“PackTech delivered according to all our specified requirements, and was the best choice regarding a number of important parameters. In addition, it is great to have a supplier who can be here in 20 minutes if we need assistance," says Brynild's project manager and project engineer Viggo Ersøybakk.
VPK PackTech is part of VPK Packaging Nordic. With more than 35 years of experience and more than 900 installations and upgrades across Scandinavia, they specialize in reliable and efficient solutions for their customers. VPK has factories throughout Europe, and can offer products and solutions to the entire value chain. Ranging from the development, design and production of packaging to complete, tailor-made packaging lines.
A packing line of precision engineering
The whole packaging line that was delivered to the nut and candy manufacturer in Fredrikstad consists of a fully automatic wrap-around packing machine from Österbergs Förpackningsmaskiner AB, pallet elastics from Intersystem AB and transport system from Carryline AB. A packing line is a long line of advanced interactions between electronics and mechanics, fine-tuned down to millimetre precision.
VPK’s installations are in action after the products are placed in bags and checked on the production line. From there, they are transported into the packaging machine, which shapes and glues a corrugated board around the correct number of products. The packaging also labelled before it continues its journey towards being palletised. Boxes with any deviations are removed from the line.
In the palletizing machine, the boxes are pushed into place on pallets and come pre-stacked - ready to be transported onwards towards the warehouse or retailer – and then on to the consumer for a sweet treat.
A long history of service
VPK PackTech has been a supplier to Brynild
for decades, and is naturally invited into the tender process when equipment is to be upgraded or complete packing lines are to be created. However this time, increased demand required significant investments in production capacity. “We went wide” says Ersøybakk, who has been the factory's project manager for the major expansion.
“We sent out requests to 8-10 suppliers at home and abroad with our requirements and needs for speed, box sizes, layout plan etc., and were left with three of them in a final round.”
During this stage VPK PackTech was the most convincing. Ersøybakk said: “VPK showed a good understanding of the project, were competitive on price and contributed with expertise and solutions that optimized and streamlined production. Not least, the packing line has a quick and secure transition to different box formats and is easy to use for operators – and can point to an uptime of over 98%. Which helps significantly with Brynild's competitiveness in a tough market.”
“The machines were also physically smaller than the competitors’ offering, which made it easier to install in the production hall. VPK could also deliver on time even during the difficult times of the pandemic and kept to the schedule”. Ersøybakk adds: “It would have been far more complicated if we had chosen a supplier from Germany, as the installers would have had to been quarantined every time they came to the country.”
Fast delivery time
VPK PackTech's project engineer and salesman Lars Hansen is pleased that they can contribute to increasing value for Brynild, and have a history of providing Österbergs machines at company’s candy factories.
In fact, several are around 30 years old, and still in use. It says a lot about the reliability and efficiency of the brand!
- How do you make such a comprehensive request as this one?
Before the installation Hansen created a layout of the best areas to strategically place the machinery. Once the proposal is agreed, and meetings have taken place testing starts until the final completion of the project. When Brynild receives the proposal, all details are reviewed and in line with their descriptions.
Growth and acquisition
Viggo Ersøybakk is very pleased with the solution and delivery from VPK PackTech, as the installations help Brynild keep up with demand. The manufacturer has nevertheless increased sales during the pandemic, and had a record turnover in 2020.
"It shows that many people have enjoyed our products when working from home," he says with a smile.
Also, the acquisition of the Swedish candy factory Troll-Gott Confectionery has been very successful, which contributed to Brynild increasing its total capacity and strengthening its place in the Swedish market.
PS: For those who want to take the W50 machine in closer view, VPK PackTech will exhibit it at the trade fair in Gothenburg (Scanpack) 4-7 October!