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Serpa Casepacker gets new servo modules

Serpa’s all-servo P200 Balcony Casepaker now uses PacDrive Intelligent Servo Modules to maximum advantage for pharmaceutical applications.

Serpa Packaging Solutions has made its all-servo P200 Balcony Casepacker even more compact, accessible and validation-ready.

Equipping the machine with ELAU’s PacDrive automation system means that a change management system and modular, pre-tested and simple to validate software are built-in. Using Intelligent Servo Modules that eliminate conventional servo drives, Serpa has shrunk the electrical cabinet and taken advantage of the balcony design for easy access to the integrated servo modules and other components.

Accessible, simple

The packaging side of the casepacker is completely accessible from the operator side, including the load station. A patent pending, positive dual vacuum case erector feeds a vacuum assisted walking beam that presents squared up cases to a telescoping funnel for accurate product loading.

The operator panel, a Magelis XBTGT5230 from Schneider Electric, also provide accessibility on another level, with connectivity options that include USB, Ethernet and serial communications, plus multilingual font and language support, ease of use and configuration, and support for third party drivers.

There are no flight lugs that could skew or conveyor belts to pinch product. The simplified design means there are fewer parts to time in, so startups are fast. Changeovers are accomplished in under 5 minutes. Hot glue and tape sealing are both available.

Standard range, up to 30 cpm

The standard range packs a minimum case size of 6” L x 5” W x 4.5_ and a maximum of 20” L x 13”W x 13”D. Larger ranges are also available. Machine footprint is just 6’ 5” wide and 8’ 3” long with a 4’ long case magazine. Fully automatic Serpa casepackers can operate at speeds up to 30 cases per minute and are available in side load, bottom load and wrap-around configurations to handle trays, RSC cases and other case types. Machines may also be customized.

Serpa’s P200 Casepackers and P100 Balcony Cartoners are both designed from the ground up for pharmaceutical applications and are therefore “validation friendly.” In addition, Serpa offers FDA validation services, full GAMP documentation, validation protocols and field execution.

The company also specializes in turnkey packaging lines for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and personal care industries that integrate Serpa cartoners, casepackers and traypackers as well as primary packaging filling and sealing, laners, feeders, vision inspection, checkweighers and other specialty automation equipment.

About Serpa

Located in the in the central California community of Visalia, Serpa Packaging Solutions has grown steadily over the past 20 years due to innovation and founder Fernando Serpa’s strong focus on customer service. With a customer base consisting of some of the world’s large companies, Serpa has a major presence in the pharmaceutical, personal care, cosmetics and medical device industries.

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About ELAU

ELAU equips over $1 billion worth of the world’s best machines annually, with over 35,000 PacDrive systems already deployed in packaging machinery worldwide. PacDrive is the first truly integrated automation architecture, capable of performing the functions of PLC, motion control, robotics, temperature control, PLS, MES data interface and more in a single, standards-based software environment.

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