Jonathan Rankin named as CEO of tna

Tna has announced the promotion of Jonathan Rankin to chief executive officer (CEO). Having recently returned to tna as chief sales officer (CSO), Jonathan will lead tna’s day-to-day operations, while focusing on the implementation of new processes that will take tna’s operational efficiencies and growth to the next level.

Founded in 1982 by Alf Taylor and his wife Nadia, tna revolutionised the snack food industry by inventing the world’s first rotary, continuous-motion, high-speed VFFS system. The company has since grown from Australian packaging pioneer into a global leader of food processing and packaging solutions for a wide range of industries, including snacks, confectionery, fresh and frozen produce.

“Our growth over the last few years has been incredible,“ said Alf Taylor. “We now operate out of 30 sites and employ over 500 talented people around the world. It’s a huge step-up from when Nadia and I started the business from our kitchen table. Over the last 36 years, we’ve added some truly amazing people to our team, gained a fantastic bunch of customers and established ourselves as a global leader on the snack food manufacturing market. Jonathan celebrated some of our most important milestones with us and played an instrumental role in our growth. We were thrilled when he decided to come back and can’t wait to see just how much further he’ll take the business.”

Rankin’s experience in the food industry spans over three decades. Having held various global management roles at tna from 1993 until 2003, he returned to tna earlier this year to oversee tna’s global sales division. He is well-versed in the company’s culture, business objectives and portfolio of integrated food processing and packaging solutions. Before re-joining tna, he served as general manager for food processing specialist Marel, where he was responsible for the successful growth of the company’s Oceania operations.

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TNA assists snack manufacturer stay ahead

As a producer and co-packer of a variety of corn-based snacks, from tortilla chips to snacks mixes, popcorns and extruded snacks, Keystone Food Products depends on flexible, high-performance packaging solutions that can be easily integrated into its existing production line in the US. 

With a growing market requirement for smaller bag sizes, Keystone needed to expand its plant’s manufacturing capabilities while still maintaining profitability.

Flexible solutions for expanded capabilities

Keystone chose the tna robag FX 3ci for its facility, as its turnkey packaging system could be easily integrated with existing equipment. With performance improvements of up to 30% in both output and the reduction of rejects, the new packaging system has significantly increased the speed and precision of the entire production, helping Keystone to optimise performance while catering to the demand for smaller bags.

Allowing for any jaw configuration (single, flat, double or triple) or size, the tna robag FX 3ci offered Keystone the flexibility it needed for its range of packaging services, including its quattropack operations. Plus, the tna system does not require any mechanical adjustments when changing product or film — an important benefit for Keystone, which required a simple, yet efficient machine to facilitate the switch between different bag formats and products. Future performance increases can be realised by upgrading the jaw set-up, leaving Keystone prepared for the future.

Ensuring accuracy

Keystone is responsible for the packaging of both its own and other brands’ premium snacks. As such, the company needs a highly accurate weighing system to ensure that only the exact amount of product would be included in the bag. This avoids raw material waste and allows Keystone to produce an increased number of units from the same quantity of material.

The tna intelli-weigh omega 314 has proved to be an effective solution to Keystone’s challenges. By combining strain gauge load cells with digital filtering to virtually eliminate the influence of external vibration, the system allows for precision, high-speed weighing. As a result, discrepancies between bags are negligible. The modular design enables quick and easy troubleshooting and maintenance, and enhances product flow.

Improved product verification

Keystone also required a more automated verification system to enable it to maintain its quality standards.

Installation of the tna intelli-read 3 barcode scanner has enabled Keystone to maintain rapid packaging speeds while ensuring that its products are checked to the highest standards. The solution automatically scans the barcode on the film and crosschecks it to verify that the correct product is being processed. Mounted directly onto the film system of the tna robag, the tna intelli-read 3 scans the entire product’s width, making it virtually impossible to bypass as every barcode — regardless of where on the film it is printed — will be read. With the barcode scanning system in place, Keystone was able to speed up the bagging process, while being assured that only products at the right weight and with the correct packaging would leave the plant.

Maximising plant footprint

Keystone wanted a system that would increase its production capacity within the limited space that was available. Because the previous production set-up was fragmented, an important part of the installation process was to analyse the arrangement and provide more continuity in the way equipment was laid out.

Previously, each of Keystone’s machines had its own platform, occupying valuable floor space. By designing a single platform that would incorporate the three new packaging machines, tna was able to optimise the plant’s surface area, saving both time and space.

Another challenge was to adapt the layout to the plant’s low ceiling height. New machines were specifically tailored to meet space requirements and facilitate product transfer between different packaging stages. Before they could be packaged downstairs, light corn products were washed in the upstairs station. The lack of space, however, meant that conveyors could not be installed. The tna intelli air distribution system has a small footprint and gently transports bags and other lightweight packed products along a bed of air. It automatically discharges empty packets for optimal output and has flexible configuration plus several layout options.

The tna hyper-detect metal detector enabled Keystone to maximise the available floor space. Its design allows the metal detector to be positioned closer to the multihead weigher, reducing machine height and increasing the speed at which the bagger can produce finished bags. The system offers improved metal detection capabilities, while eliminating degradation in product transfer to ultimately deliver safe product throughout and minimise rejects. This provided Keystone with a stable operation for optimum sensitivity and consistent performance when inspecting products.

tna acquires unique solutions

Tna has announced the expansion of its brand with the acquisition of Unique Solutions.

Through its latest acquisition, tna gains valuable access to Unique Solutions’ turnkey In-Pak and On-Pak programs utilising the company’s perforated bandolier (CPB) technology.

Alf Taylor, CEO at tna commented, “We’re extremely excited to welcome Unique Solutions to our growing family of brands and look forward to introducing their services and products to our customers worldwide.”

The acquisition forms part of tna’s ongoing strategy to support food manufacturers worldwide.
 

TNA Appoints New Sales Manager In The Middle East

Tna packaging and processing solutions providers are boosting their support in the Middle East with the addition of Mohamed Harmed, regional sales manager.

Mohamed will be based at tna’s Dubai office where he will be responsible for developing and implementing key projects to strengthen tna’s presence in the region, and to support new and existing customers with turnkey solutions for all their processing and packaging needs.

Michael Green, managing director at tna added: “In the last few years, we have seen the Middle East food manufacturing market grow faster than any other, and it’s vital for us to improve and enhance our capabilities there. Mohamed’s vast industry experience will be a great asset to the team and we know he will play a key part in helping us deliver our 360-degree services and solutions to customers in the region.

Food packaging company scoops top business award

Integrated packaging company tna has won the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Eastern Australia. 

Awarded in recognition of tna’s commitment and dedication to innovation in the food industry, the judging committee praised the company’s hard work and pioneering approach that has been so instrumental in tna’s rise to be a worldwide leader in food packaging and processing.
 
Considered the world’s most prestigious business award, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year is the only truly global programme of its kind. tna received its award in the industry category. 

The judges described tna as an Australian icon and commended its focus on innovation in what is, traditionally, a conservative industrial market, to firmly establish itself as a leading light in the global food processing and packaging market.
 
Commenting on the award, Alf Taylor, co-founder and CEO of tna, said: “We are honoured and thrilled to win the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Eastern Australia. Through complete determination, sheer hard work and our desire to always ‘rethink the conventional’, we became a world-leading specialist of cutting-edge processing and packaging machinery, supporting food manufacturers in over 120 countries around the globe.”
 
Nadia Taylor, tna’s co-founder and director added: “Australians are truly great at innovating but often the biggest challenge is obtaining the funding to create that all-important first prototype. I’m so glad we never let go of our dream and were able to turn a revolutionary idea for packaging food products faster and much more efficiently into a reality and successful business. We’re delighted to receive the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award because it represents our persistence and our dedication, and we hope that inspires our fellow Australians to go after their dreams too.”
 
Entrepreneurs from more than 145 cities in over 60 countries across the globe participate in the scheme. This year, over 100 entrepreneurs competed in five regional programmes around Australia. 

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