Advanced tray sealing technology from Proseal is supporting the continuing expansion of Chefgood, one of Australia’s leading producers of high-quality, nutritious, home-delivery ready meals.
Established in 2014, Chefgood was born out of the desire to make affordable higher quality and healthier ready meals than those typically available on the Australian market. The company uses local ingredients, portion control and great taste to help customers sustain healthier, more balanced diets.
Two Proseal GT0e tray sealing machines have now been installed at the Chefgood factory in Moorabbin, Victoria, replacing the company’s original tray sealing machine from another supplier. The greater efficiency and higher speeds of the Proseal machines – some three times faster than the previous unit – have enabled Chefgood to achieve a much greater throughput, handling around 35,000 trays every week.
As well as the speed and efficiency of the two GT0e models, Chefgood cites the machines’ excellent reliability as a key factor in their selection. In addition, the company says the tray sealing machines extensive reporting features are a valuable benefit in the setting and assessing of KPI measurements.
“We have had fantastic support from Proseal throughout the project,” comments Jared Simeti, General Manager Operations of Chefgood. “The installation went flawlessly, and the machines have continued to perform without any issues. Just as important, we know the Proseal service technicians are always there to help if we do experience any problems. In particular, our Proseal account manager remained in close contact with us during the Covid-19 pandemic when we had to adapt our working practices, looking for ways to help us during this difficult time.”
The Proseal GT0e has the flexibility to perform any type of heat seal to a pre-formed tray, including atmospheric, Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), Vacuum MAP, Skin, Skin Plus and Skin Deep, and can handle all the latest tray formats and materials. Proseal Australia’s local manufacturing of tooling means the company is able to respond quickly to requests for new sets to meet changes in market demands.
Another significant benefit of the Proseal GT0e and all of the company’s tray sealing machines is that features can be added or removed as required. This offers users valuable future proofing with the ability to adapt to new packaging trends. Equally essential, machines are designed so that new features which further increase speed and sealing capabilities can be easily retrofitted when they are developed.
Proseal tray sealing machines deliver consistent and accurate throughput thanks to unique features such as Promotion™, which regulates the feeding of trays into the machine, and its ProPosition™ tray positioning system. Seal strength and integrity are ensured by the company’s pioneering Eseal® high-force electric heat seal system.
The GT0e’s compact, rugged and hygienic food industry approved construction provides full washdown protection. A user-friendly menu driven control panel with step-by-step prompts, error and status displays, and batch pack counter, ensures ease of set-up.
Chefgood’s continuing success and growth has now led the company to develop a range of retail products, which will be launched in May.
“We have had a great response from businesses which have confirmed our supply,” says Jared. “Our products already have the highest consumer rating on the market, and we are continuing to build our brand. The future looks very positive and indeed, we are in the process of looking for a new site, having outgrown our current one.
“With such growth plans, we are sure Proseal will continue to play a major role in regard to our packing room equipment.”
Founded in 1998, Proseal designs and manufactures high quality tray sealing machines, conveyor systems and sealing tools for food industry markets worldwide. Proseal is part of the JBT family, and together they remain committed to continually supporting customers’ needs.