A fast-response service from tray sealing specialist Proseal that enabled leading ready meal manufacturer Rowan Foods Ltd to maintain production has cemented the working relationship between the two companies.
From the installation of three Proseal PR30 machines in the late 1990s, which are still in operation to this day, Wrexham-based Rowan Foods Ltd now has an additional 23 Proseal tray sealers, comprising GT1, GT0 and GTR models, all delivering the speed, reliability and quality to support the company’s production of ready meals.
In particular, in recent years Rowan Foods turned to Proseal for a solution when the servos failed in seven older machines from a different supplier, which were no longer being supported and therefore were unable to function.
As well as designing its machines for long term durability and reliability Proseal is committed to supporting all its machines throughout their lifetimes. Importantly, as the company develops new features in line with changing customer and market requirements, these can also be retrofitted to models already in operation.
This has enabled Rowan Foods to incorporate some of the latest improvements into its older pre-owned models. Equally important, some of the company’s newest machines are hired rather than owned outright. This means Rowan Foods does not have to tie up large sums of capital or wait for expenditure approval while also having the advantage of servicing and maintenance costs taken care of. In addition, after two years, the company is able to exchange the tray sealers for brand new replacement machines featuring the latest technology.
In this way, Rowan Foods can remain at the forefront of new product development and adopt new packaging trends for its customers.
“We knew that Proseal’s machines were of the highest quality from the fact that some of our PR30 machines are still in operation in our factory after 20 years and if maintained and serviced annually will be for some time yet. They just keep on working with great reliability,” comments Rowan Foods’ Engineering Department.
Among the various technical advances in Proseal tray sealers, the company’s unique E-seal® technology ensures excellent seal reliability to meet the stringent quality requirements of the food sector. E-seal® provides an increased seal force of 600% while achieving a 92% reduction in energy usage and therefore also delivers valuable cost savings and sustainability benefits.
Another innovation, ProMotion, the company’s continuous motion tray infeed system, can increase the speed of a tray sealer by up to 30% through providing a smoother, more stable journey for products into the machine.