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Case Study – New Strapping Machine System Ticks All The Boxes For Leading Oil Production Company, AAK

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AAK are one of the world's top providers of value-adding plant-based oils, boasting 20 facilities across the globe. In 2011, Gordian provided an automated strapping machine solution which fit seamlessly into their packaging line.

Introducing AAK

AAK are the world’s leading manufacturer of high-value-added speciality vegetable oil and has been operating for over 150 years. Their plant-based oils make products better tasting, healthier, and more sustainable – acting as a substitute for certain ingredients which helps to optimise production.

Across the world they have 4,000 employees, 25 regional sales offices, 15 dedicated Customer Innovation Centers, and 20 production facilities.

For this project, we worked with their production facility in Hull which is central to their UK operations.

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A Premium System For A Premium Product

The requirement for new packaging equipment was influenced by a number of factors. Firstly, the existing system had become unreliable, resulting in downtime, which was compounded by inadequate engineering support and the high cost of spare parts.

Furthermore, the cost of strapping was at a premium because it could only be sourced in a special size from the existing supplier. The system solution, an OMS 875 with a single sword TR14 HD strapping head, ticked all the boxes.

AAK UK runs three daily shifts, meaning that the robust and reliable equipment supplied by Gordian was particularly attractive. The modular components of the strapping head, which allow for easy changeover were also an important factor, as well as Gordian’s nationwide service support network.

Take a closer look at our OMS 875 machine here.

Gordian's Strapping Machines

The new strapping machines have reduced the spending on spare parts and service call-out charges and have been reliable throughout the years.

The world-class build capacity of OMS means that the production line capabilities are vastly improved, taking advantage of conveyor and automation technologies to deliver high quality plant-based oils.

“The installation and commissioning went without a hitch and the system exceeds our expectations. This is the first strapping machine that Gordian Strapping has supplied to AAK UK. On the strength of the professionalism they have demonstrated as well as the superior reliability of their products, I would recommend them to anybody as a great partner."

If you have any questions regarding our strapping machines, do feel free to contact a member of our team here.

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