IMA Erca, the packaging machinery manufacturer, has developed a new FFS machine for the Mexican dairy group LALA. This enables the dairy to manufacture technically sophisticated, filled snap-on lids for various yoghurt products itself. The company had previously purchased the snap-on lids externally. A new patent was developed for the FFS machine EF825 for the "Duomo" project, under which transparent plastic snap-on lids for yoghurt products are thermoformed and filled with cereals or other toppings such as puffed rice and chocolate balls. Both, polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) can be processed as materials for the lids. The fill quantity is regulated by volume or weight depending on the topping type. It is also possible to position in line with topping filling a small spoon into the cup lid. "Market requirements can change quickly" said Philippe Ley, Managing Director of IMA Erca. "That is why it was crucial that a future-proof solution be designed that copes with several materials and products." With an output of about 32,000 filled and sealed lids per hour the machine is also extremely efficient. The quality of the lids and filling process was also improved. The newly developed machine makes a degree of precision possible that was not achieved by the previously used pre-formed lids. "With the new IMA Erca machine we now have the entire value-added chain in our own hands" emphasizes Oscar Ordonez, General Manager of the LALA Group. "This increases our efficiency and makes us more independent".