Bosch helps Wibisco satisfy the increasing market demand for cookies with a new horizontal packaging system.
To the baking industry, Barbados is famous for the West India Biscuit Company Limited (Wibisco). Bosch Packaging Technology has helped Wibisco to grow its business over the past 30 years, providing reliable feeding and packaging equipment that has increased production output in a limited space, maximized efficiency and ensured high levels of cleanability.
Finding the recipe for future growth
To keep up with market demand, particularly for smaller sized packages, Wibisco needed a new packaging solution. “We were unable to process all products coming from the oven due to existing flow wrappers limiting the overall line speed,” explains Delroy M. Walsh, Operations Manager at Wibisco. “We had to stop the baking process and manually remove cookies from the line, risking higher wastage volume and increased production costs. Bosch was able to solve these issues by designing an integrated system consisting of vibratory channels, two magazine feeders for stacking and two Pack 201 horizontal flow wrappers for primary packaging.”
Clearing the path for success
Increasing the production output of the line was crucial, but the new system from Bosch offers further benefits. It ensures maximum flexibility and fast changeovers to adjust the format and count of products per package, so Wibisco can easily accommodate different types, formats and shapes of cookies on the same line. It is also equipped with a “fill-detection” sensor, which is activated when a potential jam occurs, stopping the whole system without manual intervention.
“The new system allows us to increase our production output for smaller-sized packs by over 100 percent, while offering robust performance under demanding 90F (32°C) conditions in our plant,” added Walsh: “Besides being able to rely on cutting edge technology, we are also very happy with the relationship with Bosch and enjoy having a strong partner at our side.” With the extended capacity of its production, Wibisco can now expand its capacity to win the hearts of global consumers.