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M and P Engineering.

M and P Engineering

M and P (Engineering) Ltd is one of only a handful of genuinely British-based designers and builders of quality food processing machinery. The company has recently been undergoing a major facelift, under the direction of Frank Berry, chairman and managing director of this now independent engineering company.

Starting life over sixtyyears ago as the Food Engineering Division of Mather and Platt Ltd, M and P has been owned by three different food groups over the past decade.

Fraberry Engineers Ltd of Trafford Park, Manchester, having a long association with M and P, purchased the company from Campbell's (UK) Ltd almost twelve months ago. Since that time, a large extension to the factory has been completed giving almost 20 percent more assembly area along with additional overhead lifting facilities.

Product quality is paramount at M and P, a key selling point in an ever- increasingly competitive marketplace, which helped them gain recent orders valued at 400,000 [pounds] from H.J. Heinz and Lion Foods. The majority of the machinery supplied from their factory is customised to meet specific end-user requirements, with the company regularly working in close cooperation with clients to develop an idea or theme. A newly installed CAD system in the design engineering department has greatly improved speed and efficiency in this latter respect.

Research and Development

The company constantly invest in research and development on their complete range of machines in order to keep in the forefront of machinery builders.

This investment has already led to the introduction of various optional extras on machines such as PLC control of fill volume and height adjustment. Also change-over parts for differing container sizes are now more easily changed by quick release mechanisms that can be handled entirely by the machine operator.

Another R and D development introduced to satisfy customer demand is CIP, which is now available on all machines as an optional extra.


A comprehensive range of rotary fillers for both liquid and solid products is built by M and P, constructed predominantly from stainless steel and customised to individual product requirements. Particular emphasis is placed on line layout versatility, accuracy of fill and hygiene. This family of machines, incorporating a number of common and highly desirable design features, employes the latest control technology with software programmes available for servo feed back control, providing automatic and immediate in-motion fill weight adjustment.

Rotary Piston Fillers

Their rotary piston fillers, suitable for a wide range of viscous and semi viscous products, are capable of fill volumes from 50ml up to and including 5 litres at speeds up to 1000 containers per minute.

Individual piston calibration, available with this machine, ensures the highest possible level of fill accuracy with the additional facility of microprocessor-based performance monitoring.

Their rotary piston filler can be supplied in monobloc with cappers, rinsers, etc, and/or in a totally integrated group with the solids filler and any of the major can seaming machines.

Rotary Solids Filler

Their range of Rotary Solids Fillers is extensively used by the major food canners at operating speeds up to 1000 cans per minute. These highly sophisticated machines are suitable for filling both wet and dry solid products over a wide range of filling volumes. They incorporate a product measuring system designed to suit the particular product being handled rather than the container, thus optimising both filling efficiency and accuracy of fill.

Typical of the detailed attention to design is the unique 'no-can-no-fill' system, using individual cut-off pads beneath the pockets, thus totally eliminating the detrimental effects of product waste or damage, giving added cleanliness to the operation.

This feature, particularly important when dealing with dry and/or abrasive products, ensures the gentlest of handling, enhancing product quality and providing the ultimate in hygiene and spill-free filling.

M and P's wide experience in this field enables them to offer precisely the right product feed system to suit the particular nature of the products being filled.

Single Piston Fillers

A more recent extension to their product range is the pneumatically operated single piston filler designed for greater versatility of operation and to accommodate a much wider range of product.

This compact and economic unit, available in its simplest form with foot pedal actuation, employs a unique direct cylinder charging feature aimed at providing the very gentlest of product handling.

These precision-built machines, available in a range of models providing a fill capacity of up to 5 litres, with a single operation and a variety of filling nozzle options, are capable of being dismantled for cleaning and re-assembled in a matter of minutes.

The most basic filling unit is also readily adaptable to single or multi-lane systems incorporating tub dispensing and lidding in a totally automatic PLC-controlled unit for higher speed continuous production requirements.

Onion Peeling

A further result of the attention paid to research and development at M and P is the introduction of the Mark 2 version of the large onion peeling system.

The new machine has the same capacity as the earlier version but is much more compact in size, with associated floor space savings. It is less expensive and benefits from modular construction, ensuring ease of shipment and simple cost-effective installation. Operator comfort has been greatly enhanced and the unit is fitted with a self diagnostic fault finding system as standard.

The company has a wealth of experience in this field with the highly successful and proven dry peeling concept and can justifiably claim to be amongst the leaders in the design and manufacture of this type of equipment. Built to satisfy the increasingly exacting demands of food processors the Mark 2 onion peeler will effectively handle in excess of 6500 premium quality onions per hour.

Turnkey Projects

A beneficial offshoot of their expertise is the ability to handle complete turnkey operations from initial design concept through to installation and final commissioning. Their design and application engineers specify the machinery and layout the complete plant, they manufacture and procure the correct equipment and install and commission it to meet customer guarantee requirements. They will also maintain the plant on a regular basis and offer a total spares and service back-up facility.

Customer Service

M and P prides itself on customer service after-care and, being British-based, has engineers available to give an immediate response to urgent breakdown situations in addition to handling regular maintenance calls. A comprehensive stock of regularly used spare parts is readily available for immediate despatch.

To assist in this, records, including documentation and engineering drawings, are held on micro-film for all equipment manufactured and supplied as far back as the original Mather and Plattbuilt machines of the 1930s and 40s, several of which several are still operating.

Customer Facilities

A customer trial facility for their full range of filling machines is available at the factory. Samples of product can be passed through the various fillers to simulate full scale operation, providing the opportunity to check performance prior to purchase.

As a further service to customers, M and P are currently holding an ongoing exhibition in their recently extended factory. Graphic displays, video presentations and fully operational fillers will be on show until the end of this year.

PHOTO : The new Mark 2 onion peeler

PHOTO : A single piston filler
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Title Annotation:makers of food processing machinery based in England
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Date:Sep 1, 1991
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