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15.06.2020 Powder filling line accommodates multiple packaging formats

SternMaid, Wittenburg, Germany – part of the Stern-Wywiol Group – has commissioned a new filling line which can accept FIBCs, sacks, boxes or drums. The line can refill powdered food ingredients such as hydrocolloids or pharmaceutical excipients from any initial container into almost any other pack format the customer wishes.

Depending on the shape of the container, the station can be equipped with different filling heads and supplementary functions. Its modular structure permits flexible product changing. SternMaid guarantees adherence to quality and safety standards with protective screening and metal detection. It also meets the requirements for allergen management, kosher and halal approval and organic products.

Commercial manager Mark Riemer explains: “Refilling powders from large containers into smaller packs, or vice-versa, is often a challenge to our customers from the fields of raw material production or downstream processing. Raw materials in powder form are often delivered in FIBCs, for example, but for further processing they may be needed in sacks, boxes or drums. SternMaid can undertake this refilling as a service; it can also put the products into intermediate storage and deliver them to the recipient. For the customer, that means a saving in time, personnel, and ultimately costs”.

SternMaid was established in 1996 and has since become one of Europe’s leading contract manufacturers. With over 300 employees, the company offers a wide range of services. Besides manufacturing powdered food ingredients, food supplements and pharmaceutical excipients on a contract basis, it blends and processes special ingredients for baby food, vitamin mixtures and foods for special dietetic purposes.

A total of 15 different blending lines and a diversity of filling lines for industrial and retail packs are available to meet all manner of different requirements.


Food powder at SternMaid’s Wittenburg plant being filled into cardboard boxes

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