Easy Seal Crimpers for heat sealing flexible packaging films on horizontal flow wrappers are now available from Greener Corp. (Beachwood, NJ). Crimpers are used to make end seals on cookie, cracker, snack cake and candy bar packages.
The new Flowtronic 120SF wrapping machine from GEI Intl. (Exton, PA) can produce up to 1ꯠ packs/min. Suitable for the confectionery industry, the machine features an Allen-Bradley PanelView(TM) 600 color display unit for tool-free adjustment of key parameters.
A state-of-the-art line at Voortman Cookies in Canada uses 10 vision-guided robots to simultaneously pack cookies into five trays at 1걄 cookies/min. Saves C$450ꯠ/yr in labor costs and provides 10-minute tool-less changeover.
High output and quick, tool-less changeover were wrapper features that were persuasive to Nabisco's Lifesavers Division. Throughput is up at least 15% with servo-driven wrapping of individual hard candies.