A Brief History of Webster Griffin Ltd

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A Brief History Of Webster Griffin

In 1933 Darnley Taylor - later to become Webster Griffin Ltd - formed a company originally specialising in machinery for crushed rock products, in turn leading to the company concentrating on impellor packing machines for valves sacks.

Henry Pynegar, who was employed as chief designer had a wide range of experience in mechanical handling (As automation was then known) and was also editor of the 'Mechanical Handling Magazine' - subsequently writing a text book on the subject many years later.

L D Parker started working for Darnley Taylor in 1948; he was previously the well known ex-head of Vickers Cement Machinery Division. He became a consulting engineer and also a Director of the company due to his experience and understanding of the business, his involvement was an accolade to any project.

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In 1952 Philip Wilson joined the company; he was a grammar school boy who joined the prestigious areo-engine company, D Napier & Sons as an apprentice, followed by night school classes in engineering. This was followed by three years designing automatic glass bottle machinery.

In 1976, his eldest son, Mark Wilson joined Webster Griffin. After an initial 2 year period he went to work in Germany at Greif Werk, a leading manufacturer of sack packing. He then attended university obtaining an honours degree in business management.

He has always had a strong marketing ability and a great knowledge of the business field in which Webster Griffin operate. He has a grasp of future markets and trends which keeps Webster Griffin at the forefront of packaging machinery design and engineering.

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Two years later in 1978 Philip Wilson's younger son, Mathew Wilson joined the company after completing his training as an Engineering College and after gaining reputable experience working for a mechanical engineering company.

 

He has designed, engineered and also commissioned complete packing lines and plant designs during his career. By feeling the product with his hands he is able to tell you the type of machine required and also the output.

This combined with strong commercial disciplines and appreciation, works extremely well with Mark's marketing strategies. Together, the two brothers epitomise team synergy working to the gain of Webster Griffin.

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Up until 1952 the company specialised in Impellor packing machines exclusively. With the involvement of new blood Webster Griffin developed the Grooved Wheel Packer, Screw packer, High Drop Packers, and the popular Universal Air Packer. These machines combined with mechanical handling resulted in complete packing systems over the following 38 years. With Mark and Mathew at the helm of the business, Webster Griffin expanded it's activities to incorporated Big Bag filling, weighing, automatic and robot palletising, shrink hooding and stretch wrapping.

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The first complete plant was supplied for a 240 tonne/ per hour cement packing plant for Doraud Cement, Iran. This was soon followed by Eastwood Cement, TEMA Cement, Ghana, and United provinces, India. Webster Griffin gradually developed towards designing Turn-Key Systems and also packing chemicals, plastics, fertilisers, pet food and human food stuffs.

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The largest job to date has been a complete installation in Poland to the value today of £12 Million ($22 million).

Since 1952 we have exported to over 55 countries.

The last 15 years Webster Griffin has seen a dynamic growth in the companies' activities due to the combined skills of Mark and Mathew Wilson. Between them they clocked up a total of 55 years in the business, and including Philip Wilson, who retired in 1990, the total family involvement to date amounts in 93 man years.

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In 2005 we not only celebrate moving into our purpose built factory, but also the 30 year anniversary of Webster Griffin Ltd - the company packed with know-how.

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, rums 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.

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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’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.

Webster Griffin Donate Dog Food To Local Dog Rescue Charity

Webster Griffin Donate Dog Food To Local Dog Rescue Charity

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During an Installation with Inspired Pet Nutrition (IPN). We were supplied with sacks of dog food for testing. Wagg Foods were unable to take the product back into their supply chain so we decided to give it to the people who need it more!

We contacted a local charity - Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, who were delighted to get the call and sent one of their drivers to come and collect the dog food from us.

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Packed With Know How | Looking Back 10 Years

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Founded in 1975, Webster Griffin has established itself as a renowned supplier of machinery and robotics to the packaging industry. In this article, we turn back the time to contemplate the various technological advances Webster Griffin have made in the packaging industry.

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AGV’s Help Make More ‘Dough’ For Unibake.

AGV’s Help Make More ‘Dough’ For Unibake.


International Bakery Supplier Automates Production With AGVs.


 

International Bakery Supplier Automates Production With AGVs.

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Production With AGVs.

The Danish company Lantmännen Unibake has instantaneously streamlined its production process after implementing an AGV solution. The company’s trialling period of using the driverless forklift truck means that the bread producer can be confident in knowing our AGVs can deliver consistent results on a daily basis.

Lantmännen Unibake were looking for a way to automate repetitive processes around the factory whilst reducing labour costs to consequently save money and streamline it’s production area.

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The company had been unable to find the right solution until the Plant Manager - Søren Kristensen, was presented with our proposal: “We had seen many solutions over the past few years, but never such a simple solution as this, which we’ve now decided on. And it is definitely preferable in a production process like ours.”

Lantmännen heard about our demo-concept, which enables companies to try out one of our Self-Driving Forklift Trucks over a three-month period to see the various ways it can help streamline your business. According to Søren Kristensen, this valuable concept gave them the confidence to try out our AGV solution in its own production environment to clarify whether it would meet their needs before purchasing. The Plant Manager says that Implementing the AGV was an easy process. “AGVs are very easy to install and set in motion, which is very advantageous for us".

To Find Out More About How Our AGVs Can Help Automate Your Business.

Webster Griffin’s Packing Solutions For Fish Feed

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We are based in Crowborough in East Sussex, and have been manufacturing equipment for packing fish feed and Salmon food into all types of bags for over 20 years. If you think that our packing solutions could benefit your business, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us, we would be happy to help.