McQueen’s Dairies installs new shrink wrapping machine
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A high-speed dairy shrink wrapping line has been installed at McQueens Dairies’ new high capacity plant in Glasgow by Yorkshire Packaging Systems (YPS), a leader in flexible wrapping solutions.
McQueens Dairies is a third generation family firm with a heritage stretching back 25 years. Its doorstep milk delivery service is available across the UK in homes and offices, renowned for its freshness and taste, exceptional quality, flexible delivery schedules and convenient payment methods. Its innovative approach to a traditional milkman service has worked so well for McQueens that it has expanded its range to include fresh orange juice and egg deliveries.
The firm has reportedly witnessed impressive growth in recent years, with new depots opening across Scotland and England. Its latest development, the opening of a brand new dairy production and bottling plant just south of Glasgow, required a shrink wrapping system to package collations of pints and litre bottles of milk at high speeds. McQueens Dairies sought the expertise of YPS which has more than 40 years specialist experience supplying equipment to the dairy industry.
YPS supplied an SS180/S milk machine, the highest capacity unit in its range, which was delivered and installed in July. Syncing seamlessly with a high-speed filling machine and dual conveyor system via a specially designed crossover section, the wrapper easily matched the 180 bottles per minute speed requirements of the line. The twin-lane infeed processes twice as much milk as a standard machine, and servo-driven controls were integrated for a fast and yet stable pusher movement to direct collations into the sealer. Finished with full stainless steel bodywork and housing IP-65 rated low voltage electrics, the SS180/S is completely safe and reliable for use in the dairy environment. Furthermore, the machine also allows for quick changeovers between pack sizes so that McQueen’s’ entire product range can be accommodated.
New pastures are now in sight for McQueens following a large increase in capacity since the shrink wrapping line was installed, allowing for the continued success of the business as it expands across the UK. With a four visit service contract and extended warranty included with the equipment, the family dairy can have complete confidence in the long-term performance of the production.
Mark McQuade, operations director of McQueens Dairies, said: “I am delighted with our new milk machine, it truly earns its keep in our new state-of-the-art plant. It has increased our output significantly so that we can satisfy more customers across more parts of the country. YPS was professional throughout and stood out from the competition.”
Glyn Johnson, YPS MD, continued: “It was a pleasure to work with McQueen’s Dairies on this project and I’m thrilled that we could deliver a solution that integrated so smoothly with its extensive production line.”