• Raymond Wicks, general manager Kingsway Confectionery with the tna intelli-weigh omega series.
    Raymond Wicks, general manager Kingsway Confectionery with the tna intelli-weigh omega series.

Kingsway Confectionery, a family-owned company based in Victoria and specialising in packaging retail-ready products for over 30 years, says it has strengthened its position as a leading confectionery packaging company in Australia through its longstanding partnership with tna Solutions.

In its latest facility upgrade, tna says its integrated packaging solution has enabled Kingsway Confectionery to increase production capacity by 50 per cent, and meet the demands of its expanding customer base. With state-of-the-art, Australian-made machinery, tna claims to offer fast changeovers, superior product flexibility, easy maintenance and cleaning, and optimised speed performance.

Supporting growth with speed and flexibility

To remain competitive in the confectionery market, Kingsway Confectionery recognised the need for machinery that could enhance performance and speed. Seeking a solution that could support a wide range of bag sizes, cater to its diverse customer base, and provide a strong return on investment, Kingsway Confectionery integrated a third tna robag vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) packaging system into its production line.

The robag empowered Kingsway Confectionery to efficiently package any type of snack or food application. Raymond Wicks, general manager of Kingsway Confectionery, attested to the impact of the integration: "Adding a third robag machine increased our capacity by 50 per cent. We went from 40-59 bpm to 80-100 bpm for bag sizes spanning anywhere from 30 to 400 grams."

In addition to improving speed and efficiency, the company says the tna robag seamlessly fit into operations as a complete solution. The integration with the tna intelli-weigh alpha provided a simple and accurate weighing solution, enhancing flexibility for rapid product changeovers. This enabled Kingsway Confectionery to scale production capacity and meet the evolving needs of its customers without disruptions.

Keeping uptime high with timely maintenance

Beyond enhanced packaging capabilities, Kingsway Confectionery also highlighted the importance of timely technical support and readily available spare parts. Kingsway Confectionery felt that tna's global presence and commitment to customer support meant that it could resolve any challenges efficiently. tna’s technical support team, coupled with the availability of necessary parts, enabled Kingsway Confectionery to minimise downtime and maintain operational excellence.

Wicks expressed his satisfaction with tna's support, stating, "Over the last 14 years, we wouldn't have had a machine down for longer than a day due to tna’s team helping us." The proximity of tna's factory in Melbourne further facilitated swift access to spare parts, streamlining maintenance and support.

tna continues to empower confectionery producers with innovative technologies and comprehensive support. The partnership with Kingsway Confectionery exemplifies the companies’ shared commitment to efficiency, quality and customer satisfaction.

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