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Article | January 15, 2013
Cermex Inc: Top-loading case packer for personal care industry
With a speed of 40 CPM, the new FlexiCase multi-function, top-loading case packer (forming/loading/sealing) from Cermex is an efficient solution for the packing of personal and home care plastic bottles of all sizes, shapes, and strengths.
Seventeen servomotors for the various functions help ensure fluidity and accuracy, and help maintain product and packaging integrity. The FlexiCase footprint is just 20m x 20m. Several product collating modules can be used with the FlexiCase, with the choice of either Stop & Go or continuous technology, according to speed and bottle criteria. The case packer features compact vertical forming: the footprint has been divided by 3 compared to a traditional horizontal forming solution. The cases are extracted vertically and descend positively via a chute to be opened and then transferred to the lower flap sealing station. Six servomotors hold and guide the cases to completely safeguard the process. At a level of 900 mm, the case magazine is very ergonomic in order to facilitate reloading by the operator. Depending on the case dimensions, 1 to X cases are packed at a time (usually 1 to 3). This configuration reduces the packing speed by handling a maximum number of products and cases at the same time with a slower movement. Without reducing the overall speed of the machine and the line, the machine limits the risks inherent to the critical product-to-packaging phase (gripping/transfer/loading).
The FlexiCase is equipped with a Cermex numerical axis gantry. Totally modular, the machine offers the possibility of integrating third-party polyarticulated robots. Three servomotors and a positive lateral-band drive facilitate the kinematics of the hot melt gluing operation to obtain quality case folding, squaring, and pressing while eliminating bumping. A sealing alternative using adhesive tape is also available. The packer has a cantilever structure allowing walk-in access into the heart of the machine. Its modular logic can also be found in the automation and control structure. Developed in compliance with the OMAC standard, all of the functions are broken down into autonomous sub-programs to facilitate machine operation and maintenance. The input menu of the HMI is in line with this logic. The 17 servomotors integrated into the machine not only provide smooth and accurate movements, they also make adjustments and optimization easier. Options available include: anticorrosion pack, essential for caustic products; automation pack for format changeovers; green packs to reduce air and power consumption.
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