Bühler and Premier Tech partnership delivers new packaging line

An industry partnership between Bühler and Canadian equipment business Premier Tech has delivered a new automated packaging system for granular product ranges, including confectionery series, reports Neill Barston.

Known as the CHRONOS OML-1060, the system has been created as the first of many joint solutions between the two companies, after they initially formed a joint strategy two years ago.

It has been developed to meet a common market demand for a flexible, high quality, accurate and yet cost-effective automatic bagging solutions.

With Bühler’s strong footprint and market position in China and Premier Tech’s recognised knowledge in the field of automated packaging technologies, the latest system has been created for the food sector, providing a high-end solution for Asian markets, among others.

Manufactured in Premier Tech and Bühler’s joint design and manufacturing centre in China, the quality of the solution remains unchanged. The most requested features have been incorporated and requirements of the emerging markets are met, without compromising accuracy or reliability.

As the first open-mouth bagger from the Premier Tech- Bühler alliance, the OML-1060 can easily handle free-flowing granular material such as animal feed, pet food, rice, seeds, and plastic pellets.

It can handle 20 to 50 kg bags at a speed of up to 600 bags per hour. It is a highly efficient system that has been designed to easily run any type of bag, including non-laminated poly woven that can be problematic to fill due to their irregular properties. It is also compatible with most common bag closing systems.

Its small and compact footprint optimises floorspace and its lean design eases operation and maintenance. Safety being a priority for both Bühler and Premier Tech, this fully enclosed automatic packaging technology requires very limited operator interaction, enabling better working conditions.

“It is amazing to see what can be achieved when two industry leaders join forces. Only eight months after starting our joint venture we are introducing to the world the most competitive fully automated packaging machine for granular products,” says Johannes Wick, CEO of Bühler’s Grains & Food business (main image).

He added: “As OML-1060 can handle all kinds of free-flowing granular material, this packaging solution could also be used for the confectionery industry. A joint solution from Premier Tech and Bühler on powdered products will be one of the next innovations to be presented by the two partners.”

Combining over 200 years of industry knowledge, Premier Tech and Bühler are bringing new opportunities to the markets in China, South East Asia, South America, and Africa with the OML-1060, ensuring accurate, safer, and more reliable packaging equipment.

“What is magical about this partnership for our customers is to benefit from Premier Tech’s technological know-how, Bühler’s operational know-how, and unparalleled customer support from two organisations with a global footprint,” says André Noreau, CEO of Premier Tech’s Systems and Automation business.

The CHRONOS OML-1060 (pictured above being demonstrated at this week’s Buhler Virtual World event), combines the knowledge of two world leaders in their field of expertise – leveraging the processing and packaging experience for the producers of granular food and feed products.

“Our customers will now have access to the best technologies from Premier Tech and Bühler, two pillars in the industrial world that remarkably complement each other,” says Alexis Michaud, Technical and Product Director, Premier Tech – Bühler.



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