TNA Solutions helps Mister Bee Potato Chips increase production capacity by 400%

27 June 2023

TNA Solutions, a global supplier of integrated food processing and packaging solutions, has partnered with Mister Bee Potato Chips, an iconic American brand founded in 1951, to revolutionise its snack production and enable it to realise its ambitious goals going forward. TNA completely redesigned and optimised the company’s manufacturing site in Parkersburg, West Virginia, achieving a remarkable 400% capacity increase.

As the new owners of Mister Bee, the West Virginia Potato Chip Company recognised the need for a comprehensive upgrade to the existing frying and packaging machines, which were outdated and not suitable for meeting growing market demands. The vision was clear: to create a manufacturing environment that could accommodate expansion while delivering exceptional product quality.
Working closely with Mister Bee's operations manager, TNA’s expert engineers identified critical process improvements and proposed a tailored solution. The collaboration began with the meticulous redesign of the manufacturing space leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as Microsoft’s Hololens. This step ensured that the revamped facility was optimised for efficiency and productivity ahead of integration by TNA.

Once the space was mapped out, the installation of the TNA robag® 3ci, a state-of-the-art vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) packaging system, followed. Equipped with the rotary double jaw and patented stripper tube closer, the robag® 3ci is capable of ultra-high speeds up to 150 bags per minute (bpm). The inclusion of TNA's patented auto connect and unload assist technology streamlined operations. It facilitated seamless changeovers with minimal manpower, further improving overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

The results of the collaboration were outstanding. Mister Bee's chip capacity output skyrocketed, allowing it to meet increasing demand without compromising on product quality. Mary Anne Ketelsen, President of Mister Bee, expressed her satisfaction with the outcome, stating, “Previous machinery could only run 20-25 bpm, whereas now with my new TNA machines, I can run 100-115 bpm. A very big upgrade.”

Furthermore, TNA’s turnkey, end-to-end, single source approach means the company stands by every element, and this was demonstrated by its swift action in rectifying a small design defect during the integration process. Welders were promptly dispatched at TNA's expense to ensure the optimal functioning of the machinery, leaving Mary Anne Ketelsen and her team impressed by TNA's dedication to their success.

This successful partnership marked just the beginning of a long-term relationship between TNA solutions and Mister Bee. In subsequent years, Mister Bee has invested in additional TNA machinery, including a new fryer, further solidifying its trust in TNA's outstanding service, superior machinery, and consistent results. Mary Anne Ketelsen expects this fruitful collaboration to continue driving their growth and innovation for years to come.

To read the full case study on how TNA worked with Mister Bee, click here.

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Photo caption: President of West Virginia Potato Chip Company Mary Anne Ketelsen

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About TNA solutions
TNA solutions is a global leader in food processing and packaging solutions, committed to helping people succeed responsibly in a changing world. With over 40 years of experience, TNA’s global team of experts have installed more than 14,000 systems in over 120 countries. The company creates and sustains solutions that help customers realise goals and exceed their expectations, with performance, responsibility, and a customer-centric approach at the core of the business. A collaborative, consultative approach ensures measurable results and lasting success, with solutions designed to evolve and perform over time. As an inclusive partner, TNA supports a growth agenda that goes beyond business, emphasising its commitment to people, prosperity and the planet in harmony. TNA is a powerful advocate of social justice, and aims to support children in disadvantaged communities through education, healthcare, and social enterprise programmes, through the humanitarian initiatives undertaken by the Nadia and Alf Taylor Foundation.
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