Report from USA
"The AW-4600AT is the finest automatic wrapper on the market today", stated John Baumann.
Since it was introduced in January 2007 through June 2008, NBI surpassed 175 units of AW-4600AT.
Why has this machine been so well accepted?
|AW-4600AT in operation at a Vowell's Market store in Louisville, Mississippi|
The first and most important feature of this machine is that it has proven to be absolutely reliable. This means two things. First the AW-4600 just keeps working package after package, perfectly wrapping and labeling each one. The result is almost no operator downtime. Secondly, the AW-4600AT has a very low cost of maintenance. Building on the lessons learned with the AW-3600, DIGI has made a number of improvements that result in almost no service calls month after month. We offer to install an AW-4600AT into any meat room in a head to head test with any competitor. As a result, we have been 90% successful in closing the order in our favor.
Beyond the reliable design of the AW-4600AT, this wrapper will automatically handle a wider range of package sizes than any other competitor. In the US market our customers run a very wide range of package sizes from a small 4"*4" tray up to a very large 10"*14" deep tray. NO COMPETITIVE WRAPPER WILL HANDLE THIS PACKAGE SIZE RANGE. If the package will fit into the AW4600 AT, it will come out properly wrapped and finished.
|An operator at a Piggly Wiggly store in Manning, South Carolina, feels proud with the new wrapper installation.|
Super Stretch Technology, developed at first by DIGI on the AW-3600AT wrapper, has been taken to a new level with the AW-4600AT. The result is the best package finish of any automatic stretch wrapper available. Not only does the package look good, the AW-4600AT uses anywhere from 15% to 25% less film than our other competitor's wrappers.
The AW-4600AT provides a wide range of labeling options. Robot Arm Label Placement provides positively accurate label placement on the full range of packages that can be run. This is not only available for placement of the main product label but a second robot arm label applicator is available for POP label placement. NBI has developed a package of over 100 POP label images preloaded into each wrapper before shipment. This provides the customer with ready-made POP labels in image format for immediate use in their store. The AW-4600AT POP image can be essentially any black and white image that can be designed by a computer. The AW-4600AT also has available a bottom printer applicator. Although we have only sold two of these units, it is a feature that we continue to promote because it is unique.
Finally, one of the major reasons that we have been successful in selling the AW-4600AT has been the tremendous support from the Wrapper BU of Teraoka Seiko Co., Ltd. (Teraoka Japan). Extensive hardware and software support was provided to meet customers' needs.
In summary, the AW-4600 has no equal in the market today. With this product we can approach new customers with the confidence that our product will perform over and above all competitors.
Reported by John Baumann, President of NBI
Report from Denmark
DIGI-System A/S showcases the "DIGI hallmark of reliability" in the Danish market
DIGI-System A/S installed the first AW-2602CP in May 1989 in a bigger Coop store in the Kvickly Supermarket segment in Kvickly Helsingor, north of Copenhagen. It has worked in the butcher back room for 19 years until this July 2008, when it was replaced with a new AW-4602CP. Both installations were done by Lars Skjoldager, who has also serviced the wrapper all these years
|Klaus Kokholm Pedersen (left), Director of DIGI-System A/S celebrated the installation of a new wrapper with Sren Srensen, a butcher manager at Kvickly Helsingor|
|Lars Skjoldager- Service Engineer and Klaus Kokholm Pedersen have worked together and celebrate another installation, after 19 years.|
The integrated wrapper system "weigh, wrap and labeling" with one or two labels in one operation was a completely new concept in 1989 and Danish customers liked the idea. But they asked if such a compact solution (1m2) could manage all the big Danish trays and 2 kg family packs while also handling the harsh environment of the backroom for a long period of time. The existing competitive wrapper at that time had a life of 8-10 years. We promised our customers that DIGI wrappers could operate for 10 years, but now we can say they can last 19 years.
The following factors led to the wrapper's longevity:
1. Very good construction and technology provided by Teraoka/DIGI
2. Customer who operates and cleans the machine with respect every day
3. A serviceman and his team who follow the maintenance based on the service contract.
4. Upgrade when needed- over the 19 years the AW-2600 CP wrappers have:
added software function based on new Danish rules, trace-ability software and hand scanner connection for reading EAN 128 based on EU rules
upgraded with new in-feed kit and heater controller for using Non-PVC film, standard in Denmark since 1996
connected to Ethernet PC communication via scale router SR 2000.
|Lars Skjoldager- Service Engineer put a champain bottle on the AW-2602CP to pay respect for its 19 years work, and the other bottle for the new wrapper AW-4602CP.
||Lars Skjoldager proudly hand-carrying the AW-4602CP to the meat backroom
Based on the conditions above, we have had a long, positive relationship with an important customer who has close to 40% of the Danish retail market and for that we are very proud. We have also kept our promise from 1989, that our DIGI wrapper and our DIGI technology can provide a minimum of 10 years of good and reliable work.
Reported by Klaus Kokholm Pedersen, Director of DIGI-System A/S
Report from from Portugal
Feira Nova selected DIGI AW-4600AT both for their customer service and operation solutions
Tecnopack, S. A., has successfully got an order from Feira Nova, a hypermarket chain of the Group Jeronimo Martins.
|AW-4600AT in operation at a Feira Nova hypermarket store|
With the mission of achieving their customer's wishes and aiming to offer the best packed and fresher products, Feira Nova have decided to rely on the DIGI brand to provide the results that they were looking for.
In one year, Tecnopack has installed 8 units of AW-4600AT in the Meat Department of their stores; in the cities of Tondela, Seia, Vizela, Castelo Branco, Quinta do Conde, Santarem, Braga and Rio de Mouro.
In addition to the versatile prepackaging solution by one film thanks to the film stretching feature, the staff of Feira Nova is satisfied with the performance of the AW-4600AT which provides easy, fast and reliable packaging.
Reported by Catia Diogo of International Department of Tecnopack, S. A.
DIGI is glad to announce the wrapper news from Portugal, a debut in the DIGI News Bulletin.