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Airline Meals Packaging Machine Reduces Resources Reliance

Posted by Carla Colwell
14th February, 2023

In the airline meals sector, tens of thousands are served every day on flights all over the world. With hygiene standards understandably high across the sector, every meal has to be prepared, frozen and reheated for passengers with meticulous precision.
Packaging these types of products also requires minimum human intervention to meet the strictest standards. This is when automated packaging machines become an invaluable resource for operations of all sizes. Let’s take a closer look.


The challenges of manual resources

Compliance and regulatory controls are big factors in the food industry, from preparation to packaging, freezing and distribution. Because of this, hygiene standards must be high and human intervention minimised wherever practically possible.
Also within many industries at the current time, recruitment challenges are placing additional pressure on output and the operational agility of many a shop floor. This can make businesses particularly nervous during peak demand and seasonal periods, when additional resources are traditionally needed.

In times when operational and energy costs are rising, it has never been more important to move away from this heavy traditional reliance on manual resources. Today, automation lies at the heart of improving operations and increasing flexibility in this and almost every industry sector.


How automation can help - increasing production and reducing cost

Introducing automation within the packaging line was the perfect solution for a supplier of savoury products for an airline meals provider in the UK. They returned to Jacob White looking for a solution to increase production, reduce costs and the reliance of manual resources.

Ticking all the boxes in terms of compliance, some of the latest automatic packaging machines still offer full visibility and quality control, crucial to a food packaging environment. With increased speed and output, the client was able to double their production with increased levels of consistency too.

Modern packaging automation offers a simplified approach to operation, reducing the dedication to training, maintenance and changeovers. This can also help to broaden horizons with the ability to package multiple products over short or long production runs to suit the needs of the business.
This means that the reliance on manual resources can be dramatically reduced, while increasing both quality and production output. In short, automation could provide a scalable approach that meets and overcomes seasonal and other challenges associated with manual resource reliance.

Automation in action

Our airline meals provider noticed a difference in their operations almost immediately following the installation of the NS-X 5 packaging machine. Read the full case study here to find out more.


Talk to us

At Jacob White packaging, we are delighted to see our clients meet their challenges head-on by embracing automation. We spend time understanding the processes, products and existing packaging methods, in addition to the challenges some of our clients face. Only then can we truly know how to tailor the solution that meets these precise needs.

With so many variations of packaging machines available, and so many challenges to face, it is critical to choose a solution that can become the foundation for future proofing operations. Scalable, flexible, energy efficient and manual resource-light, automation is the key. Talk to us and let us help.

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