilToday Chronos BTH has modern, state-of-the art production ities in Canada, the USA, supported by skilled facilitiesin the Netherlands and Italy, Thailand, India engineering teams focusing on innovative research and and China, the company group is active development programmes. Experienced sales and service in more than 50 countries, supported by a long established network of Customer Service Specialists. Chronos BTH is a single point of contact for all of its customers’ packaging and material handling needs. Each piece of equipment is designed, chrOnOSBth.cOM manufactured and integrated in-house. Chronos BTH is recognised worldwide for its customised and innovative weighing, bagging, baling, palletising and load securing solutions for a broad spectrum of industries. It offers manual, semi-automatic, fully automated or turnkey solutions for bagging a diverse range of bulk materials in the food, feed, chemicals, minerals and horticulture industries. Its bagging portfolio includes open-mouth bagging systems, valve bagging systems, horizontal and vertical FFS systems as well as filling systems for flexible and rigid containers.

The Weston Milling project involves palletisers and stretch hooders

The Weston Milling project involves palletisers and stretch hooders

Facts and figures
Merger and acquisitions by Premier Tech have combined the companies Chronos Richardson (established in 1881), BTH, Richard Simon, Howe Richardson, Forberg into today’s Chronos BTH, bringing together more than a century of technical innovation, application experience and expertise. Today Chronos BTH has modern, state-of-the art production facilities in the Netherlands and Italy, supported by skilled engineering teams focusing on innovative research and development programmes.

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