Nimo-KG launches new belt lift: “Great hygiene benefits for the food industry”


Martin Olsson, MD at Nimo-KG that recently launched a new belt-driven lift.

Better hygiene and easier maintenance. These are some of the benefits of Nimo-KG’s new belt-driven lift. The company from Skåne, Sweden, designed the lift following requests from companies in several different industries and countries, including a major German manufacturer of process equipment for the food industry.

“So far, we’ve sold the new lift to companies that produce salads and charcuterie. But it’s suitable for all kinds of production in the food industry, and the lift’s hygiene aspects are of particular benefit,” says Martin Olsson, MD at Nimo-KG.

Nimo-KG supplies several different kinds of lifts for use in e.g. the charcuterie segment. The lifts are well suited anywhere in the food industry where product in a container must be lifted and emptied. When a German process equipment manufacturer sought a belt-driven lift, Nimo-KG developed the new SK 800 MKB lift.

Instead of using a chain, the lift is driven with belts. This has many advantages, but also requires a more complex design. Belts lead to better hygiene and easier maintenance; they’re easier to clean, they can withstand harsh chemicals and need no lubrication or tensioning.

“The belt lift is suitable for companies with demanding production processes and high standards of hygiene. The German customer already had a belt lift, but one with major technical problems. We’re therefore pleased with the confidence they’ve shown in us and proud to have solved their problems by creating a new, reliable solution.”

Experts in customisation

Nimo-KG supplies tailored solutions for internal product handling to customers all over the world. Since it began, the company has continually developed its range of machines and equipment, adapting them according to their customers’ widely diverse needs. Nimo-KG always takes part from start to finish and takes care of any adjustments and additions.

“Our strong side is customisation. Because container sizes, emptying heights and accessible spaces are just some of the conditions that vary continuously, each and every machine is designed individually. This also applies to our new belt lift,” says Martin Olsson, MD at Nimo-KG.

Nimo-KG presents new generation of lifting and tipping equipment at IFFA, the World’s largest trade fair for the meat industry

IFFA

There is no better place to introduce the next generation’s product handling machine than at one of the World’s largest food trade fairs. Therefore, Nimo-KG will bring the newly developed single column lift SKV 300 C4 to IFFA, the World’s leading international trade fair for the meat industry, which will be held in Frankfurt between 4 and 9 May.

“Nimo-KG is a supplier of machines and equipment for all of the food industry, but meat and charcuterie are our major customer segments. Therefore, IFFA is a suitable forum for us to introduce the latest in product handling from Sweden and Skåne,” says Peter Becker, sales manager for Germany at Nimo-KG.

Over the years, Nimo-KG’s lifting and tipping equipment has made the Skåne company a well-known name in the food industry. The previous year’s Nimo-KG attendance at IFFA have resulted in several orders, including from Hong Kong and Singapore. IFFA gathers more than 60,000 visitors from 140 different countries.

“IFFA is a unique meeting place for the international meat industry with visitors from all over the world. The goal is to network both with potential final customers and resellers on the international market.”

I addition to the new single column lift Nimo-KG will go to Frankfurt with another newly developed machine – SKV 300 HA-T is an upgraded version of the company’s hydraulic tipping machine for trolleys.

“The trade fair is a unique opportunity to show and demonstrate the newly developed machines. Here, we will have the opportunity to receive feedback and suggestions from resellers and potential clients. Customised and tailor-made is our specialty, and therefore it’s valuable to get access to the opinions of the end users already during the development phase.”

All the staff from Nimo-KG will go to Frankfurt and IFFA, both to meet up with existing resellers, make contacts and to find new inspiration.

“It is important for our designers to be there in person to see the latest innovations and how food production is developing, since our machines are a natural part of this development. We look forward to a rewarding and inspirational week in Frankfurt,” says Peter Becker.

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Requests for improved hygiene and safety behind Nimo KG’s increased sales in Canada

Nimo-KG is selling more single and two-column lifts than ever to the Canadian manufacturing industry. In 2018, one of this Swedish company’s distributors in Canada contributed to a considerable increase in orders received.

“It is primarily the Canadian foodstuffs and pharmaceutical industries that use our lifts. They regard them as the market’s most safe and hygienic machines,” explains Carina Thern, Area Sales Manager at Nimo-KG.

Nimo-KG has been delivering lifts to Canada for many years, however, 2018 turned out as a record year. The Nimo-KG distributors in the country report that increased awareness of hygiene and safety are deciding factors in the growing demand for single and two-column lifts.

“These lifts are designed to ensure uncompromising hygienic standards in a given production setting, which of course is an important element in the foodstuffs industry. By customising the machines to the specific production systems of our clients, we help them to always meet their demands on hygiene,” says Carina Thern, and she continues:

“In Canada, there are currently also efforts under way to reduce work-related injuries in the manufacturing sector. Production equipment upgrades constitute one part of this effort, and here our lifts stand out as one of the solutions since they guarantee a very high level of safety to the operators.”

Carina is confident that Nimo-KG will continue to increase its deliveries to North America, chiefly by maintaining a high level of satisfaction among its customers.

“As an OEM supplier, customer satisfaction is the best way to expand our cooperation with the distributors and this way deliver even more machines during 2019.”

The single-column lift is setting sales records – a new generation will soon be introduced

Nimo-KG is selling more single-column lifts than ever. In 2018, 110 lifts were delivered to manufacturing industries around the world and now the company from Skåne, Sweden is in full swing with the development of the next generation single-column lifts that are scheduled to hit the market by mid-year.

“We are capturing new market shares as a growing number of industries are becoming aware of our lifts, and the increase in sales will continue into the new year. Among other things, the new generation of single-column lifts has an updated design and several new features that will improve both ergonomics and safety,” says Martin Olsson, CEO of Nimo-KG.

Of the 110 lifts with the designation SKV 300 C3 sold by Nimo-KG in 2018, most were delivered to the food industry, in particular to the meat packing industry in Sweden, Germany, Norway and France.

“Europe is our biggest market, but we sell to customers all over the world and to a wide range of industries. One example is our recent delivery of a special solution with a single-column lift to a manufacturer of halogen lamps who needed a new way of handling discarded lamps without the risk of glass splinters being spread over the premises.

To meet the growing demand and to increase production capacity, Nimo-KG has implemented a number of measures, including the recruitment of Per-Erik Skeppstedt as new Electrical Manager of the company’s newly started department for industrial automation.

“Having that type of in-house expertise means that we can take on more projects since lead times can be shortened, but first and foremost that we now have full quality assurance even on this part of the product design process. Even though we are selling increasingly more machines, the most important thing is to always ensure that we maintain the highest quality in every machine we deliver.”

Some examples of new features on the upgraded single-column lift, SKV 300 C4, are the possibility of full-cover chain protection, a safer and more ergonomic trolley catch and a new solution for the chain tensioner.

“It is in our dialogue with our customers that we receive feedback about their specific needs and this is how we can further improve our machines. The upgrades we are now implementing are based on this feedback,” says Martin Olsson.

Swedish company equips Switzerland’s largest bakery

In the Swiss city of Schafisheim just outside Zurich, Coop operates the country’s largest bakery. When some of its equipment needed to be upgraded, the first priority was to install tippers that could handle the heavy, compact doughs. The assignment went via dealer Neumeyer AG to Nimo-KG, a company from little Kågeröd in Skåne, Sweden, that manufactures customized food processing machines.

“The challenge was to modify the machines to tip out the dough quickly and effectively and then remove all of the remaining dough from the container. After a visit to the bakery to see for ourselves what needed to be done, we came up with a solution the customer was very pleased with, and which streamlined the production line,” says Eva Johansson, a seller at Nimo-KG.

The Coop bakery in Switzerland produces 60,000 tonnes of bread every year. In this kind of production, all of the equipment has to work faultlessly every day. To handle the compact doughs in the best way, Nimo-KG fitted the tippers with two motors that constantly rotate the machine’s containers, which causes the dough to detach from the rims.

“Then we designed a special pneumatic dough scraper to remove the remaining pieces of dough from the tipper. It’s a solution we’ve used in earlier assignments, and it also turned out to be perfect for Coop’s production.”

Nimo-KG was founded 60 years ago, and every year it delivers more than 200 machines to customers all over the world. Even though every assignment is different, the company’s approach is always the same.

“No matter the size of the customer or the job, we always have the same approach and focus on customized food processing machines to suit every customer’s unique production environments and requirements. The machines work just as well in Switzerland’s biggest bakery as they do here in our local bakery back home in Sweden.”

When the specially adapted tippers were delivered to the Coop bakery in November, Nimo-KG was there to help with the installation.

“The machines are working as intended, and the customer is very pleased. Should any new requirements pop up for Coop in the future, we’ll do everything we can to meet them, too,” says Eva Johansson.

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Lantmännen opts for tailor-made bakery solutions

After 20 years with the same machines and unrelenting disruptions to production, Lantmännen Unibake decided to update some of its production equipment at its bakery in Copenhagen. The goal was to find a supplier who could deliver tailor-made bakery solutions for Lantmännen’s unique production line; they found the solution at Nimo-KG in Skåne, Sweden.

“Many machine manufacturers have a fixed range of lifting and tipping equipment that cannot be adapted or modified. This is where Nimo-KG is far ahead of its industry colleagues; they took a look at our production and came with proposals for adapting their machines to our process. They took care of the entire process from concept and design to installation,” says Kenneth Staal, technical manager at Lantmännen Unibake.

Production is round-the-clock, seven days a week at Lantmännen Unibake’s bakery in the outskirts of Copenhagen. With the aim of increasing their production rate, they contacted Nimo-KG from Skåne, Sweden, which supplies tailor-made equipment for product handling to the food industry worldwide.

“Just like production companies in any industry, companies in the bakery industry have their own unique conditions and challenges, and therefore need tailor-made bakery solutions. Our challenge, which is the thing we find most rewarding, is to design solutions that ensure our customer’s needs are met,” says Anders Pålsson of Nimo-KG.

As technical manager at Lantmännen Unibake, Kenneth Staal has collaborated with many equipment suppliers. The reason they opted for Nimo-KG was not only its expertise in finding unique solutions for the bakery’s existing production line, but also the high quality of their machines.

“Since Nimo-KG installed the three new lifting and tipping machines a year ago, we have had no downtime at all,” said Kenneth Staal.

Lantmännen’s bakery in Copenhagen will very likely enjoy the company of more lifting and tipping machines in the future.

“We are extremely satisfied with the equipment and its tiptop reliability. If we need to expand our equipment pool or replace machines in the future, we’ll call Nimo-KG right away.”

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IFFA participation pays off – new orders from Hong Kong and Singapore

Nimo-KG has during the last months delivered several single column lifts to Hong Kong and Singapore. The orders are direct results of the company’s participation at the trade fair IFFA.

– The two companies, one from Hong Kong and one from Singapore, first came in contact with us at IFFA in Frankfurt and then returned with order requests. We have for many years invested in our participation at IFFA and these orders show that it’s a successful strategy, says Eva Johansson, Sales Manager at Nimo-KG.

One single column lift was delivered to Singapore at the end of last year, and Nimo-KG recently received a new request from Hong Kong for five single lifts of the model SKV 300 C3.

– Nimo-KG offers tailor made machines for internal product handling. The fact that potential customers are able to see first-hand how the machines work and will fit into their production at exhibitions such as at the trade fair IFFA is therefore valuable both for us and for them, says Eva Johansson.

Nimo-KG:s lifting and tipping equipment

Nimo-KG designs and manufactures internal product handling machines. The company’s lifting and unloading equipment (KG lift) has made the company a well-known brand in the manufacturing and food industry over the years. Every year more than 200 machines are delivered to customers all over the world.

Nimo KG: Swedish engineering, global sales

Design, construction, production and assembly – it’s easy to believe that these few words suffice to describe technical Swedish engineering company Nimo KG’s work process. But the Swedish company is one of Europe’s leading producers of machines for the manufacturing industry, and as a result its ecosystem is much more complex. Each project presents unique challenges in terms of project management, engineering and creativity together with logistics, communication and customer relationships.

“Projects involve our sales people, designers and technicians working closely together, which provides a secure and stable production process on which the client can rely – from when the order is placed until the machines go into operation”, says Martin Olsson, MD of Nimo-KG.

Nimo-KG has designed and built machines for industrial product handling since 1958. The company’s work process has developed over many years and each new order begins with a thorough needs analysis.

“As a Swedish engineering company, an essential prerequisite is finding out exactly what the customer needs. The same machines and needs for two different customers can result in a very different final execution. We always start each new customer collaboration by carrying out a needs assessment. This means collecting the necessary information from the customer by asking the right questions. If they are a new customer that we don’t know, we often visit them on site to get a clearer image. Based on this we can provide suggestions both in terms of machine solutions and work processes, and then our designers can get to work”, says Peter. Becker, sales representative at Nimo-KG.

Experience benefits the customers

However, sometimes even a thorough needs analysis is not sufficient because problems that even the customer cannot foresee can occur in the customer’s production process. And it’s in situations like these that Nimo-KG’s long experience of different types of industrial product handling plays a decisive role.

“A great deal of our work in the design and construction phases involves predicting all possible problems and limitations that may occur during the customer’s production process. Whether this involves minor changes or major adaptations, our customers know that we will resolve this for them.”, says Lars Andersson, who has been production manager at Swedish engineering company Nimo-KG since 2010.

Nimo-KG works both with manufacturing companies in Sweden and with major international industrial names around the world.

“We are a relatively small company in comparison with our customers and the scale of the projects we manage. The fact that we are a leading actor on the international market depends to a large extent on the fact that all of our employees have expertise and experience that many others simply don’t possess”, says Martin Olsson, Nimo-KG’s MD.

Time to start building

When the design is finished and approved, the actual production work begins. Nimo-KG collaborates with external machine builders both at home in Sweden and in all of Europe. This is a prerequisite for working with customers around the world.

“We have suppliers both at home and in Poland, which is a great advantage, for example when we work with customers in Germany. It reduces delivery times and means that we are nearer the customer. This stage also requires continual communication between us and the supplier to ensure that everything is being done to the specifications we have drawn up together with the customer”, says Peter Becker.

Monitoring and evaluation

When the machines are complete, Nimo-KG carries out an extensive inspection to ensure that everything works as planned.

“We check every machine based on the conditions that will apply during the customer’s production process; for example, we run tests with the same weights and loads. When the machine has been inspected, it is delivered to the customer. Some customers handle the installation themselves, and sometimes we carry out the commissioning process for them – it entirely depends on the customer’s wishes. So in many cases we are involved from the placing of the order until the machines are started up on site”, says Lars Andersson.

When the machines are in operation, Nimo-KG carries out regular visits to inspect the machines, in addition to when the customer contacts the company for tips or advice.

“We always adapt everything to the customer and remain as flexible as possible, which means always being available for all of our customers, regardless of whether they are a factory in Sweden or in Germany. Nimo-KG is a company that builds on knowledge and experience – and that’s what we offer our customers”, says Martin Olsson, MD of Nimo-KG.

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New order from Canada

Earlier this year, Nimo-KG delivered three SK 800 MK2 twin-column lifts and 30 pcs 420-litre stainless steel trollies to a client in southern Europe. The company has now received an identical order, this time from Canada.

– It’s the same end customer. They have factories all over the world and this follow-up order shows that they’re satisfied with our twin-column lifts, says Eva Johansson, sales person at Nimo-KG.

The supplier that came in with the order to Nimo-KG had clear directives from their client – they wanted Nimo-KG’s machines for the Canada-factory. Eva Johansson has been in close contact with the client during the delivery process.

– When you handle liquid products, as our client does, it requires some adaptions of the equipment, and we’ve had a good dialogue during that process. We often design new or specially made solutions to satisfy every individual customer’s needs.

 

Nimo-KG designs and manufactures internal product handling machines. The company’s lifting and unloading equipment (KG lift) has made the company a well-known brand in the manufacturing and food industry over the years. Every year more than 200 machines are delivered to customers all over the world. Newsdesk.

“2015 was another record year”

Nimo-KG is showing record results for the second year in a row. Reinforcements on the design side, increased demand, the Findus order and an entirely new product on the market are just some of the reasons why 2015 was another record year for the Skåne-based company.

“We started the year strongly with a number of new orders at the same time that we completed several deliveries. That led to the strongest year in the company’s history”, says Martin Olsson, MD of Nimo-KG.

Nimo-KG increased its turnover from 43.2 MSEK in 2014 to 56.2 MSEK in 2015. This is the second year in a row that the company has achieved a record result. The completed delivery to Findus was one of the reasons for this success, but even without the Findus order the Skåne-based company would have had a record year.

“We expanded both in Sweden and overseas with a number of large orders. At the same time, we reinforced our expertise with a new design engineer and moved into new offices, which provided a boost for the whole company.”

Nimo-KG’s goal for the forthcoming year is to maintain a continued stable turnover level with an annual growth of 8-10%.

“We have an exciting year before us, with new collaborations in both Sweden and internationally, including an OEM order from Portugal, and the launch of a new generation of single column lifts. The basis for our success is continuing to offer high-quality solutions to our customers’ problems and needs”, says Martin Olsson, MD of Nimo-KG.

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