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Post published on 11/07/2017

Mexico: LALA dairy group increases added-value with the purchase of an IMA Dairy&Food Erca machine

Les Ulis, France, 22. June 2017. IMA Dairy&Food Erca, the packaging machinery manufacturer, has developed a new FFS machine for the Mexican dairy group LALA. This enables the dairy to manufacture technically sophisticated, filled snap-on lids for various yoghurt products itself. The company had previously purchased the snap-on lids externally.

A new patent was developed for the FFS machine EF825 for the “Duomo” project, under which transparent plastic snap-on lids for yoghurt products are thermoformed and filled with cereals or other toppings such as puffed rice and chocolate balls. Both, polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) can be processed as materials for the lids. The fill quantity is regulated by volume or weight depending on the topping type. It is also possible to position in line with topping filling a small spoon into the cup lid.

Flexible and efficient

“Market requirements can change quickly” said Philippe Ley, Managing Director of IMA Dairy&Food Erca. “That is why it was crucial that a future-proof solution be designed that copes with several materials and products.”  With an output of about 32,000 filled and sealed lids per hour the machine is also extremely efficient. The quality of the lids and filling process was also improved. The newly developed machine makes a degree of precision possible that was not achieved by the previously used pre-formed lids.

“With the new IMA Dairy&Food Erca machine we now have the entire value-added chain in our own hands” emphasises Oscar Ordonez, General Manager of the LALA Group. “This increases our efficiency and makes us more independent”. It is expected that the new machine will generate its return on investment (ROI) within nine months.

Networked development activities

Several companies in the IMA Group and other companies worked closely together on the new machine which took just under a year and a half to develop. The technology and expertise for the filling of cereals and lidding foil station originate from IMA Dairy&Food Hamba, the robot solution for positioning the spoon comes from a partner company. “The project is an excellent example of how genuine innovations with added value can be generated through the networking of our group-wide expertise” emphasises Philippe Ley.

The machine will be delivered in June and go into operation at the Irapuato site. LALA has been working with companies in the IMA Group since 1998 and uses several IMA Dairy&Food Erca and IMA Dairy&Food Gasti machines.