The group, Léa Nature, which specialises in natural organic products, wished to supply its factory in Périgny (17) with an IMA infusion sachet packaging machine.
The Raw Materials
The infusions are packaged in 300 kg Big Bags.
The Implemented Procedure
In the context of putting into service an additional production line Léa Nature wished to equip itself with an innovative system for supplying infusions to a new IMA sachet packaging machine. "The supply to the other baggers takes place by pneumatic transfer", stated Olivier Pierre, Production Manager. "In spite of the presence of aspirators the dust accumulation from plant abrasion is significant."
The 5.5 m long Transitube guarantees that the raw materials are conveyed from the Big Bag emptying station in a closed circuit. "There is no dust generated on this line any more. We have improved operator working conditions whilst limiting technical disruptions to the equipment. So the pace can be taken up to 400 sachets a minute, the highest rate currently on the market."
Maintenance of the auger installed by Apia Technologie has proved to be very simple. Following a maximum forward push, rear emptying combined with quick release of the coil makes it possible to recover all the residual fines. "To provide complete disinfection the operator circulates an alcohol-impregnated wipe which he recovers upstream of the BFM cuff linking the Transitube to the IMA packaging machine."