'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.