Why would you visit Al Thika Packaging at Gulfood 2016?

Increased OEE and optimised MMI for a start!!! Al Thika Packaging offer total line solutions to increase OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency) and reduce manufacturing and packaging costs with a holistic overview of your packaging requirements. Taking into account the variability of packaging materials we can specify materials to ensure optimal MMI (Material Machine Interface). We […]

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Success for Al Thika at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

Once again, the Al Thika branded Nissan Patrol of Newtrix Racing was prominent at the annual Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which took place in the Liwa region from 3rd-7th April. The ADDC is the second round in the FIA World Cross Country Rally Championship, in which Ian Barker competed for the 9th time alongside his co-driver Sheila Barker. They encountered various problems during the first three days, the worst of which was a broken half-shaft which left them without 4-wheel drive on day 2. However, they were able to achieve creditable 16th and 18th place finishes on the final two days, for an overall 23rd place finish. 56 cars and buggies started, but such are the demands of this challenge that only 40 vehicles reached the finish line.

Dates industry automation

Automatic sorting of dates, using the Key Technology ‘Optyx’ platform, has enabled the industry to streamline date processing.  More consistent sorting, by colour and/or size, is now possible with minimal manpower.  Al Thika is now moving to further capitalise on its strong relationships in the sector by designing an automated solution for downstream bulk packaging, and this month received the first order for an in-line system.

The main sorter outfeed will provide the product to be packed into bulk cartons of 5, 10, or 20kg.  An uplift conveyor takes the dates from the sorter to a heavy-duty twin linear net weigher, mounted over an indexing conveyor.  Cartons are automatically erected and fitted with a plastic liner, to create a ‘bag-in-box’ which is fed onto the indexing conveyor.  After dumping the dates, the carton is automatically agitated to ensure a level fill, before passing to a manual station where an operator folds over the bag, as a complete seal is not desirable.  The conveyor leads to an automatic carton closer, after which the cartons are manually palletised.  The system is designed to produce 10 x 5kg cartons per minute – around 3 tonnes per h our.  The system is scheduled to be operational in time for the 2016 date harvest season.