AAA Packers is an expanding fruit and vegetable packer, supplying the major supermarket chains. It also does fresh-produce contract packing.
Needing another weigh-labeller to cope with increased business, AAA installed a Bizerba GML-E 40 on advice from Matthews Australasia.
It’s a decision they haven’t thought twice about, says warehouse manager Jannelle Harris.
“Firstly, the speed is fabulous, and it’s non-stop; there’s no stopping to weigh, then label, it just goes straight through.
“One of the biggest things for me is it’s user-friendliness. It’s simple, so anyone can use it, but because it’s password protected, they can’t muck up any programming. So if someone’s pressed something and got it wrong, I can quickly fix it, I don’t need to get a tech here to fix the program.
“The other thing about that is because it is all touch-screen, it’s very easy to teach workers who don’t speak English how to use it. A lot of workers in the pre-pack industry have limited English, so that, along with the embossed diagram of how it works on the front of it, are really handy features — you just can’t go wrong. I don’t even need my glasses on to have a look at that.”
AAA Packers uses the weigh-labeller to print the vendor number and date onto labels on a variety of pre-packed fresh produce, and then either a per kilogram or individual price according to the product.
“For example, if it has to be check-weighed, like broccoli where consumers pay by weight, or if it’s a price per item such as lettuce. Matthews programmed all that into the Bizerba.” Labels are pre-printed with each supermarket’s art requirements.
Set up is also fast — and cost effective.
“You know that the label is set to go, because it will shoot out two labels when you set up, so you don’t waste any packaging. It’s a big cost if you have to run 20 or 30 labels on a line if they’re not printing properly. That’s just waste. This? No waste; so it saves money on packaging because of that, it’s fantastic.”
And, Jannelle says, while machine throughput is fast, printing on the labels is clear and easy to read, meaning no rejection by retailers.