TMI - bagging & palletizing

EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE! // COVID-19

August 11, 2020

From TMI we would like to inform you that we are closely following the evolution of the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19. Despite the scenario is changing day by day, our commitment is to operate safely and as normal to ensure a proper service.

From TMI we would like to inform you that we are closely following the evolution of the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19. Despite the scenario is changing day by day, our commitment is to operate safely and as normal to ensure a proper service.

For this reason, following the indications of the Spanish Government and with the aim of protecting the health and well-being of our workers, clients, suppliers and partners, we have established several preventive safety measures.

In TMI we will continue working to ensure the continuity of our services of production, customer attention and technical support that we provide daily. We will continue assisting you telematically, during the usual working hours, and our production staff will continue their tasks with the maximum hygiene and safety measures.

We also want to inform you that all our staff is doing well and that no cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected.

We are confident that we will soon be able to continue with our normal activity, and we will keep you informed of any changes.

In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us via email or telephone +34 973 25 70 98 and we will answer all your questions.

TMI team.


TMI’S LABORATORY: THE KEY TO DEFINE THE BEST TECHNICAL SOLUTION IN DOSING SYSTEMS

August 11, 2020

TMI is an innovating company with a great product knowledge that can supply customized solutions for each customer and product. One of the main goals of the company from its beginning has been the cooperation with the customer, not just as a mere supplier but as an advisor and a trusted ally.

TMI is an innovating company with a great product knowledge that can supply customized solutions for each customer and product. One of the main goals of the company from its beginning has been the cooperation with the customer, not just as a mere supplier but as an advisor and a trusted ally.

Keeping with this spirit, TMI has got involved once again in the turnaround of one of its clients: An important producer of dextrose for the food sector who decided to adapt a part of its plant to produce dextrose for pharma and cosmetic applications. 

These are industries requiring severe hygiene measures, which the bagging machinery must comply as well. Even so this manufacturer relied on the advice of TMI and together they met the challenge.  

The Challenge:

Glucose is a fine cohesive product which tends to lump and release powder. Previously, this client used a gross weighing system with gravity dosing which, besides releasing a big amount of powder all around, also tended to fluidise the product, hindering the accuracy in dosing and weighing. All in all, the dosing system needed an improvement in order to provide a clean environment and an accurate filling of the bags.

Furthermore, the configuration of the existing hopper caused an irregular flow: the slant of one of its sides lead to product dispersion so that thick particles settled first to the bottom of the hopper and falling then to the screw. Thus, the thinnest particles would stay in the upper part of the hopper preventing a homogeneous mixture of the final product.

Moreover, the weighing and dosing system was placed two floors above the bagging spout in a clean room environment with an external palletizing system. This was one of the critical factors when designing this equipment: the existing layout had to be kept, while fulfilling the strict hygiene measures that dealing with a pharma product requires.

The solution:

Both technical and empirical approaches to the project were decisive:  TMI counts on a laboratory able to simulate material segregation, thus typifying the product behaviour and preventing the critical points on the dosing.

The result was the current design of the weighing system, which fulfils following criteria:

  • Quick and easy cleaning process: A screw detaching system has been included into the supply, allowing to empty the screw at every end of cycle recovering the remaining product into a joint collection tray. Furthermore, this detaching function allows the hygiene process for the operators, who can easily access the area to be cleaned with this tool-free detachable unit.
  • Controlled dust-tight dosing: The bagging spout has been adapted with an optimized opening for better obturation. New aspiration and compression points have been strategically installed.
  • Avoiding product segregation before bagging: A specifically designed deflector has been installed, which modifies the final distribution of product in the reception hopper.
  • Perfect finish for the welding joints: continuous smooth welding has been set up by certified welders who documented the whole process.
  • Utmost guarantee on final product traceability and the GMP: All used materials have been certified, documented and produced under the pharma grade specifications. Likewise, in order to avoid infestations and contamination, all the components of the dosing part have been sterilized with safe products before entering the plant.
  • The whole system has been produced fulfilling the regulation of ATEX – Zone 20.

TMI LAUNCHES THE NEW ILERBAG HC: FFS BAGGING MACHINE WITH A CLEAN DESIGN

May 15, 2020

The experience and know-how that TMI has gained in the food industry, together with the previous experience of the customer, have led to developing a bagging machine that is highly accurate and efficient in the hygiene processes that are essential to food industry.

A technology company like TMI that develops solutions for so many different industries, will have to face from time to time a challenging project that, once taken, represents the opportunity for a quantum leap.

The experience and know-how that TMI has gained in the food industry, together with the previous experience of the customer, have led to developing a bagging machine that is highly accurate and efficient in the hygiene processes that are essential to food industry.

This was the challenge for TMI:

The customer needed a solution to bag an unstable hygroscopic product (sodium lactate) in 25kg bags for the food industry, which implied a strict washing routine. Additionally, the cost and market price of the product required a high dosing accuracy.

A crucial point was that powder release during bagging process had to be avoided at any costs and the structure had to be designed to prevent product accumulations.

The customer’s experience so far suggested that the continuous washing process needed to be improved in order to reduce the rusting, wearing and maintenance of the bagging equipment.

The customer had been bagging its product with HFFS system and wanted to continue using the same kind of technology. HFFS allows for a consumable standardisation while keeping the approved technical configuration of the bag, which protects the product from the air moisture.

The space for the machine had to be a small area, as the room to be placed needed to be completely climatized, thus saving climatization costs to the customer.

This is the solution by TMI:

Given this scenario, TMI has developed the ILERBAG HC: This special FFS bagging machine has been designed to be completely washable, tool-less operational, complying food-grade specifications and highly accurate and safe, while staying compact.

  • Completely washable: The ILERBAG HC is fully water-resistant, indeed it has been completely constructed in Stainless Steel, as it must be washed thoroughly every end of cycle. To this scope a special water collection system has been designed to fit the bagging spout and connected to the customer’s drainage system. This contributes to prevent an increase of humidity in the room that could harm the conditioning of the room and with it the product itself. Additionally, several entrance points for conditioned air have been foreseen to dry the entire machine before the bagging process.
  • Tool-less operation: The tool-less operation design of the dosing system guarantees accessibility and ease on the cleaning process. Its configuration with manual clamps allows the access all over the machine so that the operators can open each section easily by hand and clean it separately. Thus minimizing, on the one hand, the handling times and with it the cleaning changeover labour costs; and, on the other hand, the risk of dropping tools into the parts in contact with the product.
  • Food-Grade Compliance: The ILERBAG HC has been fully designed to provide 200 filled and sealed bags per hour keeping a clean working environment. Product leakage has been minimized, whereas a supplementary aspiration system has been installed to prevent any powder to pollute the environment, for even more hygiene. Diamond shape design was used for construction of all structure elements, in order to avoid product accumulation on the machine’s surfaces. Additionally, the ground support points have been reduced to a strictly minimum, which makes the machine base and surroundings much more accessible for cleaning. Finally, the wiring has been prepared to leave all connections outside of the cleanroom, where the control cabinets are placed.
  • Accurate and safe: Its dosing system consists on a Loss-weight scale with a vertical auger screw transport that assures the highest accuracy in the bagging process, while keeping the right output rhythm. A further benefit of this dosing system, in contrast to horizontal screw systems, is its small footprint. There is a double point metal detection system to ensure the safety of the bagged product.

The applications of ILERBAG HC

All these features make from ILERBAG HC a perfect machine to work in the food and the chemical industries where powdery products are produced. ILERBAG HC is suitable for those industries where a thorough cleaning and a dust-free environment are key for the proper operation of the plant. This compact solution is designed to suit small climatized or white rooms. Its tool-free configuration together with its high-accuracy contribute to increasing overall production efficiency in the bagging process, while saving a big amount of downtime implying a reduction of labour costs.

 THE BENEFITS:

  • Low Downtime: The opening and cleaning times are much faster thanks to its tool-free designs, reducing labour and saving significantly in cleaning costs alone.
  • + Hygiene: Cleaning and maintenance processes have been made easier and faster. The configuration of the machine provides for a roast-free washing and drying routine.
  • Dust-free environment: Air-tight joints throughout the dosing system together with aspirations avoid any product leaking, providing a clean environment.
  • Small footprint: Very compact solution suitable for the most challenging layout configurations.

 


TMI REMAINS COMMITTED TO INTERNATIONALISATION

January 10, 2020

Within the current global context where more and more business is generated in the packaging sector, TMI keeps working towards internationalisation during 2019 in order to achieve a wider global presence.

Within the current global context where more and more business is generated in the packaging sector, TMI keeps working towards internationalisation during 2019 in order to achieve a wider global presence. The promotion actions carried out during the year are a clear example of this endeavour.

In 2019 TMI has exhibited in several international trade shows, and there are still others to come during the last quarter of the year. Thus, directly or thanks to the cooperation of the different local partners, this year TMI has satisfactorily exhibited in:

PROPAK CAPE 2019 – This leading show on Packaging took place between the 12th and the 15th march in Cape Town, South Africa. TMI was represented in the event by our distributor in the whole Sub-Saharan Africa: USS PACTECH.

AUSPACK 2019 – This packaging trade Show to watch out in Oceania was held from the 25th to the 26th March in Melbourne. Thanks to our local partner, PACKWEIGH, TMI was present in the event, where also David Padullés, sales director of TMI, could attend and give support.

POWTECH 2019 – This fair dedicated to solids handling took place in the well-known Bavarian city Nürnberg between the 9th and the 11th April. The event hosted all kind of solid products producers looking for handling solutions. TMI exhibited in a joint stand with its local partner ICOMA ZGS, where Iryna Siutsova and Ariadna Rovira advised the visitors about the newest bagging technology for their products.

COMPOUNDING WORLD EXPO 2019 – The first edition in the USA of this trade show dedicated to plastic compounds and its handling technologies was held the 8th and 9th May. TMI exhibited in it as an expert in the packaging of plastic compounds, plastic granules and products alike. The goal was to get in touch with its producers in North America and providing them insight on the bagging technology and specific innovations for this sector. We had the pleasure of the presence of our partner HS AUTOMATION, who supported Gerard Martinez and Ariadna Rovira ,from TMI, advising the visitors. The results of this show were immediate.

EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2019 – The young TMI LATAM was responsible for the successful presence of the brand in the Packaging leading trade show in Mexico. This show, held between the 11th and the 13th of June in Guadalajara, was a success for the subsidiary with seat in Queretaro, who has received the support of Jordi Martin from TMI. This edition has resulted into another demonstration of the good position of the subsidiary in this market. After the great success in the show we expect it to expand even more.

Still, these are not the only actions the company has planned for 2019: the third quartal of the year will be marked by other European shows, such as VRACTECH in Le Mans, France, or MASTERBATCH in Vienna, Austria. The company expects to consolidate with all this its international presence as a bagging and palletizing technology provider in all the sectors.


TMI PARTICIPATES IN THE 6TH INMERSIÓN ESTRATÉGICA

October 22, 2019

More than 100 professionals from the spanish Packaging industry met the 18th and 19th October in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona) during the annual meeting Inmersión Estratégica organised by the Packaging Cluster.

More than 100 professionals from the spanish Packaging industry met the 18th and 19th October in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona) during the annual meeting Inmersión Estratégica organised by the Packaging Cluster.

The event has covered four different topics through conferences, roundtables and innovative workshops – like Game storming –: “Circular Economy”, “Innovation management and methods”, “Market strategies and trends”, and finally “New business opportunities”.

TMI has participated in the event as a member of Packaging Cluster and has been represented by its CEO Mr. Joan Caba, who appreciated the opportunity of promoting ideas, sharing experiences and exchanging strategical challenges of the sector with other companies in synergy.


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