Celebrating the first Factory Acceptance Test, from left to right: Ryan Schumacher, East Coast Sales Manager, SOMIC Packaging; Jason Unanue, Project Manager and Engineering Director Disney Arrubla, GOYA Foods; Peter Fox, SOMIC Packaging CEO; Lukas, Installation Manager, SOMIC Ruhland; and Benedikt Englbrechtinger, Manufacturing Upgrade Manager at SOMIC.
The company announced today that it recently made history at SOMIC Packaging, Inc. in Eagan, Minnesota, where company representatives conducted the first factory acceptance testing of a retail packaging machine in North America.This process verifies that the equipment is ready to be installed on the customer’s property and ensures a smooth transition to just-in-time production capacity.Previously, SOMIC only conducted such tests in Germany.
Officials from GOYA Foods were present to witness the testing process.The largest Hispanic food company in the United States is deploying the SOMIC 424 T2+ case packaging system, designed to meet wrap-around case packaging needs in stand-up pouches and cartons.The machine will be installed at GOYA’s manufacturing facility in Seacaucus, NJ, and is expected to come online in July.
“The SOMIC team handled the entire process of purchasing this machine in a timely and professional manner. They followed every date as promised and in an organized manner,” explains Disney Arrubla, Director of Engineering at GOYA Foods.
The one-day test program includes early testing involving mechanical and electrical components, dry cycle runs and a pair of format conversions.The afternoon was reserved for two more specific cases of packaging format changes and final test runs of packaged products.
“The most impressive parts of this machine are the compact design and simple, tool-less changeover,” said Jason Unanue, Project Manager at GOYA.”Each replacement part is adjusted using quick disconnects and thumbscrews, which makes the process of changing formats very easy and painless. In return, it eliminates a lot of production downtime. Conversion instructions, as well as providing and organizing The conversion of the parts car also makes the process easier.”
“This is a special day for all of us,” said Peter Fox, CEO of SOMIC Packaging.“Our teams of American and German technicians are working together as we have a full schedule for factory acceptance testing. The goal of one day making machines in the U.S. is being implemented and one step closer to reality.”
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Post time: May-20-2022