Winner, Winner, Packaging Your Chicken Dinner (Ossid NextGen 500E at Miller Poultry)

The packaging solutions provided by Ossid address the needs of a high-demand poultry processor while also embracing the strengths of long-time employees. The 11 500E overwrappers at Miller Poultry each run about 45-50 trays per minute. Fresh chicken is hand placed in a No. 3 tray, 8 tray, 11 tray or 15 tray sizes before going through a 500E that has been engineered to efficiently handle different tray dimensions.

Diehl explains that a primary concern with wrapping chicken is package integrity. Abnormal product shape and unforgiving plastic trays can lead to leaks that turn away customers and potentially ruin product.

“The old machines we used before were PVC film that was just wrapped around the tray, then folded it under the tray before sending it through a heat belt,” Diehl says. “They weren’t fully welded, so you ended up with leakers.”

That’s not an issue with the 500E, which is designed to produce tightly wrapped, end-sealed, case-ready packages for chicken, fish and other protein products.

“It’s a heat shrink film that welds the seams together, so you have a really tight thin seal along the bottom and end sides of the tray, which seals it shut and gives it almost leakproof packaging,” Guillaume said. “The purge of moisture is held within the package instead of leaking through the flange of the tuck and fold.”

Ossid’s unique approach to heat shrinking also includes measures to preserve the preprinted image on the film.

“We’re very happy with Ossid and how the 500E has performed for us through the years,” Diehl said. “Ossid provides us with machines that produce a solid seal on a package that doesn’t leak. That’s how they are helping us be successful with the high-quality packages for retail.”

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It's cliche to say trust is something that's never given, it's earned, however trust is the one thing that Ossid has earned over the past 20 years in supplying tray overwrapping solutions to Miller Poultry. Raising all-natural chicken has been a passion of Orland, Indiana-based Miller Poultry. Founded in 1974, the company still maintains a hands-on approach while weaving in deep family values in all that it does. “We're very family focused and people focused in everything we do. The employees are what make this company what it is and allow us to be able to produce premium, quality poultry.”

Miller Poultry produces all antibiotic-free and organic air-chilled poultry, including chicken breasts, thighs, legs, and wings for retail and food service. Its barns are certified by the global animal partnership to ensure strict Animal Welfare Standards are in place. Its chickens are fed a corn and soy-based diet with no antibiotics, hormones, steroids, or artificial ingredients.

The company's relationship with Ossid began in the early 2000s with the initial purchase of three overwrap machines. Today, the company uses a mix of 13 Ossid 500e and Next-Gen 500e Leak Resistant and Seal Overwrappers. To securely package chicken for sale throughout the Upper Midwest.

“With our Next-Gen machine, we put a lot of improvements into it. We really focus on the operator aspects of it, making them more user-friendly for them to use the machine, operate, be able to visually see and understand how to make an adjustments, and allowing those adjustments to be automatically put into the machine.”

Ossid's next-gen 500e is ideal for the poultry industry as it can easily package a wide range of tray sizes and types, including traditional foam, compostable, and clear plastic roll flange trays. It uses five to ten percent less film than non-gripper chain systems and produces tightly wrapped and sealed case-ready packages at speeds up to 60 packages per minute. It's very important to have a good seal, completely sealed I should say, package that allows for clean store shelves, clean refrigerators, and just a clean feeling when you're handling the chicken.

As chicken comes down the line, employees hand pack product into trays, a grater inspects each tray before it is sent into one of the Ossid overwrappers.

“At that point the machine does the rest - it wraps the film around it, making it a nice, tight seal around it, and the center sealer will seal the film. At the same time it goes by the cutter head, that cutter head is going to cut the front of every packaging making a front and back. The packaging coming out of the Ossids are a premium packaging that we can send to our customers and be proud of. With the Ossids, we get that premium packaging, we get a nice seal on the front, the bottom, the top, and then it's presentable.”

To keep pace with the more than 860 thousand broilers processed per week, Miller poultry's 13 overwrappers cannot afford any unplanned downtime. That is where Ossid’s responsive customer service team proves its worth. A relationship with the longevity of Ossid and Miller poultry is based on dependable service, collaboration, results, and most importantly, trust.

“It's been a good partnership with Ossid, they've treated us well with both service and parts and machine availability when we needed to grow and needed machines. Brian and Jason just do a good job with customer service and the whole team does, for that matter, we just enjoy the relationship."