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4th May 2022

How Webster Griffin Helped Reliance Automate Their Throughput & Increase Productivity With Improved Big Bag Filling Lines

Reliance is an Indian conglomerate with a presence in the petroleum refining industry. They operate the world’s largest petroleum refinery, converting crude oil into fuel and petrochemicals. They convert these petrochemicals into polymers with different melt flows that are converted into Linear Low-density Polyethylene (LLDPE) and (LDPE) resins.

28th March 2022

Factors To Consider When Calculating Your Robot Palletiser’s ROI

Imagine if you could hire a skilled labourer for only 50p an hour, who’d be able to work 24/7 without taking a break or needing assistance. If this sounds appealing to you, you should consider investing in a robot palletiser. They can operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Though their speed might change depending on the output of the bagging machines and conveyors that are feeding it.

22nd March 2022

Why You Need To Automate and Speed Up Your Fish Feed Packaging system

The fish feed industry is an essential part of humanity's food supply chain and has been for centuries. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to produce the volumes of salmon, tilapia, shrimp etc, required to meet the planet’s demands. As wild marine fishing resources become more finite and controlled fish farming becomes more common, demand for fish feed will increase.

14th March 2022

What Industries Are Palletisers Used In?

As a business owner, you’re always looking for ways to make your operations more productive and cost effective. With technology advancing rapidly, investing in the right equipment can help you achieve these goals. You might have read about palletisers or seen them in action, but aren’t sure if they can meet the needs of your product and business.

1st March 2022

Webster Griffin’s FFS Machine Installation Increased Harringtons Pet Foods’ Productivity and Automated Their Throughput.

Harringtons Pet Food is a family operated business that manufactures a range of cat, dog and small animal food. They sell adult, puppy and senior dog wet and dry dog foods in sizes ranging from 150g - 15kg, including grain free and hypoallergenic options. They also produce dry and wet food for adult and senior cats in sizes ranging from 32g - 2kg and more..

21st Feb 2022

Packaging Machinery & Palletising Automation Trends To Look Out For In 2022

The beginning of the year is the best time for your business to re-evaluate its processes to keep them aligned with consumer behaviour changes and help you streamline your workflow. One area that changes are expected to take place in is product packaging and packaging machinery. Here are three major packaging trends worth looking out for.

15th Feb 2022

Revolutionise Your Business With A High Speed Automatic Sugar Packaging Solution

Millions of businesses across the globe rely on sugar for a range of applications. Affordable, widely consumed, it's a popular product and demand shows no signs of slowing down. Last year in 2020, the global sugar market reached a volume of 193.2 million tons despite Covid-19 causing economic fluctuations. It’s expected to exceed 202 million tons in volume by 2026.

25th Jan 2022

What Are The Disadvantages Of Using A Robot Palletiser?

Ideally, a single compact machine would be able to perform all your production tasks. While a machine like this could be created in the future, current models will perform certain tasks better than others. When combined in a production line, they’ll achieve a higher overall throughput rate than an ‘all in one’ packing machine.

10th Jan 2022

What's The Most Compact Robot Palletizing Cell Available?

Palletizing equipment has evolved to become almost foolproof and these models rarely fail on the job. However, introducing people to the equation changes matters. People sometimes make mistakes and it’s the responsibility of the business to do what it can to reduce the risk of accidents occurring.

4th Jan 2021

Webster Griffin Helps Krysteline Technologies Increase Their Packaging Capacity

krysteline Technologies is a UK based waste processor that collects and processes all shapes and sizes of glass. They use patented technology to repurpose 100% of the collected glass. Krysteline Technologies wanted to modernise their product packing line by reducing manual labour and automating the process. Here’s how Webster Griffin helped them. 

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20th Dec 2021

What Is The Typical Lifespan Of A Robot Palletiser?

If you’re investing in a machine like a robot palletiser, you should know its lifespan. This will tell you if the robot palletiser won't be able to keep up with high demand or if it will need frequent maintenance. When you can expect to replace or upgrade it. Here's what factors can impact a robot palletiser's lifespan and what you need to consider before purchasing one.

13th Dec 2021

How Webster Griffin Helped Derbyshire Aggregates With A High Speed FFS Bagging Solution

Derbyshire Aggregates has sourced and processed unusual and difficult materials for over 30 years. Over time, they've become an industry leader in exporting specialist aggregates. One of their offerings is decorative aggregates which are used to provide an attractive but hardy finish to high traffic areas like driveways, pathways, and ground surfaces.

30th Nov 2021

Why Invest In A Robot Palletiser? Here's 5 Key Benefits Of Robot Palletising.

If you want to switch from a conventional palletiser to a robotic one, you’ll need to provide your team with reasons why. Keep reading to explore the benefits that robot palletisers offer in detail. By better understanding exactly what it offers, you’ll be able to make an informed decision whether or not to invest in one.

23rd Nov 2021

Why Are Robots Superseding Conventional Palletising Machines?

Does your warehouse, factory or order fulfillment/distribution centre use conventional palletisers for your product packaging? If so, you might be considering switching to a robot palletiser. It’s flexible and offers significant space and maintenance savings — which could help streamline your operations and make it more profitable.

15th Nov 2021

What Solution Did Webster Griffin Install At Dubai Municipality's Jebel Ali Plant?

Webster Griffin were tasked with installing a bagging solution for Dubai Municipality. Due to the nature of the biosolids, the Form Fill Seal bagging machine needed a dust extraction/vapour control and filtration for clean and safe filling. And the biosolids were dried and shaped into pellets, the packaged products needed protection from the elements after being palletised.

8th Nov 2021

How Can AGVs Improve Intralogistics In My Factory?

As someone who oversees a warehouse or factory, you’ll know that time is often as valuable as money. Your logistics can streamline and improve your business’s processes and responsiveness. It can reduce or remove existing bottlenecks, and if you take advantage of the latest technologies, you can also ensure your business remains competitive in today’s market.

30th October 2021

When Are AGVs A Cost Effective Alternative To Operator Driven Fork Trucks?

When you need to move heavy loads without an operator, Automatic Guided Vehicles are a suitable choice. They offer all the benefits of an operator driven fork truck, but can operate without taking a break. They also perform certain repetitive functions more safely, freeing up your employees for other work.  So how can you determine when to make the switch to an AGV — and if you should make it at all?

25th October 2021

How Webster Griffin Helped Keppel Seghers Reach Their Fertilizer Production Targets

Webster Griffin won a contract to supply the plant with two automatic bag packing and palletising lines. It was our third project of its kind in the Middle East, following an installation at Saudi Arabia's Saudi Aramco Dhahran Sewage Treatment Works and one at Dubai's Jebel Ali Municipality sewage treatment works (under contractors Enpure and Al Ahmadiah Aktor).

5th October 2021

How Did Norman Emerson’s Form Fill Seal Bagging System Help Them Improve Productivity?

The Norman Emerson Group is a private family owned business that’s operated for over 75 years. They manufacture and sell sand and gravel for construction, industrial, equestrian, surface dressing and silica bunker purposes. The Group contacted Webster Griffin as they knew of our experience in working with other high profile companies in this sector.

27th September 2021

What Maintenance Problems Can Occur With Big Bag Filling Systems?

A Bulk Bag or FIBC filling system will save you time and increase your throughput dramatically. However, even the most well made machine needs maintenance. If executed correctly and timeously, it’s a small price to pay for enjoying a well-functioning system. Let's discuss what you should focus on to keep your system in tip-top shape.

21st September 2021

When Is A Mobile Big Bag Filling System Appropriate?

Your business needs a Big Bag or FIBC filling system. However, you’ve noticed that some suppliers let you choose a stationary system or a mobile one mounted on wheels or a subframe that a forklift can move around. If you aren’t sure which option would be best for your business, here are a few questions you can ask to make the answer more apparent.

16th September 2021

What Bagging Machine Solution Did Webster Griffin Provide For Blazer’s Fuels?

In 2015, the business ramped up production by investing in expanding their facilities and systems to meet increasing demand. They approached Webster Griffin for the installation of a superior Form Fill Seal (FFS) bagging line for their waste and energy products. Here’s how we helped them automate their production.

8th September 2021

How To Plan Ahead For A Packaging Machine Installation

Are you planning a FIBC or Big Bag filling machine installation? If so, it might seem like there’s never an ideal time to do it. With production operating 24/7 and urgent matters constantly demanding attention, you might feel like putting the installation off. With the right preparation, the process can go more smoothly than you think. 

6th September 2021

Is Dust Free Filling Of Big Bags Possible?

The prevention of dust emission during the bag filling process is achieved via controlled aspiration of internal feed pipe. The ‘dust vapour’ is removed from inside filling spout before the full bag is released from the bag filling station. Accelerated aspiration with variations in air flow velocity can provide different levels of suction during the bag weigh-fill-clean process.

3rd September 2021

Why Did Mansfield Sand Upgrade Their Packing Line?

Mansfield Sand’s bagging system wasn’t keeping up with their increased product demand by itself. It struggled to pack 25kg bags of sand in the time required. They wanted to add another system to work alongside the existing one. They could run either line or both concurrently, saving time and giving them a way to process old sack stocks.

26th August 2021

What’s The Typical Weight Accuracy When Filling Powders Into FIBCs?

No matter what type of powdered product you’re selling, you’re responsible for each package weighing what it’s supposed to weigh. Accurate weighing shows clients that you value the quality of their product and that they can trust you, while repeated inconsistency could alienate loyal customers. Accuracy will also help reduce product giveaway. 

23th August 2021

What Are The Disadvantages Of Big Bag Filling Systems?

While some factors might make a Big Bag filling system incompatible for your business, other issues can be worked around. Big Bag filling stations are versatile and have relatively few limitations in terms of what they can and can’t fill. They can fill dense and light materials and a range of particle sizes and temperatures. 

16th August 2021

When Should You Consider A Fully Automatic Big Bag Filling System?

You sell Big Bag products and are ready to upgrade your current filling system or get one for the first time. Apart from considering your budget, space constraints and desired throughput, you’ll need to consider your need for automation. Most Big Bag filling stations are fully or semi-automated. Here’s how to decide which one will be best for your business.

13th August 2021

What Is The Most Compact High Speed Bulk Bag Filling Machine Available?

If you’re a business manufacturing and packaging products in Big Bags, you’ll be wanting to resume full time production as soon as possible. To hit the ground running this quarter you may want to upgrade your Big Bag filling systems to a modern model that performs more functions, at a faster pace and that takes up less space. 

10th August 2021

What Solution Was Implemented At Bathgate Silica Sand?

Silica sand is a mixing and surfacing product that provides structure to everything from floors to roofing shingles. Bathgate Silica Sand has manufactured silica sand products for almost every industry imaginable. Apart from selling it for industrial and foundry purposes, they also sell it for horticultural and equestrian use, and to homes or schools needing play sand.

4th August 2021

When Are FIBC Bags Not Suitable?

FIBCs (FIBC Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container) are robust and affordable, they’re versatile enough to package most products. Before you choose them (or purchase the equipment needed to fill them), make sure that it’s going to suit your packaging needs. Here’s what you can and can’t store in different FIBC bags, so that you can decide if they’re suitable for your business.

26th July 2021

Why Are Fertiliser Products Shipped In Big Bags?

Here’s why these bags are suited to packaging fertiliser and what machinery can help you package stack and store them correctly. Using FIBC bags might be the best choice for storing fertiliser, but to prevent contamination and optimise its storage and preservation, you’ll also need the right machinery to fill your bags.

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13th July 2021

Why Did Bathgate Select Webster Griffin For The Installation Of A Turnkey System?

The UK horticultural industry contributes over £20 billion to the country’s GDP. Bathgate Horticulture has been distributing single pallets and full loads of bagged horticultural products to clients for over a century. Here’s how Webster Griffin helped them install a high throughput, total solution, complete bagging line.

6th July 2021

What Methods/Techniques Are Available For Filling Big Bags?

FIBC filling machinery fills bags based on a product’s volume or weight. Your product’s characteristics might make the choice obvious — for instance, if you’re selling a solid or liquid. It can also depend on if you’re selling to end users (like consumers) or selling raw materials to manufacturers. 

29th June 2021

What Materials Can Be Filled Into FIBC Big Bags?

When you think of sophisticated filling machinery, it's easy to assume that most only cater to small bag sizes. While many machines work with this size designation, it’s also possible to automate the processing of filling giant sacks or bags. Integrating the right machine into your operations can ramp up your output and help grow your business. Here’s what you need to know about Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (FIBC) bag filling machines.

22nd June 2021

How Webster Griffin Automated A Packing Line For EWOS

Labelling and packaging different sizes of products for shipping, transportation and palletization can be challenging without a production line that can keep up with demand. It’s here that products are protected and prepared for storage and tagged for tracking and identification down the line.

15th June 2021

An Insight Into Webster Griffin’s Installation For Inspired Pet Nutrition (IPN) Ltd.

When it comes to installing Form Fill Seal (FFS) packaging machines, our approach differs from client to client. Despite this, we approach each challenge with a similar mindset and process. To give you an idea of what you can expect when working with us, here’s how we planned and executed a FFS machine installation for a major UK-based pet food supplier.

9th June 2021

Is FFS Bagging A Simpler, More Cost-Effective Alternative To Valve Sack Filling?

In the past, manufacturers packaging high density, light or fine powdered products had to use a valve sack filling machine. While Form Fill Seal (FFS) packaging machines also existed at the time, early versions couldn’t package these kinds of products well. While this might have been true in the past, it no longer is. 

4th June 2021

Factors Should Businesses Look For When Investing In A FFS Machine Besides Cost & Speed.

When you’re considering buying a Form Fill Seal (FFS) packaging machine, it’s easy to focus exclusively on its primary benefits. Its throughput per hour and overall cost will be a major deciding factor for your business. However, these shouldn’t be the only elements you focus on if you want to get the most value from it in the long term.

1st June 2021

4 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Form Fill Seal Machine.

Form Fill Seal (FFS) packaging machines are popular as they are quick and efficient at packaging products. If you’ve already invested in one, your business will benefit — but not if you keep using it when it no longer meets your needs, requires fixing or modification. Here are 4 signs that your FFS packaging machine needs an upgrade or replacement.

25th May 2021

Is It Possible For An FFS Machine To Pack Cements & Fine Powders Into Plastic Bags?

Building, infrastructure and construction industries around the world rely on cement for its versatility and wide range of applications. If you sell cement products and are looking for a new packaging solution, you might be considering purchasing a Form Fill Seal (FFS) packaging machine. Before you do, here’s what you need to know about this machine’s capabilities.

17th May 2021

What Is The Future For The Form Fill Seal Packaging Industry?

Form Fill Seal (FFS) and Premade Pouch (PMP) packaging machines are popular options for businesses managing their own product packaging. But will these options remain competitive in tomorrow’s market? Or will one gradually replace the other? Here’s what you need to know about both.

10th May 2021

Why Are So Many Businesses Investing In Form Fill Seal Bag Packaging Machines?

As a business owner, you’ll know that the right or wrong product packaging can make or break a sale. In the past packaging only listed product ingredients and serving recommendations. Form Fill Seal packaging machines are more popular than ever, and offer a synthesis between the best of film and packaging machinery developments.

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6th May 2021

What Are The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Using A Form Fill Seal Bag Machine?

Packaging products for sales and delivery is an important step in getting your goods to customers in good condition. Thankfully, there are many packaging machines you can choose from to get the job done. Deciding which one best meets your needs involves more than considering what it will cost. 

22nd April 2021

What Factors Should I Consider When Buying A Form Fill Seal Bag Packing Machine?

Your business needs packaging equipment and has decided on a Form Fill Seal (FFS) machine. By now, you’ve established that it can help you package more products in fewer shifts and can cut costs. It’s also more affordable than using pre-made bags and suits what you’re trying to package. 

31st March 2021

Form Fill Seal or Pre-Made Bags— Which Is Best For My Business?

Product packaging is the final step of your business’s manufacturing process. Executed correctly, it will keep your product intact and preserve its quality as it makes its way to the customer. Pick the wrong processes or machinery and you could blow your budget and get set back days in time and labour.