Shampoo and conditioner. Peanut butter and jelly. Cleanser and moisturizer. Berry and vanilla yogurt. Swirl filling is the latest packaging technique to visually entice consumers to purchase some of their favorite combinations in a single package.
Nuspark’s NTL 50 robotic case packer has proved quite popular, so what’s next? At PACK EXPO, the company announced its new NCP-15/25 single cell casepacker, combining the proven robotic flexibility with case erecting, loading and sealing in a single machine frame measuring just 160” long by 60” wide.
IMA North America launched UNILINE, a new system that integrates the functions required for a complete counting line: container loading, desiccant insertion, counting and filling, cotton insertion, capping, rejection and coding.
PneumaticScaleAngelus has developed a mass flow meter feedback capability for its fillers to control rate of rise of the filling head diving nozzles. It applies to the company’s new dual phase or swirl filling systems introduced last year as well as its conventional single product fillers.
It’s a horizontal case packer for doing a stand-up pack pattern with pillow style bags or standup pouches. It’s a vertical case packer, too. But most surprising of all, it’s a case packer that uses 3-axis delta robots.
It’s all the above. Pro Pack Systems’ latest innovation is something you don’t see every day – a delta 3 robotic case packer. And it packs both horizontal and vertical pack patterns. PACK EXPO booth N-4457.
'Experience innovation' was written on the wall of ELAU's interpack booth. In fact, the innovation seemed to be wherever you turned. And with nearly 240 ELAU-enabled packaging machines on display, this was literally true around some corners.
Product assembly, feeding and handling – Sortimat automates these upstream processes into systems that keep packaging lines running at full speed. They work with various consumer products, cosmetics, pharmaceutical delivery systems and medical devices, as Sortimat spokesperson Silke Fischer explains.
Highlighting the European trend toward fully automated servo changeover are Prasmatic's TC 450 Series continuous motion, full case, wrap-around case and tray packers. Combi tray/film and pad/film wrappers are also available.
Nuspark Engineering introduced its compact NTL-50 delta robotic top-loading case packing system at PACK EXPO prior to exhibiting at interpack. One of a small number of globally minded North American OEMs exhibiting at the fair, Nuspark has embraced the same ELAU technology that dominates the European packaging machinery industry
Consumers' expectations for high end cosmetics and pharmaceuticals call for the use of premium cartons and perfect overwraps. Full overwrapping combines an esthetic quality, protection, plus the ability to display product and regulatory information without detracting from the premium look of the carton once unwrapped.
For maximum carton size flexibility, independent ELAU servo axes drive each carton forming station on the Gemini Carton Former from 3S Packaging Technology. The maker of carton forming, loading, case packing, feeding and robotic systems designed the Gemini specifically for locking cartons.
Kallfass ran its Servo Jet 400 side sealing shrink wrap machine at interpack. Used in many different applications for shrink packaging and mailing, the Servo Jet leverages the precision of ELAU automation technology to use less film and form perfect seams.
AROL, part of Pneumatic Scale/Angelus, brought its Equatorque self-calibrating servo capper to interpack. The demonstration of a press-on cap application used a mechanical system to sense bottle orientation, while the servo capping heads turn the caps to match.
PRB Packaging Systems has addressed the pharmaceutical industry's requests for small footprint and 20% free cabinet space for expansion, using ELAU's compact servo technology. The Flexefar side loading servo case packer is a cantilever design, quick change machine and one of the smallest machines of its kind.
Theegarten-Pactec is well known for their incredibly high speed candy wrapping systems. But how to feed a shaped chocolate that must be oriented into the wrapper at speeds of 300 to 400 pieces per minute?
Senzani Group's ROBO.CASE/V15 is a robotic vertical case packing system. ROBO.PICK/SC is a robotic palletizer. Both utilize ELAU robotic control and servo solutions. The combined end-of-line system was on display at interpack.
The first thing you noticed at Buhmann Systeme's interpack booth was the quiet. Their Servokart C400 tray erector ran virtually silent and the mechanical operation was exceptionally smooth. That translates to gentle package handling and a mechanically solid machine.
Designed for economical small batch production, Pester Pac Automation's UVP2-k side loading servo case packer is 1 full meter shorter in length than their previous model to fit in space-restricted installations.
You may recall the May 2006 article featuring ACMA's ‘pocket pack' lozenge and candy cartons Now ACMA has expanded its offering to a family of value-added cartons – and the cartoning machinery to form, fill and seal them.
It's actually quite compact, seeing as it replaces 4 separate machines and the conveyors connecting them. But massive is still the best description for the three twin-delta robot arms running Oystar A+F's SetLine end-of-line packaging system. Mounted on top, the big ELAU servo motors powering the robots could be seen from aisles away.
In a booth filled with ELAU-equipped bagging systems, ICA's CSV40 Series Paket line demonstrated its ability to run multiple bag sizes and configurations, from simple pillow shaped bags to flat top and square bottom packs with longitudinal edge seams, tin-ties, degassing valves and gas flushing.
The F30 robotic vertical case packer from PRB is equally at home packing snack bars or shampoo bottles at speeds up to 20-30 cases per minute, and up to 100 individual products per minute. Find out why PRB has selected ELAU for its automation platform.
Weber's precise, high speed 904 high speed food slicer averages under 1% give-away -- with 0.2% common. That's especially important in a time of record high meat and dairy prices and transportation costs.
Crowds gathered to watch ELAU's latest delta 3 robot design, the Robot P3+, go through its paces. The 'pluses' in P3+ include an increased payload capacity and work envelope, Intelligent Servo Modules and new software integration with Cognex® vision systems.
Pro Pack Systems is rewriting the book on case erecting/bottom sealing
with its modular, recipe-driven, servo-adjusted, print-on-demand Pro
Print™ EBS 15 machine offering advanced Markem, ELAU and Nordson
Compact vertical and horizontal cartoning, case erecting & packing,
robotic pick & place – Nuspark does it all and more. And they
build customized solutions from pre-engineered packaging modules, a
perfect fit for ELAU Intelligent Servo Module technology.
Part 2 of a 2-part series on trends in packaging robotics. (Our previous report explored reasons for the proliferation of
purpose-built robotic capabilities in packaging machine designs. This
concluding article looks at applications and design considerations for
Martin Malthouse, founder and President of Associated Packaging
Equipment Corporation, described the servo version of its
Polystar® roll-fed labeling system his firm developed with
ELAU's PacDrive™ automation system. It is an in-line system
that uses servo-driven star wheels to achieve exceptional flexibility
New Invex™ case/tray packer, equipped with ELAU's PacDrive™ automation system, delivers Douglas Machine flexibility, repeatability, durability and ease of maintenance in economical, low speed, compact footprint.