Back in Dec 2012 we installed a helium balloon machine for a UK based client. They fitted by hand a valve into each balloon and then dispatched them to large companies including the likes of the McDonalds Corporation where they could add their own helium and give the balloons out to their customers.
As you can imagine this is a lengthy process and with such a large amount of balloons required our client had regular quality issues caused by inattentive manual assembly of the balloon and valve. They approached Tape Solutions Ltd to design and manufacture a machine where the process could be automated; cutting down on time and ensuring that each unit was perfectly assembled.
Our unique machine operated by presenting the valves through a vibratory bowl feeder which automatically orientated them the correct way around. The valves were then delivered to a linear feeder which split for left and right loading and allowed two balloons to have valves fitted at the same time to double production. The machine not only cut down on man hours but also ensured that a large number of units could be packed into each box by squeezing out the air from inside the balloon. Most importantly quality is now infinitely better with almost zero defective balloons slipping through production to give the customer problems. We are proud to say that our client has been extremely satisfied with our machine, which has greatly improved their efficiency and productivity.
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