TNA Solutions, a global supplier of integrated food processing and packaging solutions, has partnered with Mister Bee Potato Chips, an iconic American brand founded in 1951, to revolutionise its snack production.
400% Capacity Increase Achieved through Comprehensive Upgrade and Redesign
TNA completely redesigned and optimised the company’s manufacturing site in Parkersburg, West Virginia, achieving a remarkable 400% capacity increase. As the new owners of Mister Bee, the West Virginia Potato Chip Company recognised the need for a comprehensive upgrade to the existing frying and packaging machines, which were outdated and not suitable for meeting growing market demands.
The vision was clear: to create a manufacturing environment that could accommodate expansion while delivering exceptional product quality.
TNA’s Cutting-Edge Technologies Boost Efficiency and Productivity
Working closely with Mister Bee’s operations manager, TNA’s expert engineers identified critical process improvements and proposed a tailored solution. The collaboration began with the meticulous redesign of the manufacturing space leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as Microsoft’s Hololens. This step ensured that the revamped facility was optimised for efficiency and productivity.
TNA’s Robag® 3ci Packaging System Streamlines Operations
Once the space was mapped out, the installation of the TNA robag® 3ci, a state-of-the-art vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) packaging system, followed. Equipped with the rotary double jaw and patented stripper tube closer, the robag® 3ci is capable of ultra-high speeds up to 150 bags per minute (bpm).
The inclusion of TNA’s patented auto connect and unload assist technology streamlined operations. It facilitated seamless changeovers with minimal manpower, further improving overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).
Mister Bee’s Capacity Output Skyrockets, Meeting Increasing Demand
The results of the collaboration were outstanding. Mister Bee’s chip capacity output skyrocketed, allowing it to meet increasing demand without compromising on product quality. Mary Anne Ketelsen, President of Mister Bee, expressed her satisfaction with the outcome, stating, “Previous machinery could only run 20-25 bpm, whereas now with my new TNA machines, I can run 100-115 bpm. A very big upgrade.”
TNA Demonstrates Exceptional Customer Service During Integration Process
Furthermore, TNA Solutions’ commitment to providing an exceptional customer experience was demonstrated by their swift action in rectifying a small design defect during the integration process. Welders were promptly dispatched at TNA’s expense to ensure the optimal functioning of the machinery, leaving Mary Anne Ketelsen and her team impressed by TNA’s dedication to their success.
Long-Term Partnership Between TNA and Mister Bee Marks the Beginning of Continued Growth and Innovation
This successful partnership marked just the beginning of a long-term relationship between TNA solutions and Mister Bee. In subsequent years, Mister Bee invested in additional TNA machinery, including a new fryer, further solidifying their trust in TNA’s outstanding service, superior machinery, and consistent results. Mary Anne Ketelsen expects this fruitful collaboration to continue driving their growth and innovation for years to come.
To read the full case study on how TNA worked with Mister Bee, click here.
Source: TNA Solutions. Original news release here
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