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Recently AMBOS Stockfeeds installed an automatic animal feed packaging system as part of a major upgrade of their facilities at Young, NSW, which Alan Threlfall explained  “is a prime location for grain growing and for local supply of vegetable oilseeds for byproducts”. Alan’s father started the AMBOS business a generation back.

Alan explained that their business philosophy has been built on a high level of service and availability to satisfy clients’ needs, especially when they are requested to manage urgent situations. Consequently the business can run 24/7 and AMBOS even have three of their own trucks to be able to guarantee special deliveries.

AMBOS have another mill site at Cootamundra that supplies product mainly in bulk, manufacturing high fibre ruminant feeds. Product is supplied in tankers and tippers to commercial farms.

In 2013 AMBOS purchased an automated grain and feed packaging line from Kockums Bulk Systems to raise the efficiency of their product handling, from the laborious aspect of manual systems. The higher rate of handling and the efficiency gained lead to consideration for export sales as a possible direction of expansion.

The new sack filling and palletising equipment enables the quick switch of products for responding directly to clients needs. Alan explains “There is growth in the sack supply of feed products”. These pre-printed sacks are picturesque and are colour coded for customers. Their current market is throughout NSW with entry into Northern Victoria, Southern Queensland and South Australia. Marketing is done by partnering through merchant networks, not selling direct to the public, but strategically supporting them. However personal relationships are maintained for understanding the users needs and satisfying them.

Alan says “We achieve particular customer requirements by working with specialist external consultants for the formulations, and our products are free of animal byproducts.”

Safety is a prime consideration for AMBOS and this is achieved through standard operating procedures and training. Alan says “as they have moved towards high levels of automation, they have seen that all new equipment is designed with safety in mind, and arranged so hazards are engineered out of the equation.” AMBOS has an Induction process and regular toolbox meetings. Alan explains there is a good family type of culture, so that all staff are safety conscious and so any likely problems or hazards are directly exposed.

Because AMBOS hold to high quality and operational standards, they sought automated sack filling equipment from a company that had proven products meeting Australian Standards, staff with good product knowledge and experience, and a switched-on installation and service team. Financial investment considerations are important to ensure a viable return but as Alan said he and his General Manager, Ian Spencer, studied the market for available equipment, being prepared to pay that little extra for quality, in keeping with their own standards, and to maintain the trust of their client base.

The installed equipment commences with a Payper open-mouth bagger that picks bags from a conveyor and offers them to the filling spout. When filled they move forward to the sewing head, then to the TMG automatic palletiser. From there they move forward as a pallet load to the Unitech automatic wrapper. Throughput is 700 to 900 sacks per hour.

Such equipment is expected to perform 24/7 and be continually available for many years of service. It is a major investment and must be well matched and designed for the purchaser’s current and future needs.

Kockums Bulk Systems Pty Ltd (KBS) have a wide variety of sack filling, palletising and wrapping equipment and the experience necessary to assist the client with the choice to best suit their needs. Ian had previously had dealings with KBS installations,  and in the final analysis AMBOS were attracted to them because of confidence in their quality products and reputation for successful installations and ongoing support.



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