Worldwide demand for food products like turkeys, hams, and chickens has remained steady but the supply of labor has decreased. Automation is the solution for filling the labor shortage. JBT Tipper Tie’s clipping and packaging systems offer an automated solution helping to keep production lines running in a world where processors have suffered from lack of labor.
Tipper Tie’s recently introduced TN3004 is a next generation automated packaging system ideal for traditional netted products like whole turkeys, and spiral-sliced hams but also for netting turkey breasts, bone-in or boneless hams, briskets, and even mortadella. The TN3004 will automatically net an overwrap or finished net onto a product with the minimum of operator intervention. More than that, the system will also weigh the product before printing its weight, price and barcode and automatically attaching the price tag as well as creating a handle.
“The nice thing about the TN3004 is the operator simply places the product onto a conveyor, it’s weighed, and then all of that information is printed out. The product is netted, a handle created, and a tag applied so everything is ready for sale in a grocery store,” explains JBT Tipper Tie’s Director of Product Management, Conrad Faust.
The greatness of the TN3004 is it carries out all these steps in a single process, says Faust. Enabling even more automation and flexibility, the system is available in left and right oriented versions, which not only means the TN3004 can be easily adapted to different layouts, but allows for the placing of two machines together for greater productivity under a sole operator.
Greater automation is a significant and increasing trend in the US and around the world driven by labor shortages and exacerbated by the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. “It’s very difficult for our customers to source and maintain labor, and the pandemic has aggravated these issues and concerns,” says Faust. “Automated solutions like the TN3004 can free-up labor to focus on more value-added tasks like improving your bottom dollar.”
However, Tipper Tie’s innovation doesn’t end there. Tipper Tie has also released their new RLW Rucker to further enhance the productivity of the TN3004. This makes refilling the netting on your TN3000 series chutes faster, safer, and more reliable. This is just another way in which JBT Tipper Tie is with you right down the line.
JBT Tipper Tie will be exhibiting at the Anuga 2022 in Cologne, Germany from April 26-29, and at IFFA 2022 in Frankfurt, Germany from May 14-19, 2022