Meet the Kenray India Team

Kenray has made a small but significant step in its evolution by adding a small production team in Asia.

Design and Quality Control will remain under the main UK factory but we can now manufacture closer to our customers in India and Asia making our products more accessible.

For more information about what our new team can do for you please contact Mark Evans on +447956307352 or email markevans@kenrayglobal.com.

Kenray Take on The Three Peaks Challenge in May

A Team from Kenray will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in May in aid of local Charity Rainbows.  The team will be taking on Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

A practice run up Snowdon has already been completed with the weather changing constantly throughout the climb.

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The Team taking part includes, Ant Guiney, Colin Bosworth & Gary Collins and a fundraising page will be set up to document the training events and to help raise much needed fund for local charity Rainbows.

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Kenray France Welcome Pascal Bruneau to the Technical Sales Team

Kenray is delighted to announce the arrival of Pascal Bruneau who joins the Kenray France team as a Technico-Commercial and will be working closely with Kenray’s Sales Manager, Dan Atkin to support the Kenray team in Péronne with the manufacture and supply in the region for Kenray Forming Sets and accessories.

Pascal brings with him over 18 years expertise and a wealth of experience in the packaging, weighing, dosing and processing industries and will be supporting clients in France and French-speaking areas to assist them with their Forming Sets, Sealing Jaws, Accessories and Training needs.  His technical knowledge is second to none and will be a great asset to the team.

Pascal will also be working closely with Kenray Group Sales Teams in Spain, Italy & Poland to strengthen and enhance the Kenray offering to European clients.

Dan Atkin added: “Pascal has made an impact in the short time he has been with us and clients are already benefiting from his extensive knowledge.  We have plans in place to extend our product offering to our French customers this year and Pascal will be a major part of this growth.

Pascal added “I have been made very welcome at Kenray and when you get the opportunity to meet an incredible team with this energy and dynamics, you can focus on the benefit you can provide to your clients. I am happy to share my experience acquired through different areas, dry products, liquid products, combination of dry and liquids mixing products, using weighing (Linear and Multithreads machines), processing equipment, and mainly for the entire packaging line.

To contact Pascal Brunei

Kenray France
2 Avenue des Australiens, 80200 Péronne, France
+33 3 22 84 13 75

Head Office

Kenray Forming Ltd
Telford Way, Stephenson Industrial Estate, Coalville. Leicestershire, LE67 3HE
+44 (0)1530 400 100

 

UK Sales Team Growth for Kenray Forming Ltd

Kenray Forming Ltd has continued to grow both its UK and International Sales Team with the arrival of Alan Beverley who has joined the UK Technical Sales Team and will be working closely with Commercial Director, Mark Evans and Group Sales Manager, Dan Atkin.

Alan brings with him a wealth of experience with 10 years-experience in the Food industry as well as over 6 years working in the consumables industry.  Alan has already hit the ground running and has been out and about meeting clients and contacts to introduce what he can offer.

Kenray offers clients four decades of experience along with continuous development in R&D and are regarded as the global leader of Forming Sets for VFFS food and pharmaceutical packaging machines.  This high level of experience, combined with the ability to produce large bespoke orders as well as complex one-off projects has seen KENRAY involved in a number of collaborations with blue chip organisations across the globe.

Mark Evans & Dan Atkin added “Our Sales team has gone from strength to strength over recent years and with our exciting plans to grow into new markets and product ranges during 2019, the time was right to enhance our sales team under the leadership of Dan Atkin. Alan will be dedicated on supporting our UK client base, showcasing our latest products and services.

Alan Beverley added – I have been welcomed into the Kenray Team and already enjoying meeting clients and contacts. The plans for the next years are certainly exciting and will help Kenray to be the supplier of choice for all users of forming sets in the UK and overseas.

If there are any of our clients old and new that have any pending or new projects, please do not hesitate in contacting me at alanbeverley@kenrayglobal.com.

 

Continued ISO 9001 Success for Kenray

Kenray are delighted to have received a successful ISO 9001 audit in January and have been re-certified to the new standard.  This new standard will last for 3 years and is a testament to the work Kenray has invested in over the past few years.

The re-certification demonstrates the clear and consistent processes and procedures Kenray has in place to deliver best practice standards.

Commercial Director, Mark Evans said “I am delighted with the continued re-certification of ISO 9001, this is the 6th year that Kenray have been through the audit and reached the required standards level. It is a testament to the efforts of Kay Collins and the Kenray Team ensuring that we continue to perform better both in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. This is great news for the Firm and continues our passion to be the best!”

Come and visit Kenray at the PPMA Total Show

We would like to invite you to visit us on stand JO8 at this year’s PPMA Total show, held on 27-29th September at the NEC in Birmingham.

At this year’s show we will be demonstrating our latest range of formers and accessories for the vertical form filled packaging machines. This includes our new Nitrogen Efficient Former which has been designed to overcome the nitrogen gas leaks prevalent in traditional former sets on TNA machines.

It provides a consistent vacuum pressure on an ongoing basis, ensuring a smooth film flow, helping our clients to maximise their food production line with minimum downtime.

This new technology provides an improvement in reliability and machine integrity for TNA machines, resulting in significant savings on both nitrogen use and replacement belts.

Staff will also be on hand to discuss our new method to refurbish TNA strippers in a cost-effective, reliable manner. Using bespoke engineered fixtures, Kenray refurbish TNA strippers to the original, exacting standards providing the performance of a new tube closer at a fraction of the cost.

The team at Kenray look forward to meeting clients on the stand to discuss any issues they may be having with their VFFS packaging machines.

Register to attend HERE for FREE and visit us on our stand

We look forward to seeing you there.

If you cannot make the show, but would like to discuss your issues with Kenray, please contact us via email or phone 01530 400 100.

Cost-effective Refurbished TNA Strippers

KENRAY are delighted to confirm that they have developed a robust method to refurbish TNA strippers in a cost-effective, reliable manner. Having developed sophisticated bespoke jigging and production techniques, the team at Kenray can now refurbish TNA strippers to the original, exacting standards.

Kenray confirm that a TNA stripper or bag closer repaired by Kenray, will provide the performance of a new bag closer at a fraction of the cost. The refurbishment process of the TNA stripper sees the parts completely taken apart, cleaned and re-assembled. During the assembly process Kenray use a specialist bespoke jig to ensure all components are accurately aligned and checked, enabling the refurbished bag closer and stripper to operate as new.

Full details are on our solutions page around bags and strippers.

If you need to replace your bag closers and strippers on a regular basis contact Kenray to see how refurbishment could save you money and provide you with greater value.

Kenray and Greener exhibit at Gulfood in Dubai – part of the expansion into the region

The Kenray sales team have recently returned from the Gulfood Manufacturing Exhibition in Dubai as the company continues to expand its services into the region. The exhibition is one of the largest global events for the food manufacturing industry and visitors attend to keep pace with the latest innovations, equipment and ingredients.

Kenray were delighted to be involved and welcomed existing and potential clients to their stand demonstrating the quality and consistency of Kenray formers and Greener jaws. Kenray expertise in full forming sets extends to a variety of components for many different packaging types, independent of brand or make. Visitors to the stand learned about the solutions and many unique features which make the Kenray formers durable, light, easy to implement and cost effective.

As Mark Evans, Sales Director commented, “it was great to meet customers from around the world and share with them how Kenray formers and Greener jaws help with the productivity and efficiency on their production lines. We look forward to continuing discussions with many new contacts we met at the show from the Middle East, Europ and India”.

Anyone who wants to know more about the service and support for formers and jaws from Kenray should contact perform@kenrayglobal.com or phone the international head office in the UK on +44 (0) 1530 400 100

The Hidden Costs of Average Forming Sets

An important consideration for food manufacturers is the cost of their packaging machinery and forming sets. To cut costs, many packagers will purchase an average forming set, which meets the minimum requirements for safety and hygiene and produces bags suitable for sale. However, the average forming set that was meant to save money up front will often result in additional, hidden costs over time.

There are some common ways in which average forming sets negatively impact the profits of food producers:

 

Small Stops and Reduced Output Speed

Small stops are almost always caused by product blockages, which are caused by a wide range of circumstances. Product with low mass, high surface roughness or wide-ranging variation in unit size commonly can block the former, and integral chutes are required to reduce the possibility of blockages.

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The design of a straight tube in an average forming set vs a bespoke set’s tube with gradual transition.

However, average forming sets use inlet chutes that do not feature a gradual transition from the chute into the tube, which results in food getting stuck in the machine. When small stops occur, the machine must be turned off and the issue must be corrected by an engineer. Every minute that the machine is off reduces the overall output of your company.

 

Misaligned Tubes

Average forming sets that are fabricated poorly will feature belt flats on the tube that are not an equal distance away from the centreline of the belts. One belt will apply less pressure, which results in uneven tension and it will wear out faster than usual. As such, the belts will have to be replaced more often than they would be with a custom forming set – another hidden cost which will add up over time.

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An example of tube misalignment.

 

Problems With Back Seals

Misaligned tubes and shoulders can compromise the quality of the back-seal on the bag, which leads to waste of material. The film may wander off to one side, which will cause the material to ripple while it is being passed through the machine. This can cause the back-seal to expose graphics that are meant to be hidden or hide graphics that are meant to be shown. In some cases, the back seal will come apart. Both food products and packaging material are wasted, which presents a significant dent in the bottom line of food producers.

At KENRAY, we have seen many customers buy average forming sets to save hundreds of pounds in the short term. Unfortunately, over time the equipment presents shortcomings that cost thousands to correct. Our bespoke forming sets prevent these issues from occurring, helping you to increase your production and output.

For more information, view our Forming Set Solutions page or give us a call at +44 (0)1530 400 100. You can also read our full white paper on the Hidden Costs of Average Forming Sets.