The H stands for HYGIENE!

The Emmi Group in Switzerland fills grated cheese with the FMH 22.

Emmi – a global player with a long tradition

With around one billion kilograms of processed milk in 2019, the Emmi Group from Switzerland is without doubt one of the global players in the milk processing industry. The company, which is headquartered in Lucerne (Switzerland), currently generates around half of its sales at home and 50 per cent abroad worldwide. In 2019, the company’s turnover was CHF 3.45 billion. More than 6,400 employees work for the Emmi Group at a total of 21 locations – 13 of which are in Switzerland.
Emmi has been writing a success story for more than a hundred years. Originating from a dairy farmers’ cooperative in 1907, the company was able to maintain its position as a reliable dairy even in times of world wars, phases of economic downturn and increasing industrialization. Today, Emmi is the largest milk processor in Switzerland and has developed over the past 20 years from a medium-sized, regionally-oriented company into a successful international group.

The FMH 22 in Kirchberg

At the Kirchberg site in Switzerland, SN Maschinenbau has also been contributing to the Emmi Group’s success since 2019. A SN FMH 22 packaging machine is being used successfully for one of the three grated cheese lines due to the special hygienic requirements.
Over 23,000 tonnes of cheese are currently processed and packaged in Kirchberg every year. The fact that Emmi relies on the FMH 22 from SN Maschinenbau in Kirchberg is due not least to the high demands that Emmi places on a modern packaging plant. The aim was to be able to offer a new premium product range in high- quality stand-up pouches, replacing the resealable tubular pouches that were previously in use.
The machines of the “H family” are particularly impressive due to their open design. For example, the machine table in the pouch production section has been replaced by square stainless steel square struts turned by 45°. This primarily simplifies cleaning, as product residues can hardly deposit on surfaces and thus fall to the floor. In addition, this concept offers significantly improved accessibility for maintenance work.

SN Maschinenbau’s H-series clearly distinguishes itself from its competitors by its transparent and high-quality machine casing made of Makrolon. All functional areas are very well visible and easy to access. A special lighting concept allows the machine to light up in red, sector by sector in accordance with any faults that may occur. This makes it even easier for the machine operator to locate errors. Meaningful messages on the 19” operating panel are of course also standard on the new FMH 22. In addition, the redesign of the machine has resulted in a reduction of approx. 60% in the length of electrical cables. Increased service life of the machine components as well as the usual high machine availability provide a lasting contribution to reducing operating costs. Setup and format changeover times have also been reduced with the FMH 22 from SN Maschinenbau. This has been achieved by the numerous automatic format changeover features of the machine. The format parameters are loaded directly from setup database and relevant format parts are changed over automatically.

Emmi and SN – a successful collaboration

Knowledge of the dairy industry, many years of experience in the grated cheese sector and, last but not least, a convincing price/performance ratio in a highly competitive market environment were the crucial arguments for Emmi to decide for SN Maschinenbau. According to the Swiss company, SN was also the winner of the supplier evaluation and impressed the jury with its competent and customer-oriented support during the planning and implementation phase. SN is a flexible partner that has found unconventional and rapid solutions, particularly for special requirements. Examples of this are the gassing technology to reduce the residual oxygen in the bags, the merging of the bags, the application of fan-folders and the integration of a thermal transfer printer. The machine’s innovative hygienic design was especially convincing, as product quality and safety are Emmi’s top priorities. From the planning to the production phase, SN Maschinenbau was able to convince the jury with “perfect planning”, “qualified personnel resources”, “constant communication” and “great flexibility” – both on site and via the service hotline.
Thanks to the “proper planning”, there were no unforeseen disruptions whatsoever, according to Emmi.

Additional equipment: FMH 22 with auto-splicer for uninterrupted production.


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GRUNWALD’s customer magazine no. 46 / May 2020

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DAIRY – New packaging solutions

A disruptive approach is needed to address the modern demands of the dairy industry!
With class-leading machine concepts already setting the pace in other sectors, Cama is in an ideal position to help its dairy customers cope with increasing marketing creativity and growing sustainability targets

Like many sectors in the food and beverage industry, manufacturers of dairy and dairy free plant-based products are facing multiple business, consumer and operational challenges.

In addition to consumer-choice and marketing demands – which are dictating packaging sizes, formats, flavour mixes and serving concepts – the industry is facing global pressures, too, in terms of sustainability, especially regarding the use of primary and secondary packaging materials.

Added agility
These demands are placing an even greater emphasis on machine builders to deliver not only the agility required to address multiple consumer and market demands, but also the capabilities to handle paper and mono-material packaging formulations… for easier recycling.

“The phrase doing the rounds at the moment is ‘When grocery meets sustainability’,” explains Pierre Therville, Key Account Manager at Cama Group for the dairy industry. “The industry is being challenged to reduce packaging waste, especially single-use plastics and, as a result, is turning more and more to paper packaging and mono-material packaging, such as cup/label/lid combinations made from 100% PET. The challenge is, that the main players in this sector don’t want multiple fixed-cup-format machines, instead they are demanding end of line (EOL) solutions that deliver the capabilities to handle different shapes of cups and pack clusters, grouped in shelf-ready packaging (SRP).”

Cama has an existing pedigree in the dairy sector. Formed in 1981, much of the company’s first decade of operations was devoted to serving the needs of major dairy companies in Europe, where its customer list read like a “Who’s Who” of leading multinational brands. “In the early days, in yogurt and dessert, for secondary packaging, the business model was based on overwrapping machines rented from their carton suppliers, to pack the standard (and iconic) 63 x 63 ERCA thermoformed cups. Cama was one of the few manufacturers selling compact cardboard sleeving machines.

Taking the lead
“During this time and subsequently,” he continues, “we diversified into other industries, many of which had the same demands that the dairy industrial faces today, as a result, were able to take the lead in new ideas and concepts both in products handling and packaging design. We are now bringing these experience back into the dairy industry.

“The modern dairy industry needs the agility and flexibility to quickly address market variety,” he adds. “Manufacturers of dairy products need to have USPs and, as a result, often rely on packaging innovation to differentiate their products. This is why machine agility is so vitally important. Worldwide trends are seeing demands for premium products, in smaller, on-the-go and snack-sized portions.
This variety of primary and secondary packaging formats is compounded by the very urgent need to increase recyclability and reduce packaging waste.What is more, this secondary packaging needs to be shelf-ready in many cases.”

Industry pedigree
Cama is making huge strides to reclaim its dairy industry pedigree, bringing with it all the experience it has gained from other equally competitive and quality-driven markets. “Disruptive market demands can only be placated with disruptive technology,” Therville elaborates.

“Innovation and breakthrough solutions are part of the DNA within Cama – backed up by the fact that 5% of our yearly turnover is invested in R&D. In many of the markets we serve, we are seen as the face of innovation and there is no reason why this cannot also be true of dairy, which currently makes up 11% of our turnover, by industry.

“We already have many relevant solutions,” he continues, “based around similar primary and secondary packaging concepts and have developed state-of-the-art process and technologies to deal with sensitive products, including yogurts, cheeses and ice cream, wrapped in flow packs, bags, doypacks, FS and FFS cups, which we can then package using sleeves, top- or side-load cartons, wraparound, hinged-lid boxes, RSC, trays and case & display packs.”

The company’s capabilities and dairy market standing were cemented earlier this year with the delivery of eight EOL packaging solutions for different European dairy plants, all with common packaging format demands, including snacking, single serve and premium all within shelf-ready packaging.”

The new equipment caters for the new packaging paradigm, as it can handle different shaped and sized packages in multiple configurations, with or without overwrapping, in a variety of arrangements/ clusters and packaging designs. It can also cater for variety packs (flavour) without huge amounts of re-engineering between batches.

“We are especially proud to have been selected to develop a ‘CAMA breakthrough EOL Solution’ applied on preformed cups. What makes this application so special is that the customer is launching the very first yogurt cup made from 100% mono material,” Therville explains. “The cup, label and seal are all made from one material (PET), so this is a major breakthrough for the brand – from both a packaging and marketing perspective – and its future sustainability targets and market standing.

“This line has been designed to handle two different shapes of cups,” he adds, “with three types of pack configurations and designs without any significant adjustments or tool changes. Cama’s ultimate goal is to offer multi-purpose dairy EOL solutions for yogurt & dessert cups.”

For these end-of-line solutions, Cama deployed its ‘Breakthrough Generation’ (BTG) technology, which comprises modular, scalable frameworks that offer easy entry and access couple to a hygienic machine
design. Multiple design pointers such as no horizontal surfaces and electrical cabinets embedded on the corner of the frames are carry overs from other industries that are just as applicable to dairy.

From a quality perspective, the machine’s product-handling process is different to that from other competitors, in that it deploys Cama’s positive-transport principle, which has been developed and optimised over the past 20+ years, specifically for fragile, flexible products that cannot be accumulated. This approach makes it ideal for sensitive products, which, as Therville explains, “will help create new dairy industry expectations”.

“Product changeovers can be achieved very rapidly,” he continues, “which is not always a simple undertaking. By deploying Cama’s portfolio of RFID identifiable, quick-fastening devices – which offer configuration changeovers without adjustment – and multi-axis servo technology – which is easily modified using HMI commands – we have stripped out many of the inefficient mechanisms inherent in competitors’ systems, cutting downtime to an absolute minimum.”

Industry commitment
Cama’s commitment to the dairy industry is part of a larger company-wide programme which will see it evolve its products and capabilities to address multiple sectors. “Each sector will be served by its own vertical industry experts,” Therville explains, “but there will also be significant in-company cross pollination of ideas – from one industry to the others. This means that any breakthrough technology we develop can be shared across other sectors. Dairy is not unique in the challenges it is facing, but with solutions from other food and beverage sectors being just as applicable, we already have the technology and skill sets in place to address these demands, using technology that is ahead of the game in these other industries.”