SUCCESS STORIES

Kőröstej Ltd. are producers of cheese. They are actually one of the leading producers of Kashkaval cheese in the world, but are also producers of over a hundred different kinds of cheese, from Hungarian Trappist and Parenyica, to Middle Eastern Labneh and Chilal, to worldwide cheeses like Grill cheeses and processed cheeses in portions or slices.
The Köröstej Ltd Company has four factories in Hungary. Three of them are producing cheese out of milk and the only factory producing Processed Cheese from hard and semi-hard cheese is in Kacsota, near Pecs.
This plant is only dedicated to the production of Processed Cheese. As the demand is increasing, the factory will be doubled in size next year.

Great success for his owner, Dr. Riad Naboulsi.

Today, we are meeting Mr. Makhoul Louai, Plant Manager and Mr. Ehab, Maintenance Manager.
Mr. Ehab Alsaner, Maintenance Manager at Köröstej Ltd since 2018 is called by his colleague the “Lapka Star”, understand here the star of the slices.

He brought to the Koröstej Ltd company some partnerships and contributed quite a lot in having an engineering point of view on the packaging machines, bringing professionalism into their activities.

1) What do you think are the strengths of Sapal?

Sapal is a very professional company. I heard about your machines for the first time already a few years ago when I was working in Syria for a multinational company active in the Processed Cheese. This was before joining the Köröstej Ltd company here in Hungary four years ago.
When Mr. Makhoul Louai – the Manager of the Plant – had the idea to work with Sapal and told me about the fact we were purchasing a Sapal machine for our future production of slices, I was more than satisfied. We both thought that Sapal was a very qualitative and professional company. The fact was Sapal was a Swiss company also made a difference, for the quality standards and reputation that everything that is produced in Switzerland has.
I personally think that the robustness and the high efficiency of their machines are really the major strengths of Sapal.
The DCS 1000-1 – the IWS wrapping machine we recently bought – has her product path totally protected and visible, which makes it very easily accessible for the maintenance and the cleaning. This point is important for us as we don’t loose too many times with downtime machinery.

2)How would you describe your relationship with the Sapal Team?

The commercial relationship is really good, everybody is friendly and so helpful. They also give us advice on how to work with the machine, quickly answer our requests, explain how to fix things if needed.
When we bought the DCS 1000-1 last year, it was the first time we produced slices, this was totally new for us as we are used to pack portions, blocks, cans or tubes of processed cheese, but not slices. Having this good relation, made the unknown easier.

3)As you said, Köröstej Ltd recently bought a first Sapal IWS wrapping machine, a DCS 1000-1. Can you tell us how satisfied you are and why?

We are very satisfied with it as it’s a high-speed machine which allows us to produce 1000 high quality slices per minute. The commissioning went smoothly, and the machine is very easy to maintain. As parts are quickly and easily dismountable, the cleaning cycle is also very easy.
The training for our operators was straightforward which is good because usually we don’t have so much time to train them. The DCS 1000-1 is also user-friendly machine, the HMI and his parameters are very clear. One thing that we mainly appreciate is the automatic splicing at the unwinder.
The DCS 1000-1 being a high-speed machine, sometimes operators are afraid to work with it, but I personally like it, it’s like my daughter (laughs)

4)Can you tell us something about the DCS 1000-1 that you find great?

As I said, the way the machine is built makes the parts accessible to clean. The cleaning and the maintenance of the DCS 1000-1 are easy which allow us to reduce our downtime. And the quality of the slices of course.
To guarantee perfect slices to our customers, we do each hour a Blue Test on our slices. This means that we introduce 6 slices in a blue liquid, if the sealing is good, no blue liquid will enter the slices and no cheese goes out of the packaging and the results with the DCS 1000-1 are more than satisfying.

5)What could you say about the efficiency and quality of the packaging on the Sapal Machine?

Both efficiency and quality are good. The DCS 1000-1 produces slices for a lot of our customers, and all are satisfied with our slices

6)As from your point of view, what is the best part of the machine and why (forming, cutting, stacking…)?

If I had to choose, I would say the cutting, the drum and especially the stacking of the slices.

CHOCOLATES VALOR ELECTRICAL OVERHAUL – VALOR CHOCOLATES

Situation

Sapal did an electrical overhaul hardware & software of the complete AA-06 n°10954 distribution system

The advantage to do such an upgrade are to:

  • Bring the equipment to the last technology available
  • Increase the lifecycle of the equipment
  • Secure the machine productivity due to the component availability

INTERVIEW – LUIS SOLANES, OPERATION MANAGER OF CHOCOLATES VALOR

Can you tell something about Valor, the creation of the company?

Chocolates Valor is the reference company in the chocolate sector in Spain. A family company, with more than 130 years of history and its presence in more than 50 international markets, which is characterized by the quality of its products and its commitment to innovation. We focus on healthy pleasure, and we are specialists in premium chocolate bars with high percentages of cocoa, in sugar-free chocolates and in chocolates with nuts, among other products.

INTERVIEW – Sir Archibald Boyd Tunnock, CEO of Thomas Tunnock Limited

Tell us about the creation of your company, the history of your family since the beginning in 1890, with Thomas Tunnock.

The story of Tunnock starts in 1890 when my great Grand-Father Thomas Tunnock bought a shop for 80 pounds, which was a lot of money at that time, to open his bakery, here in Uddingston.

INTERVIEW – Stuart Loudon: Project Manager at Thomas Tunnock Limited

I imagine that efficiency and quality of the packaging are the most important things you’re looking for in the machines. What could you say about the Sapal Machines?

I think that for the efficiency and the quality of the packaging, for the product that we are trying to run the Sapal BNK and the DPN 7 machines that we have are the perfect machines for the job. Over the years, we’ve tried different types of machinery, but we stick with Sapal, because Sapal are the best in the business for this type of machine, this is why we have always kept our relationship with Sapal.

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