LONYPACK is a Spanish manufacturer specializing in the slicing and packaging of delicatessen and dairy products.
To optimize its production process, Lonypack wanted to regain complete authority over the supply of spare parts and components for its de-boning, slicing and packaging lines. Seeking a customized solution, the industrialist turned to 3D printing, an innovative technology to meet the economic and quality challenges of the food industry.
The challenge: to find food contact certified 3D materials capable of meeting the demanding requirements of the food industry. Supported by our Spanish distributor SICNOVA, LONYPACK has integrated KIMYA’s 3D printing materials into its production process.
Meeting the industry’s certification requirements
3D printing offers many design possibilities for the production of customized parts for any type of application. With its expertise in 3D material formulation, KIMYA designs filaments capable of meeting the manufacturers most demanding certification requirements.
Certified food contact EU 10/2011, Kimya PETG-S filament offers a perfect balance between flexibility and mechanical resistance, and can be used to produce blue-colored products: a standard in the food industry for the optical detection of parts in contact with food. The Kimya PETG-S was printed on an Ultimaker S5 and was used to produce various parts essential to Lonypack production: cutting edges, pick-up combs, rotation mechanisms, gears etc.
Nicolas Morand, R&D, Innovation & Industrialization Manager at KIMYA:
«Our certified food grade filaments are food safe materials. They have to meet a multitude of requirements, such as a strong resistance to corrosion and repeated washing, have no internal or external roughness to avoid any bacterial proliferation, no possibility of any harmful substance to penetrate etc. The list is long but necessary to guarantee safe use»
A 70% reduction in manufacturing costs and lead times
LONYPACK’s decision to use 3D printing has enabled it to reduce the cost of manufacturing spare parts and components, for its robotic arms and cutters integrated into its production line, by 70%.
In addition to this economic advantage, LONYPACK has also been able to reduce the delivery time of these parts by 70% using 3D printing.
Our customers say it better than us
Román Velasco, Director of Industrial Engineering at LONYPACK:
«These savings were made possible by KIMYA’s food contact certified 3D material. It is only a matter of time before other food manufacturers integrate 3D printing into their production processes. In the future, they will be an essential part of industrial sites;»
Original article available from our Spanish distributor Sicnova 3D