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Webster Griffin Feature In Grain Handling Systems Edition Of Dry Cargo Magazine

Products That You Can Store In FIBC Bags

FIBC bags (also known as jumbo, bulk or big bags or super sacks) describe any industrial container made of flexible fabric. They’re usually made from woven plastic fibres like polypropylene or PVC.

When it comes to filling them, they can store agricultural products like flour or grains; animal feed and pet food; chemical powders; construction products like sand and cement; dry foods like sugar and nuts as well as mining products like coal and ore.

What To Consider Before Selecting A Machine

Before you make your final selection, you’ll need to know what kind of FIBC bag you’ll be dealing with. This includes details on its dimensions, weight and height. You’ll also need to consider your pallet size, transport method and your customer needs.

If you aren’t sure which one would best suit your business, you should work with an expert in pairing the right machines with businesses based on their budget, capacity and requirements.

Webster Griffin has the experience to help guide your decision, so why not get in touch with us for advice?

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Webster Griffin’s Complete System Refurbishment

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Revive Your Packing Line, Refurbishments Extend The Lifespan Of Your System/Machine For Many Years

After many years of service, some of the electrical and pneumatic components can become obsolete over time. Rather than struggling to source these parts from a third-party supplier or repair obsolete parts yourself. We offer a complete hassle-free refurbishment service which extends the lifespan of your bagging machine for many more years.

You can save money by just replacing components such as control panels, mechanical parts, air cylinders, etc, instead of purchasing a new bagging system. This has saved our customers thousands, we believe it’s a worthy investment for any manufacturer that wants to keep costs down and bring their system up to the current standards.

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We Also Update Your Pneumatic Control Panels to The Latest Technology


 

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Less Buttons, More Minimalism. The New Control System Integrates The Weigher Within The Panel & An Intuitive PLC Touch Screen For Ease Of Usage


 

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You May Be Wondering What Happens During A Refurb?

The bagging machine usually requires little to no modification. First, we take out the existing control systems, we then replace these with modern contemporary components. In a refurbishment you will get a new weighing system, control panel and pneumatic panel.

The system will run more efficiently because internally it has the latest parts and technology. Some of our customers have also reported an improvement in performance.

Why You Should Consider A Refurbishment

By updating the control systems, you can extend the lifespan of you bagging machine. We upgrade your software and hardware so it performs like a brand new system again, who doesn’t want that?

Webster Griffin has decades of experience in working with a diverse range of clients and projects. We know that every project has its own unique problems and rewards.

This gives us a holistic view of your business. We use this view to provide you with a packaging solution which delivers the performance you want today, and that you can grow with tomorrow.

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Webster Griffin Ships Out Latest Palletizing System To LKAB Minerals

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LKAB Decide To Upgrade Their Manufacturing Process With Webster Griffin's Duplex Palletising System.

LKAB is a Swedish high-tech mining and mineral group that mines and processes local iron ore for sale to its subsantial European market and beyond.

When faced with growing demands for their high grade Calcium Carbonate “Ultracarb” product, LKAB contracted Webster Griffin to install a high speed robot palletising system which would give them precision palletising and double their productivity.

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LKAB Minerals commissioned Webster Griffin for the Installation of a AI700 Okura palletising Robot with reversing conveyors. The palletiser will be receiving 25 kg sacks from two existing bagging machines and automatically stacking them onto the two pallets which are then conveyed into the packing position and then away for distribution and the end consumer. The operator can create new stacking programs, edit existing stacking programs and modify the stacking patterns directly from the touch screen of the full colour 9” HMI control Panel.

LKAB Minerals now have access to a fully automatic duplex palletising system allowing for increased throughput and reduced labour requirements for the production line. The Hi-Tech state of the art system ensures neat and square pallets that are suitable for transportation globally.

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World Class Fish Feed – Packed By Webster Griffin

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New High Speed Robot Bag Palletising System For BioMar

Webster Griffin have supplied over 262 systems for filling all types of chemicals, plastics, minerals, fertiliser, feeds, food ingredients and sugar into big bags and super sacks.

Several Years ago BioMar contacted Webster Griffin in search of a new bagging line to fill 500 to 1250kg bags of pelleted fish feed at their factory at Grangemouth Scotland.

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Having analysed Wagg Foods requirements, Webster Griffin Provided The Following Solution:

  • Robot palletising system, model Ai1800 with conveyors.
  • Bag hand - manually adjustable for different sized bags, including bag top clamps and independently operating side plates which guide the bag as it is placed onto the pallet. With our design the bag is held securely on four sides while it is moved from the pick-up conveyor to the pallet.
  • High mechanical fence guarding for the robot palletising system including three interlocked access doors. We are also utilizing the wall of the building.
  • Automatic empty pallet magazine.  Designed to handle 4-way entry pallets. Our pallet magazine is easily adjusted for different pallet widths.
  • One main control panel for the robot system the above, including controls for all belt conveyors.
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Precision High Speed Palletising

This year they have also requested a new high speed Robot palletising system to compliment and work synergistically with their exsisting packaging equipment.

Whilst also providing more labour savings, increased productivity, and enhanced automation to their end of line packaging solution.

Webster Griffin has extensive experience supplying bagging machinery for packing salmon and commercial fish feed to various clients located in Scotland, Ecuador, Chile.

The Robot Palletiser would be handling 20 & 25 kg bags containing pelleted fish feed arriving from Biomar’s existing FFS bagging machine and bag conveyors. Webster Griffin expect the output to reach speeds of up to 1100 bags/hr (27.5 tph).

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A Brief History of Webster Griffin Ltd

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A Brief History Of Webster Griffin

Early Beginnings 

Before Webster Griffin, there was Darnley Taylor. This historical business was founded in and provided customers with manually operated packers for filling valve paper sacks with cement, lime, gypsum and stone dust. Six years later, Darnley Taylor became one of the first businesses to offer high-speed cement packing machines and Impellor packing machines for valve sacks and crushed rock products.

Instrumental to the business’s success was Chief Designer Henry Pynegar, who brought with him automation experience and machine handling expertise. Consulting Engineer and Director L.D Parker was another key team member who brought with him experience as Head of Vickers Cement Machinery Division — giving him a keen understanding of the business.

Up until 1952 Darney Taylor exclusively specialised in Impellor packing machines. They soon developed the Grooved Wheel Packer, Screw Packer, High Drop Packers, and the popular Universal Air Packer. These machines combined with their mechanical handling expertise laid the foundation for Webster Griffin to offer complete packing systems over the next 38 years.

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In 1952 Phillip Wilson completed a mechanical automation apprenticeship with prestigious aero-engineering company D.Napier and Sons as well as Darnley Taylor. He also completed night school classes in engineering, followed by three years designing automatic glass bottle machinery. He walked away from these experiences with the desire to open his own business, officially known as Webster Griffin.

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Webster Griffin Opens Its Doors

Only a year after opening their doors, Webster Griffin executed a major project — installing an Impellor Packer machine for international clay producer Watts Blake Bearne. The machine helped the client fill china clay powder into valve kraft paper sacks. In the same year, Phillip Wilson’s eldest son Mark Wilson joined the business. He brought with him business savvy, thanks to his Honours Degree in Business Management and two years of experience working with leading German sack packing manufacturer Greif Werk. The business benefited from his strong marketing skills and in depth knowledge of Webster Griffin’s business fields. He also grasped future markets and trends, helping to keep Webster Griffin at the forefront of packaging machinery design and engineering.

Two years after commencing operations, Webster Griffin took on one of its biggest projects to date — the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a PVC packing plant in Poland for English client Polibur Engineering Manchester, an equipment manufacturer. The installation helped them package suspension PVC polymer products into 25 kg sacks at a rate of 84 tons an hour.

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Another two years later, Webster Griffin became the dedicated supplier and installer of the Impellor Packer and Universal Air Packer. The Impellor was a high-speed automatic valve bag packing machine that excelled at packing fine powder products into bags while the Universal handled a wider range of products, including those that in the past had been difficult or impossible to package.

In 1979, Webster Griffin’s dramatic growth prompted them to move from their original premises in Cranbrook in Kent to larger space in Dudley House in Tunbridge Wells.

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Webster Griffin Becomes A True Family Business

A year after the move, another son of Philip Wilson — Mathew Wilson — joined Webster Griffin after completing engineering training. Mathew designs, engineers and commissions complete machines and plant designs. By feeling the product with his hands he can tell you what machine you need and the output it can provide. The brothers epitomised team synergy and with both brothers at the helm, Webster Griffin incorporated Big Bag filling, weighing, automatic and robot palletising, shrink hooding and stretch wrapping into the business. It demonstrated to clients that Webster Griffin was dedicated to developing tomorrow’s machinery and system advancements.

In addition to bringing with him engineering expertise, Matthew helped to cement Webster Griffin’s reputation as being a multi-generational family business capable of maintaining client relationships across decades. To date, Mark and Matthew have clocked up over 85 years in the business so far. While Phillip retired in 1990, his experience brings the family’s collective involvement in Webster Griffin to well over a century.

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Two Decades Of Project Installations

Over the next few years, Webster Griffin executed many major projects, including a 240 tonne per hour cement packing system for Doraud Cement, Iran.

This was followed by similar undertakings for TEMA Cement Ghana and United Provinces in India. Webster Griffin gradually started designing and offering Turn Key Systems for packing chemicals, plastics, fertilisers, pet food and human food stuffs.

Other key eighties projects included the installation of a complete bagging line for synthetic resin product manufacturer Bakelite UK and the installation of a high-speed valve sack granulated sugar packing machine for Tate & Lyle Sugar London.

Webster Griffin would return to Tate & Lyle in 1996 to install a high-speed 40 bags per hour big bag filling system in the same location.

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In 1991, Webster Griffin delivered and installed a mobile containerised bagging system for NPK fertiliser in Belarus. One year later they returned to Russia to install three railway wagon loaders for a fertiliser complex. Mark Wilson visited 20 fertiliser and chemical plants in Russia, Lithuania, Siberia and Turkmenistan. This visit was covered by Fertiliser International magazine. In the same year, Webster Griffin won the prestigious Kent Exporter of the Year award and developed the IBC PF series of Big Bag weigh fill machines, delivering it to the ICI to help them package synthetic rubber pastilles.

The nineties saw Webster Griffin installing a Cempack containerised cement packing station in Nigeria and a Big Bag Filling system for Quaker Oats in London — the first of 3 for Quaker Pepsico. They also installed a valve sack carbon packing machine for Colombian Carbon/ Sevalco UK and a high speed PET chip bagging line for Plasti Pack in Italy. Their final project for the decade saw Webster Griffin undertake their first export — a new bag packing and palletising machinery line for Tianjin Dolphin Carbon Black, a Chinese carbon manufacturer.

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Stepping Into The Future Of Packing & Palletisation 

In 2001, Japanese company Okura Yusoki Co appointed Webster Griffin as the official distributor of Okura palletising Robots with the aim of integrating it into 90 bagging systems by June 2020. In the same year, Webster Griffin sold its first Okura robot palletising system to Dairy Crest. The system came equipped with a modular design, touch screen driven control as well as spares and accessories. 

In the years that followed, Webster Griffin continued to offer clients Turn Key Solutions. This included a factory tested bagging scales for GE Plastics China in 2002. Webster Griffin also debuted a FFS Velocity Form Fill Seal bagging machine for high speed packing of aggregates, minerals, chemicals, animal feed and composts at the UK‘s PPMA Exhibition in 2004 and a IBC-PF4 patented 'semi-suspension' Big Bag filling machine at the same convention a year later.

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Webster Griffin’s Most Important Milestones 

In 2005 Webster Griffin celebrated its 30 year anniversary by moving to a new purpose-built factory in Crowborough, UK. To date, we have also:

  • Exported our packaging solutions to over 55 countries worldwide
  • Installed and serviced over 80 Okura robots worldwide
  • Supplied and installed over 600 systems worldwide
  • Installed over 80 PET chip systems worldwide

As Webster Griffin looks to the future, we hope to continue to design and build to order adaptable customised packaging systems that help businesses expand or diversify their operations at every level. Whether our client is a tiny startup or massive conglomeration, we will continue to approach every commission with detailed investigations into the client’s premises, products, machinery, resources and process. We will also continue to help customers improve their production strategies by providing them with spare parts and after-sales service remotely and also in person.

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Celebrating 21 Years Distributing & Integrating Okura Palletising Robots

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Celebrating 21 Years Distributing & Integrating Okura Palletising Robots

We are delighted to acknowledge being a UK distributor of Okura Robot palletisers/de-palletisers for sacks, bags, boxes, cartons, drums and shrink-wrapped packs for over 21 years.

The highly accurate, fully automated systems have a maximum capacity of 4500 programming lines catering to any palletising needs. The highly efficient robots are capable of a maximum payload of up to 140kg with a throughput up to 2000 cycles per hour.

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Diamond Accuracy of Webster Griffin’s Net Weighers Minimises ‘Give Away‘ for Major UK Pet Food Producer

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Diamond Accuracy of Webster Griffin’s Net Weighers Minimises ‘Give Away‘ for Major UK Pet Food Producer 

Who Are Wagg Foods?

IPN launched their first official dog food range in 1985. They are a family owned business based in Yorkshire that produces high quality pet food using high quality ingredients making it great value for money. Wagg Foods a subsidiary of IPN, caters for smaller pets with a range of pet food suitable for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Gerbils and Mice.

Net weighing is especially important for pet food manufacturers that produce mass quantities of animal food per day. If the weight accuracy is even slightly off, they will lose thousands of pounds in 'product give away' every year.

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Why Did They Require An Additional Net Weigher From Webster Griffin?

Wagg Foods a subsidiary of IPN (Inspired Pet Nutrition) moved from Topcliff to their current plant in Dalton, where they took the opportunity to upgrade their net weigher for their automatic Bag and Sack filling machine for bags weighing 15 - 17 kg. The market demand for smaller bagged pet food increased significantly meaning they needed to purchase an additional net weigher to improve throughput levels.

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Why Should You Care About Product Giveaway?

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 antagonise loyal customers. High accuracy will also help reduce product giveaway. This loss can be hard to visualise when dealing with powdered or even granular products but over time even minor amounts can add up in value.

Suppliers require their net weighing to be accurate so their ‘product giveaway’ isn't too much or too little. Customers get irritated when they are short changed and given too little product and suppliers get angry when they give too much away because they’re essentially losing money.

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The Weights and Measures Regulations 2006.

Accuracy is also very important by law under the Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006. ‘The average quantity system’ covers packaged goods that are sold by weight or volume and applies to both foodstuffs & non-foodstuffs for sale.

The regulations are in place to control the average quantity of batches of packaged goods. This applies to packages that are made up without the customer being present, and intended for sale in predetermined constant quantities, by weight or volume. The primary rule to adhere to here is that the ‘tolerable negative error’ must be no more than 2.5% and no package can be underweight by more than twice the TNE.

The Phenomenal Accuracy Of Webster Griffin's New Series Of Scales.

  • Next generation ‘ WEITRONIK 5 Touchscreen’  weighing controller with ultra Hi-speed microprocessor and statistical ‘feedback’ analysis.
  • ‘Dual channel’ bulk product dosing conveyors, with servo motor control of feeding gates to allow for variations in product’s flow characteristics.
  • Trapezoid construction of weigh pan ensures 100% material discharge.

Management data now available from all Webster Griffin weigh scales: Logging of all weighment & statistical data by CSV from ‘WEITRONIK 5 Touchscreen’ to clients network by ethernet TCP/IP.

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Accuracy Provided By Webster Griffin –
Even When Handling Sticky ‘Moist Meaty Chunks‘

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Modulo Auto Bagger For Resealable Pouches

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Modulo Auto Bagger For Resealable Pouches


 

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Webster Griffin have added the Modulo Auto Bagger for Re-sealable Pouches to our range of Bag and Sack filling machines. It is a fully automatic machine with high speed operation making it ideal for short, special batch runs.

The newly built dosing packing line for resealable pouches allows the easy processing of various pouches and a great variety of sizes: from 5 - 20kg, allowing for maximum versitility of use and high production runs.

Although the large carbon steel structure is aesthetically pleasing, it is also very robust and stable. It has a single bag peeling system, with continious rotation and complete centering device. The bag translation system can be moved to speed up production considerably, and the system has few moving parts to allow for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Our philosophy is to provide innovative solutions based on proven technology, developed by our team of in-house experts and network of partners. We work alongside our clients and guide them in customising a complete system built for their working environment and achieving their performance deliverables.

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Modulo Bagger For Pet Food & Powder

Modulo Auto bagger the ‘Master of Flexibility’

Modulo Bagger For Pet Foods & Powders

Webster Griffin have added the Modulo Auto Bagger to our range of Bag and Sack filling machines. It is a fully automatic machine with high speed operation making it ideal for short, special batch runs.

It has been built to meet the specific requirements of the pet food industry, for example the Modulo Bagger makes it ’quick & easy’ to switch from one bag format to another and it has been designed with fewer moving parts for a hygienic and clean operating experience.

The machine is highly flexible so that it can keep up which current market trends in packaging design, size and shape within the pet food sector.

Webster Griffin have added the Modulo Auto Bagger to our range of Bag and Sack filling machines. It is a fully automatic machine with high speed operation making it ideal for short, special batch runs. It has been built to meet the specific requirements of the pet food industry, for example the Modulo Bagger makes it ’quick & easy’ to switch from one bag format to another and it has been designed with fewer moving parts for a hygienic and clean operating experience. The machine is highly flexible so that it can keep up which current market trends in packaging design, size and shape within the pet food sector.

Webster Griffin have added the Modulo Auto Bagger to our range of Bag and Sack filling machines. It is a fully automatic machine with high speed operation making it ideal for short, special batch runs. It has been built to meet the specific requirements of the pet food industry, for example the Modulo Bagger makes it ’quick & easy’ to switch from one bag format to another and it has been designed with fewer moving parts for a hygienic and clean operating experience. The machine is highly flexible so that it can keep up which current market trends in packaging design, size and shape within the pet food sector.

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Webster Griffin’s Demo AGV Arrives In Brooklands Park

Webster Griffin's Demo AGV Arrives On-Site

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Webster Griffin take stock of their first Demo AGV so that custumers can see just how easy they are to implement and operate in your factory.

Driverless pallet trucks are self-sufficient and suitable for performing a multitude of complex repetitive tasks, like connecting production lines with your warehouse, cold store, loading bay and ideal for collating and marshaling pallets for quarantine or dispatch.

Our AGVs link your factory together – but cost less to operate than your existing manually driven fork trucks. An AGV solution from Webster Griffin can be operational within 5-6 weeks.

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