The editors of PMMI Media Group (discovered a virtual event instead of a face-to-face expo) were separated and conquered to absorb as many PACK EXPO Connects as possible. This is what they see in the machinery category.
Due to the real success of flexible packaging in terms of sustainability and its ever-increasing popularity, it is not surprising that innovations in vertical and horizontal forming/filling/sealing systems are fully demonstrated on PACK EXPO Connects. Here, we briefly look at seven notable developments, starting from one
For liquid or semi-liquid filling applications, Triangle’s new XYTLF (vf/f/s) bagging machine (
According to the company, it can provide greater production, better sanitation, and material savings without providing a film contract. Designed for food service and other applications, including hot-filled and pumpable products, XYTLF-type packaging products such as soups, sauces, mashed potatoes, bread pastes and fruit fillings, as well as instant macaroni and cheese. The speed is up to 30 gallons per minute.
As demonstrated on PACK EXPO Connects, the XYTLF model can be integrated with Hinds-Bock pumps or other liquid fillers. Standard features of the Triangle X series include Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley ControlLogix, AB Kinetics servo drives and AB PowerFlex AC drives.
XYTLF type has a number of unique advantages, including the innovative design of servo filling and scraper holders, which improves productivity, thereby achieving higher accuracy, flexibility, clean sealing, no leakage and less air in the bag. . Since film contracts are not required, packers can choose their own film suppliers and better control material costs. The vf/f/s system is also a cost-saving alternative to rigid containers such as prefabricated bags or cans.
Features of the hygienic design include: quick removal of the sealing clamp and rear seal assembly for easy flushing; hygienic IP69K stainless steel motor with air purge function; and a rotatable control box for the four sides of the machine. Most importantly, optional features include ultrasonic sealing for higher speeds and 100% seal integrity, and check weight feedback for accurate filling.
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ISB vf/f/s solution (
) Designed to provide first-class hygienic design, modern industrial machine intelligence and intuitive operation for vertical filling and sealing packaging. In order to develop ISB (Intelligent Hygienic Packaging Machine), BW Flexible Systems conducted customer voice interviews in target markets (including fresh products, frozen/personal quick freezing (IQF) and cheese), asking about pain points and preferred functions.
Ed Haarsgaard, head of sales for new machines at BW Flexible Systems, said: "What we have heard in these conversations is that there is a need for an unparalleled hygienic design that is easy to replace, but also flexible and intuitive to operate." Haisen ISB provides powerful hygienic design and modern intelligent systems, thanks to our customer-centric approach and decades of rich packaging knowledge."
The entire machine has high-pressure flushing capabilities, including its human machine interface (HMI), which usually requires protection due to its sensitive components. The enclosure protection class of this vf/f/fs is IP66, NEMA 4X. Other sanitary features include its frame, which is an open channel design with slanted surfaces and the contact between the parts does not exceed 1 square inch.
In addition, Hayssen ISB uses supports and flange fasteners to eliminate secondary hardware such as gaskets. The film roll of the bagging machine can be completely disassembled without tools, and it is completely sealed with long-life bearings. In addition, the vacuum belt is a potential source of contamination and pathogen growth, so the friction belt has been eliminated.
Hayssen ISB's HMI can be equipped with cellular network functions to communicate with tablet computers for training opportunities without affecting production requirements. The system can self-diagnose potential problems in real time and automatically calculate program values to maximize performance.
Except for the sealing jaws, the conversion on Hayssen ISB does not require any tools. The machine has a straight-through film threading function, and its entire unwinding and film path are carefully designed, which can be adjusted immediately for film tracking. Use the laser measuring system to automatically manage and maintain the film tension.
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Mark Stenske, Service Manager
The brand, using PACK EXPO Connects, demonstrated how Matrix bagging provides an innovative way to pack single and multiple pillow bags in outer packaging or main packaging.
The Matrix Elete bagging machine is essentially two machines in the same rack. In the demonstration, a bagging machine above is feeding another bagging machine below a single fence. In the application of ground coffee, the upper part packs the product in heat-sealed filter paper bags, and the lower part packs these bags in metalized film packaging. The filter paper material roll and foil film roll are on the back of the machine. At the front, when the vertical sealing strip intermittently seals the top, the traction belt advances the upper filter paper, and the end sealing jaws separate each filter paper bag and place them in the funnel to introduce the second part of the machine.
There, pull the belt again at the bottom to advance the film, this time with a metalized film, which has a horizontal seal to form an end seal, and separate each metalized film bag with a knife. All programs are saved in the recipe and can be called in future runs.
Another application on display includes filling small single-serve candy bags of registered film into transparent plastic film at a ratio of 10:1, which is equivalent to 90 primary bags/minute and 9 secondary transparent bags/minute.
The third application is the coffee filter bag again. A unique side-mounted jaw clamp is used in the upper machine to make the filter paper bag round to match the filter basket of the coffee brewing machine. This means that when the sachets leave the initial jaws of the side-turning, they will be oriented vertically and must be reoriented through a transition funnel that rotates the bag 90 degrees to fit the lower bag.
In all cases, these two parts are independently controlled through the touch screen HMI, and the length, temperature and sealing time are independently set. The clear shell allows you to easily enter the operating window to monitor performance and correct any problems.
During the demonstration, participants asked how to ensure the safe transfer of bags from top to bottom.
"The transfer is straightforward. In the upper machine, the finished bag is formed almost inside the top of the forming tube of the lower machine," Stenske said. "After making the top seal and cutting and releasing the bag, it will fall directly into the second bag. The machines communicate with each other, so when the top machine makes the bag, the bottom machine is ready to accept it and go through it automatically. It's looping."
Other applications include snacks, mixed feeds, and even single-use pet food. As shown in the picture, Spee-Dee's auger filler is used in coffee applications.
"Almost any product you want to run in a bag, we can do it," Stenske concluded.
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, Its multifunctional XPdius Elite 1700 vertical bagging machine (
) The bag can be filled up to 17 inches (width) x 24 inches (length), which includes film tracking, removable drawstrings without tools, forming tubes and film rolls. A video about the new large-format launch is available in the virtual showroom of PACK EXPO Connects. Available options include bag liner attachments, gas flushing, hole punches, peeling notches, polyethylene sealing components, rotatable bag supports, bag tapers for product settlement, and batch number printing.
The XPdius vertical bagging machine can produce up to 3,000 large-format bags per hour. It includes dual servo motors and drives for its drawstring components and horizontal sealing jaws. These drives ensure complete control of acceleration, deceleration and positioning, while ensuring high performance throughout the production process.
The XPdius vf/f/s machine can be integrated with any auxiliary weighing filling machine, including Paxiom's own PrimoCombi multi-head weighing machine, Star Auger powder filling machine or PrimoLinear net weight filling machine.
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Now turning to the hf/f/s aspect of things, let’s
Is a company of Coesia, the company launched Connects SC + machine on PACK EXPO (
). Wolpark said that what sets it apart is that the roll-on-roll unwinding module and the rotating tower on which the pouches are filled and sealed are based on the principle of continuous motion. Generally, they are more likely to be intermittent exercise operations. Since the film fed into the machine is constantly tensioned without having to stop the pulling or stopping, the tension on the film is much smaller. This greatly reduces the chance of membrane rupture, especially where thin films are involved.
The forming of the bag is done on a module, which is no different from the system provided by Volpak in the past and is done on the basis of intermittent movement. However, when the formed pouches need to be transferred to the filling turret, the machine will resume continuous motion again. Use a bag grabber to open each pouch, blow it open, stretch it open, fill it and seal it.
Volpac said that the first installation of the machine was carried out in an Argentine manufacturer that produces 950ml bags of liquid detergent, and they run at a speed of 280/min. The company also added that the system now being developed will use a similar bag, but will be cut at a 45-degree angle so that the corner fitting can be used to pour the spout. Two other things are worth noting. There are three versions of SC+. It is foreseeable that it is a minicomputer that runs at the highest speed
Range of 100 to 500 mL. The second version is
Suitable for sachets from 250 mL to 2 L, the third version of the sachet can be filled with sachets of 3 L. Finally, SC+ also offers a non-roll version, which can be used when the filling turret receives prefabricated sachets.
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As demand for snack foods increases in 2020, bagging systems have become a popular choice for machinery, partly because of the pandemic and people spending more time at home. On PACK EXPO Connects,
The new SN FME 50 (
), is a compact HF/F/S machine from
Designed to shorten delivery time and package snack foods, gummies, herbs, spices, powdered products, lotions, etc. at entry-level price points for end users.
Thom Cain, PPi’s sales support manager, said that in the past few years, the industry has been pushing for the production of thinner single-material films because multilayer films are not easy to recycle. "However, if a machine is not designed to run this material, then it may tear." Considering the sustainability of the packaging, SN FME 50 is designed to run recyclable film, pulling evenly to avoid tearing. Will sacrifice speed.
The system runs at a speed of up to 100 bags/min, and is capable of format conversion in less than 15 minutes (without the use of tools as much as possible). The system takes up very little space, approximately 12.0 feet x 4.10 feet x 6.6 feet, so it does not require much space to install and operate the new package.
With the help of an added multihead scale (from a scale supplier), the machine can run chewing gum, which has increased demand in the health food and cannabis industries. Speed of delivery is the main feature of SN FME 50-remote installation can be completed within a few days.
The company also demonstrated the SN FM 060 125 system, which is an hf/f/f system with basic, advanced and flushing variants.
Check out the many packaging solutions featured by PPi Technologies in the PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom located at the following website.
, CMR II continuous motion hf/f/s machine
It can be configured for various complex filling applications. In its function, the machine can handle 4 to 12 inches (W x 6 to 15 inches) H bags, with gussets of 0 to 5 inches (inches), running at a speed of up to 140 bags/min, and compatible A variety of packaging bags. The zipper opens and closes, and it is a USDA washing sanitary product.
In the entire packaging range, the sachets are formed in the form of duplex intermittent motion, and individual compression control is performed on each tooling column to ensure the formation of the highest quality sachets. After the bag is formed, it will be continuously moved, in which it is fixed on each side by a clamp, and then filled by a moving duckbill funnel, which provides three times the filling time, can accurately fill the product, thereby preventing the product Spills and spills-seals are contaminated.
It is a mobile duckbill funnel, which allows CRM II to fill products that are difficult to pack because it will sneak into the pouch, and then open to open the pouch to the maximum and extend the filling time, which allows the machine to slow down the product speed and carry it out. Measure out. The duckbill funnel can be stirred, and the baffle can also be used to help package difficult products.
According to Kyle Scalise, Global Account Manager of Cloud Packaging Solutions, who demonstrated the new machine in a live demonstration of PACK EXPO Connects, he said: "Cloud developed this machine as the next generation of our existing machine, CMR 1500. Over the years. , We have achieved success in all dry and flowable workpiece applications, especially for mass filling. It has been especially used in the pet food industry, because the product geometry is difficult and the filling volume is large, and the moving funnel will be extended Filling time, so that the product has more time to enter the bag.
"After many discussions with customers, we developed the next generation of CMR CMR II and asked them what their pain points were. We collected this information and found common difficulties: conversion time from one bag to another, conversion Difficulties and the quality of maintenance operators/personnel. With this in mind, we designed a machine that eliminates the complexity of the conversion by automating as much as possible, thereby reducing the need for highly trained personnel to perform the conversion demand."
The automatic conversion takes only 15 minutes to complete. Scalise said that the tooling column can run the entire range of bags in the machine. Compared with the past, the end user had to purchase multiple sets of tool racks, but now this is a tool rack that comes with the machine and can run the entire pouch range.
Scalise added that CMR II can operate its entire bag making range in duplex mode in the bag making area, eliminating the need to switch from duplex to simplex bag making in time. The machine also has an independent compression control function on each tooling column, thereby providing greater flexibility in the various films and zippers used.
CMR II was built and designed in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, and all parts and services were dispatched from this location.
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The PACK EXPO Connects showroom is the ScanTrac Fermata X-ray system, which can perform high-resolution X-ray inspections of products transported through pipelines. It has a variable-diameter inspection plate assembly that can accurately and repeatably inspect the product flow. Cermet X-ray tubes enable Fermata to identify small pieces of foreign objects such as bones, metal, glass and rubber.
The system can be equipped with a remote monitor for inspection of pipelines outside the production workshop. The standard Fermata configuration includes 4 inches. Diameter check piping assembly and positive-acting two-way discharge valve assembly with installation.
Fermata is designed for use in piston pump systems. The material flowing through the pipeline must be continuous and free of air pockets. The Fermata piping system checks the bulk material flowing through the pipes at speeds of up to 600 feet or 300 gallons per minute. From protein to vegetables and fruits, products that are transported in bulk through pipelines can be checked for foreign matter before packaging. Rejected products are transferred for disposal or further inspection.
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THiNK, a new artificial intelligence tool (
) Integrated into
Metal detectors are designed to help food processors produce safe food, comply with food safety guidelines and regulations, reduce waste and protect their consumers and brands. This tool can actually eliminate the impact of product defects and provide accurate detection of metal parts with fewer errors.
Christian Stadler, Sesotec Marketing Director, said: "We use artificial intelligence in metal detection to detect smaller pollutants than before." "This can improve food safety."
According to Sesotec's live demonstration on PACK EXPO Connects, if the packaging contains metal or metal film, it is difficult to detect metal contamination in the product. The advantage of THiNK technology is that it can be used well with metalized packaging.
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When it debuted at PACK EXPO Connects,
Sentinel 1000 Selectscan metal detector (
) Fully flexible frequency optimization is used in the frequency range of 50 to 1,000 Hz for each application. "With a single-frequency metal detector, you have only one chance to select the correct frequency that promotes the highest level of metal detection," said Alex Kinne, an application engineer in Thermo Fisher's product inspection department. Kinne explained that the processor can also use Thermo Scientific's automatic learning function to select the frequency.
Kinne said: "Customers need flexible inspection solutions without affecting performance." "Usually, customers will run multiple products on the same production line on the same day. Therefore, Selectscan technology is around performance, efficiency and ease of use. Developed in principle."
The Selectscan metal detector is very suitable for dry, inert products with relatively low product effectiveness, such as dry pasta or frozen food. The individual frequencies of Selectscan are optimized for each application. Kinne added: "If you change the product file, you can select the frequency, or you can change the frequency to a different but optimized frequency."
According to Kinne, Sentinel 1000 can provide a high level of metal detection to ensure food safety, thereby reducing the risk of high recall costs due to contamination. Kinne explained: "Our quality assurance check feature makes audits easy. This feature simplifies the audit process and automatically stores records."
Check out the numerous solutions provided by Thermo Fisher Scientific in its PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at the following website
New X-ray inspection system (
Use a separate dedicated X-ray beam to better cover packaged beverages and liquid and solid foods. Mekitec has a deep background in X-ray and is using its expertise to bring innovative X-ray inspection systems to the food and beverage industry. This equipment manufacturer demonstrated its latest innovation at PACK EXPO Connects-X-ray system, which can provide accurate main packaging inspection for products whose height is greater than their width.
The Sidemeki system uses dual focus X-ray technology to inspect liquid and solid packaged products. Juho Ojuva, Director of Global Sales, pointed out that this technology allows the system to see not only foreign objects that are usually located near the bottom of the package, but also the filling level or location of the bottle cap, for example, foreign objects located near the top of the package. And Mekitec's customer service.
"You have a fixed generator at the bottom of the product. Then behind it is an adjustable X-ray generator, you can use it to get the best image of the top of the product." He explained. "Depending on your application, you can use the Sidemeki system with one or both of these generators at the same time, depending on what you need to do with the system." The X-ray beam can be adjusted for various product sizes.
Sidemeki comes with different connection options-the side feed option that connects in parallel to the existing production line and the end feed option that connects directly to the existing production line. Ojuva said the side-feed option is "very useful for products that are difficult to move from one conveyor belt to another." Integration and automatic rejection can remove unqualified packages from food production. Like all Mekitec systems, Sidemeki has complete package-by-package traceability to provide transparency and reliability.
The side-shot X-ray inspection system has been in the company's radar system for some time, but Mekitec decided to spend some time to perfect the solution to ensure that it meets the actual needs of customers. Mikko Nuutinen, Director of Product Creation at Mekitec, said: "When we first specified system functions, we took some time to understand the unique challenges, needs and expectations food manufacturers face for these types of products and inspection systems." "We have met these challenges, needs and desires and created the possibility of having the clearest X-ray images, and even for the highest foods, we have achieved valuable quality inspection functions without affecting the foreign body detection performance."
Previous inspection systems for these food and beverage applications were either too complex, too expensive, or too simple and limited in return. Mekitec hopes to change this by developing the Sidemeki system.
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'New IQ4 RUN-WET metal detector conveyor belt (
) Debuted during PACK EXPO Connects. The system is specially designed for demanding environments. In this environment, the cleaning of the machine is particularly demanding and frequent.
The RUN-WET specification of the Loma IQ4 metal detector reaches IP69k grade, and is hygienic design according to some key principles of EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering Design Group). These principles provide the best cleaning standards and can withstand harsh high pressure and high temperature cleaning. Conditions while maximizing production efficiency.
"IQ4 RUN-WET includes many enhanced hygiene functions that can directly meet some of the issues that our users are most concerned about," said Antoine Dodier, customer relationship manager at ITW Loma Systems. "Not all processing equipment can withstand harsh environments. In fact, only certain parts of the production line are covered during the washing process."
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Designed for harsh environments
C35 automatic checkweigher (
Shown during PACK EXPO Connects) can provide accurate weighing results on a stable weighing platform that can withstand high pressure washing and most corrosive detergents. The system frame is designed according to the principles of hygiene, and the surface can be cleaned and tilted to prevent liquid collection. The system supports speeds of up to 250 bags/min, and weight ranges from 25 g to 7 kg.
The C35 automatic checkweigher is suitable for various production situations that require reliable weight control, including food processing. Optional conveyor belts and handling features (including rails to ensure smooth product handling) can transport open products such as jars, trays and cans. It also enables the company to use one of two optional weight data interfaces to check 100% of its products, isolate substandard packaging and collect production data.
According to Keri Klein, the checkweigher product line manager, the C35 checkweigher can be equipped with feed and discharge side gripper transport devices to safely and effectively move the opened container down the conveyor line, thereby avoiding overflow at the transfer point . These side handles can be adjusted to suit product specifications and safely guide the product from the customer’s conveyor to the checkweigher’s inlet. On our feed conveyor, we provide small diameter rollers to promote the smooth transfer of the entire interior to the entire weighing conveyor and smoothly to the discharge conveyor to achieve seamless and accurate weighing. "she says.
Weighing the open container as close as possible to the filling machine allows the automatic checkweigher to provide feedback to the filling machine, and to optimize the filling weight by adjusting the filling machine, thereby minimizing overfilled products and Reduce product waste. Klein said: "Processors can also reject underfilled products for rework to ensure compliance with label weight." "If the process does not provide an opportunity for feedback, weighing the product before capping and labeling can also reduce the rejection of overweight products. Waste packaging materials to save costs."
METTLER TOLEDO's communication solutions include Ethernet/IP PROFINET and PROFIBUS DP OPC DA/UA, as well as TCP/IP, and various serial communication solutions. Fieldbus and OPC solutions use Pack ML (ISA TR88.00.02) as a basic part of their infrastructure. The C series checkweigher provides real-time monitoring of Critical Control Points (CCP) to support end-to-end compliance with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Control (HARPC) principles.
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On PACK EXPO Connects,
By launching the first Raptor "smart" scale series, it opened the way to expand to the automatic checkweigher (
). According to Fortress, the Raptor checkweigher is designed for a new generation of manufacturers welcoming the digital revolution. It includes an intelligent conveyor belt removal system and intuitive digital process monitoring technology to improve inspection efficiency, reduce operational efficiency and reduce product waste.
The Raptor series includes three systems: a single-frame stand-alone checkweigher, a combination of a metal detector and a checkweigher, and an XL box weighing system for batching and large packaging applications. According to Fortress, these three aspects meet North America's requirements for a powerful, accurate, hygienic and compact food weight control system using the latest digital intelligent processing technology. The innovative common features of this series of products include tool-free maintenance, leading digital software processing, and a completely unique conveyor motor version.
Fortress President Steve Gidman (Steve Gidman) said: "This is a breakthrough in the North American food inspection market. It uses invisible technology to improve process efficiency. Raptor is a high-quality weight control solution. The solution can be integrated or not integrated with the metal detector at the best price. All products are delivered in flexible and hygienic packaging."
Raptor's features include high-end weight control technology to ensure absolute traceability. According to Fortress, the Raptor control system provides highly accurate and consistent weighing results by instantly capturing sample readings of individual packages within milliseconds. Raptor sales engineer Matthew Gidman explained: "Only by using the most advanced ARM processor, this kind of data capture and analysis can make food factories pay attention to product waste and gifts, thus changing the rules of the game." "Using Raptor's digital data capture function, manufacturing Suppliers can identify upstream operational defects, including packaging, handling and overfilling of packaging waste."
Fortress pointed out that Raptor also provides another hygienic precedent: it introduces a new tight-fitting conveyor concept that can quickly release and disassemble decks, belts, motors and rollers. Overcoming the long-term industry challenge of loosening belt tension during machine sanitation, the operator only needs to loosen and disconnect the conveyor motor, and then lift the entire conveyor assembly. Within a few seconds, the conveyor belt and its various components (such as rollers and bearings) were removed along with maintenance and cleaning. When the belt is clamped back to its original position, the belt tension and alignment will be restored immediately.
"The Raptor conveyor is very fast and can be disassembled, reassembled and put back in place. No tools are required, which means there is no need to worry about hidden contaminants or loose screws. In addition, the tightly installed smooth surface conveyor eliminates belt noise, Belt noise can affect the accuracy of the checkweigher," Matthew Gidman explained.
Another feature of the Raptor is its new 19 inches. Smart touch screen. The screen is larger than most digital tablet computers, so machine operators can customize operations and display the most relevant parameters in the foreground. From net weight, average weight to product gifts, the operator only needs to select the home screen he likes. Graphics and visual cues help mark and respond to key trends.
For fail-safe, auditable test routines, the quality assurance manager can program reminders and test plans into the HMI. The visual alarm uses smart technology to alert the operator when a test is needed. The test process including pre-programmed test parameters is clearly stated, and there is no room for human error.
The Raptor Combination system is specifically designed for high-end candies, chocolates, bakeries, nutrition bars, and packaged meat and cheese. It is 1.7 m long, Fortress said, which is actually half the length of similar combination systems on the market. However, the company added that despite its compact size, the metal detector still has a full-size detection head to ensure that sensitivity is not affected.
Raptor's universal design uses compatible assembly parts, giving manufacturers the option to purchase a standalone Raptor checkweigher. Built-in standard 30 inches to 32 inches. The Raptor checkweigher has a high height and can easily weigh a variety of products, packaging sizes and specifications (from flexible packaging to rigid packaging), and can be transferred to other production lines when needed.
All the same principles have been applied to Raptor XL. The rejection station is designed to adapt to any box or big bag application that weighs no more than 50 kg. The rejection station can be customized to remove substandard products on the production line.
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HyperScope seal inspection system using hyperspectral imaging (
), which can detect foreign objects or contaminants in the sealed area of the hard package.
Automatic detection of contaminated seals is very important for food safety and production automation in packaging. For a standard vision system, it is very difficult to check the seal of a package with a printed top film because the printed film is opaque and/or has the same color as the contaminant itself. Engilico's hyperspectral camera technology can identify substances with different compositions, including plastic, paper, meat, fat or liquid, and its contrast is much higher than traditional vision-based camera systems. In addition, when using printed film, hyperspectral is the only imaging technique that detects contamination through the film.
Engilico noted the following details about its innovative technology:
•HyperScope measures profiles in a wide range of wavelengths; each pixel is analyzed separately, and differences in material or composition are detected; as a result, the spectral profile of the contaminated area is different from the correctly sealed area
• Depending on the type of camera, the range is from visible light (400 nm) to near infrared (950 nm) to short-wave infrared light (1700 nm)
• The spectral profile is established by the reflected light and has information about the type of material at each measurement point of the sample
• It can identify plastic, meat, fat, liquid and other substances in different wavelength ranges
• Even when printing, near-infrared light will be reflected by the sealing film
Learn how one of Brazil's largest pet food producers uses SealScope (another Engilico technology) to inspect their canned bags online. You can also view many of Engilico's packaging solutions in the PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom located at the following website.
Also introduced hyperspectral detection technology
A member of the Duravant family of operating companies, the company launched the first VERYX BioPrint digital sorter (
) Connect on PACK EXPO. As the only sorter that combines near-infrared (NIR) hyperspectral detection with color cameras, VERYX BioPrint can analyze a richer data set about the materials it sorts to improve detection performance and maximize process yield.
The VERYX BioPrint C140 sorter for nuts can remove shells, foreign objects (FM) and product defects, as well as shape sorting and color grading, thereby maximizing product quality while virtually eliminating defective products. It can be equipped with hyperspectral imaging sensors installed in the front and rear to inspect every object in the product flow in all directions. It can also be equipped with a color camera and Key's new Bio Fusion detection technology, which combines information from two sensor types to identify and remove various foreign objects and defects in the product flow.
The accuracy of the BioPrint detection system uses VERYX's high-resolution spray system, which has the smallest air nozzle spacing, which can better identify the target object to be removed, and will not unintentionally select high-quality products.
Marco Azzaretti, key technology marketing director, said that BioPrint's detection technology uses hyperspectral imaging and powerful software to create a unique digital fingerprint for each substance passing through the food processing line. He said: "It enables our VERYX digital sorter to see and remove more foreign objects and product defects, and as a chemometric inspection system, it can even detect internal product conditions and food chemical characteristics." Looking to the future, Key Technology plans to develop VERYX BioPrint sorters for other applications where chemometric testing can provide unique performance and customer value.
"With the continuous development of chemometric detection technology, digital sorters can learn more and more about each object in the product stream," Azzaretti said. "Higher detection accuracy helps deliver safer, higher-quality products, while ensuring a more efficient sorting process to maximize yield. The most exciting is the ability to pass based on sugar, solids content and other chemistry Attributes classify product batches, and use chemometric inspection to analyze the internal characteristics and even taste characteristics of food."
For example, the VERYX BioPrint C140 sorter can help processors of Spanish almonds detect a single so-called "bitter almond".
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Provided by Key Technology in its Connects Virtual Showroom of PACK EXPO at
The new Seal Integrity Tester (SIT) is used to check the cup in the cup filler. The SIT sensor adopts a patented design consisting of multiple sensors installed inside the cup filling system. Each cup is inspected by compressing the sensor head onto the aluminum foil cover of the cup at a production speed of 200 m/sec or higher. The sensor monitors lid deformation during the compression cycle, and the digital signal processor board calculates the check value to accept or reject containers with poor sealing and exceeding the value limit set by the user.
The system can detect poor seals in the entire sealing area caused by the product during the filling process, deformation or damage of the foil cover to form a good seal, and weak seals due to various problems (including heater temperature out of range).
Teledyne TapTone said that the SIT sensor uses the most advanced DSP processor technology, combined with an easy-to-use PC user interface to graphically display "good", no missing cup, green and "bad", missing cup red. . The minimum leak detection specification of the SIT system ranges from 0.006 to 0.008 inches (150 to 200 microns), and has a variety of inspection algorithms that can not only seal integrity, but also detect overall leaks and leaked foil detection.
The SIT system can be integrated into the existing filling machine PLC using Ethernet Modbus TCP/IP or Ethernet IP and sensors installed in the vertical bridge behind the sealing head in the filling/sealing system. The bridge will cycle up and down according to the filling index speed. Teledyne TapTone said that bridge control will come directly from the filling machine PLC to achieve perfect index timing.
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Introduced the new Videojet 1280 continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer (
) The design focus is on reliability and simplicity, so that the operator is easy to use and maintain.
"Although people are demanding the development of more advanced connectivity and the Industrial Internet of Things, many people only need a simple, reliable and flexible high-quality basic encoder to meet their manufacturing needs. This is indeed a suitable segment for this product Market.” Videojet's North American CIJ regional product manager Mark Breunig explained. "It has a printing capacity of up to five lines, which can almost meet everyone's needs for various basic coding applications at these speeds. Therefore, this is for all items used by inkjet printers (batch codes, serial numbers, barcodes). And all these kinds of items) are beneficial."
Entry-level encoders are offered at entry-level prices and are used with Videojet’s existing entry-level printer 1220. Breunig said it provides speeds similar to 1280, but uses the company’s older core-based maintenance system. He explained: "Although it provides a long time between kernel replacements, it will be more troublesome when you have to do so." "For 1280, although more maintenance work has to be done, it becomes It's faster, easier, and you can do it yourself."
According to Videojet, with its SmartCell service technology, manual maintenance can be completed in only five minutes per year or when the printer reaches 3,000 hours (whichever comes first)-a 95% reduction compared to traditional systems. In addition, to help reduce unplanned printer downtime, 1280 has Videojet Dynamic Calibration™, which enables the printer to continuously monitor environmental conditions and automatically adjust jetting parameters to help maintain excellent print quality and maximize uptime. The 1280 comes with an optional dry air kit, which can be used in very harsh and humid environments.
Breunig confirmed: "Dynamic calibration allows the printer to run better, run longer, and maintain higher print quality." "Even in these basic applications, the factory environment will change-one day gets colder, the next day gets hotter Dynamic calibration tracks these variables and ensures that the printer is set up correctly for the environment in which it is located. Even for simple applications, the environment can be full of challenges and the printer needs to be able to cope.
If a problem does occur, the in-vehicle guidance video can guide the operator through basic tasks without extensive training. In addition, the optional VideojetConnect remote service also provides remote service functions. Operators can immediately access Videojet's CIJ expert network and connect Videojet technicians directly to the production line for immediate help.
Breunig said that not only can operators communicate with technicians through the company's Videojet remote service, but VRS also has a dashboard that allows operators to view the status of the printer. He explained: “When they look at a printer and then see the operation of that printer, they are like agents of a production line.”
Another feature of the 1280 is the company's "no mess, no waste, no error" SmartCartridge system, which drains liquid from the box and provides additional protection to prevent leakage during transportation and handling. According to Videojet, the 1280 can remain unused for up to 14 days, and can still provide excellent print quality at startup without the need for other printer intervention.
1280 also includes Videojet's SIMPLICiTY interface, which was launched in 2018. On the 1280, an 8-inch screen inspired by a tablet is used. The touch screen display is designed to reduce operator interaction with the printer and help eliminate potential user errors by simplifying code creation and management. "This is what you see is what you get [what you see is what you get]. The tablet-based interface is just like using a mobile phone. It is definitely an upgrade of the category of products it replaces. This product still has an older The membrane interface", Brünig said.
Breunig calls it "the army knife of Swiss printing technology" CIJ, 1280 is suitable for almost all applications. He said: "Whether it is printing on boxes, cans, bottles or wire, or printing from eggs to aircraft parts, this is an applicable technology."
Users can choose from a variety of long-life inks that meet their requirements. Videojet iQMark inks are designed and manufactured responsibly to maximize contrast, adhesion and uptime while meeting safety, environmental and regulatory requirements. Each batch is tested to ensure compliance with strict quality control specifications.
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Gx series thermal inkjet printers (
) Debuted in North America on PACK EXPO Connects. Introduced two models, these models are built to be smaller, easier to use and integrate, and have the ability to monitor Industry 4.0 applications.
The Gx 150i with up to two print heads and the Gx 350i with up to four print heads are designed for simple batch coding or complex coding, checkweighing or tracking applications in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The Gx series comes with a new ink, which is darker, dries faster and provides better opening time.
"The important thing to remember is that Domino will still and always be the manufacturer of our own fluids," said Paul Hammond, Domino Amjet National Account Manager. "So if we find the ability to darken the ink like we do, or make the ink dry faster, or make the opening time faster (which means we can expose it to the air for longer), then We are gone. We need others to do it. We can do it ourselves."
In addition, OEM boards are smaller and lighter, saving 80% to save space in the electrical cabinet, and electrical connections are easier to access and connect, Hammond said.
The new ink head has the flexibility to be configured in any way. The ink heads are connected to the front and back (relative to the front or back) of the same printer, so they can be adjusted when production needs change. The print head also has LED lights to check the status of the print head in use. Moreover, the new user interface design based on iPhone technology provides the drag-and-drop function of WYSIWYG elements.
Finally, the Gx series provides Industry 4.0 functions. It is the standard configuration of the Ethernet/IP communication protocol, and provides a variety of different ways to monitor the working mode of the printer and provide different reports.
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According to the printer situation,
He said that thermal inkjet can play a greater role in primary coding, especially because of its ability to print 2D codes at high speeds. This is a major trend in the manufacturing industry that goes beyond the requirements of tracking, serialization, and serialization, and considers another emerging area, namely "market feedback", which considers customers who use smartphones, and these smartphones use products The QR code on the interact with the manufacturer. .
For this reason, rumors of a powerful bulk system and long bullets are overcoming the inherent obstacles of TIJ. Matthews took a unique approach to bulk systems, introducing the so-called Active Bulk Ink System (ABIS), which uses computer processors, sensors, and accelerometers to ensure accurate performance.
There are two pieces of ABIS. The host is a series of valves installed on the processor, and these valves continuously deliver ink to the ink cartridges. The cartridge sensor module is an independent unit that always monitors the status of the cartridge. Atmospheric changes will affect the internal structure of the ink cartridge, but ABIS uses a series of sensors and processors to ensure that the delivery of ink changes as the environment changes.
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Manufacturers of coding and marking systems for product identification and traceability introduced the Viper thermal inkjet printing system (
), designed to print high-quality, high-resolution characters on porous or non-porous surfaces. Viper provides a versatile and cost-effective solution for coding and marking applications, with a printing height of up to 0.5 inches (12.7 mm) per print head.
Viper TIJ utilizes high-performance Funai non-disorder ink cartridges to print high-resolution codes up to 600 dpi on a variety of surfaces, including wood, coated and uncoated materials, polystyrene, film, foil, and several other substrates. Looking snake is very suitable for users who want to print permanent marks, these marks can be dried in a few seconds on shiny cartons, boxes, trays, plastics and other items. The standard system can reach speeds of up to 60 m/min (197 fpm) at 300 dpi, or the software can be upgraded to run at 240 m/min (787 fpm) at 300 dpi.
The Viper TIJ printing system has an 8.9-inch function. A full-color touch-screen PC, allowing users to access the printer’s internal messages and printing functions. The touch screen allows users to create and edit messages using Squid Ink's intuitive Sirius PC software. It is an ideal choice for users who need to create and edit messages on the production site. For users who use many different products for printing, the system has a storage capacity of 2GB, allowing users to program and save thousands of messages for easy recall of printing. Viper also includes full-featured software out of the box, allowing users to print date codes, batch numbers, barcodes, and graphics required for most encoding and marking applications.
The printer's durable touch screen, industrial-strength print head structure and compact footprint make it easy to integrate into existing production lines. Viper also has the ability to quickly replace ink cartridges, allowing users to replace ink cartridges within a few seconds to keep the production line running, reduce downtime and maximize ROI.
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The new UX series (
The existing Hitachi continuous inkjet products have been improved and have sufficient versatility to be provided on food and beverage products, health and beauty products and various containers (from lip balm tubes to bag printing and oversized PVC pipes) Ideal mark.
The Hitachi UX series has been carefully designed and includes quality components that have passed the test of time. It also has an intuitive 10.4-inch function. Touch screen, replaceable diaphragm pump, no confusion, error-proof liquid replenishment, accurate viscometer and IP-65 rating, very suitable for washing environment.
The UX series adopts a new nickel-chromium surface treatment to make it corrosion resistant and extend the service life of the print head in a flushing environment.
Hitachi shared how its UX series products assist Baker Cheese to develop printing solutions suitable for its current production process. This implementation allows the dairy brand Baker Cheese to reduce downtime while improving printing consistency. By increasing production, the new Hitachi printers have reduced printer costs.
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A series of electric plastic chain conveyors have been added to its product portfolio. These conveyors include manual lift doors for operator entry and exit and pneumatic stop/clamp controls for seamless integration. This new technology merges two production lines fed by two existing cartoners into a channel before a cartoner and a palletizer.
The offset conveyor is slightly inclined, combined with a manual lifting door assembly, for operators to use in narrow production areas. The designated priority line passes the case to a right-angle transfer that maintains the direction of the product. The product eventually sends a single file to the existing box sealing machine, which is controlled by strategically placed sensors and metering equipment.
Photoelectric sensors and electrical safety switches have been installed and pre-wired for use in mechanical lift door assemblies. Other functions include the LBP (low back pressure) transition before the lift door; the stop clip assembly; the roller assists to maintain the direction through the right-angle transmission.
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In the live demonstration of PACK EXPO Connects,
Discussed the flexibility and efficiency of its active roller belt (ARB). According to Paul Neuschwander, the global consultant of the Intralox beverage packaging machine packer team, the team combines the best ideas and layouts from all over the world, and uses this information to reduce project risks and schedules, and create better factory floor layouts design.
This knowledge, together with ARB technology, enables Intralox to combine multiple devices into one machine, thereby saving space on the factory floor and often reducing capital expenditures.
The ARB technology from Intralox Packer to Palletizer enables end users to reduce the number of conveyors required, thereby shortening installation time and reducing labor. In fact, Neuschwanstein says that an end user can double its filling capacity after installing the ARB solution.
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Provides six times the conversion speed,
The Changeover Champion vacuum conveyor piFLOW®pSMART allows users to save time when changing from one material to another, thereby increasing production efficiency. This new technology made its debut during PACK EXPO Connects. According to the company, the conversion on a traditional vacuum conveyor takes only one hour, while on the company’s new vacuum conveyor it takes only 10 minutes.
piFLOW®pSMART is a self-optimized vacuum conveyor, mainly for industries that handle many different materials and/or require frequent changes. In each new conveying cycle, piFLOW®pSMART uses machine learning to automatically adjust the process by configuring and optimizing the defect-free material flow set to the correct rate.
"After a few short cycles, piFLOW®pSMART can determine the type of material being processed, and will automatically adjust to optimize the way the material is conveyed. The operator no longer needs to re-adjust settings between different batches of materials. piFLOW ®pSMART will do this for you, even the most experienced operators can provide higher accuracy,” explains Milan Bratt, vacuum conveying product manager.
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A series of new adjustable guide rails were introduced to the market during PACK EXPO Connects. The most notable feature of the EZ Guide system is that it does not have any protruding brackets or shafts that may cause major safety hazards. Traditional rail systems use strong shafts to mount the rails. When the slide rail is adjusted to its "retracted" position, these shafts protrude from the side of the conveyor belt, allowing someone to easily grasp clothing or body parts. The EZ Guide system does not have any mechanical parts protruding from the side of the conveyor belt during the adjustment process. All mechanical work can be completed without extending the conveyor, so that all people close to the conveyor can operate safely.
Another function of EZ Guide is designed to be adjustable through the curve. That is, as the guide width in bending increases/decreases, the radius of the guide can be changed. Although there are many traditional guide systems that can adjust the width of straight sections, few guide systems can really be adjusted through the curved part of the conveyor. The reason is because it is difficult to change the radius of the section-the guide must be bent, and as the radius changes, the length of the guide must increase/decrease. The EZ Guide system solves these two problems with its unique design.
Bud Layne, owner of Span Tech LLC, said: "You can get a consistent curve without spending a lot of effort."
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Equipped with a new enhanced multi-lane guide rail adjustment system (
), thereby eliminating the need for replacement parts, lane dividers and heavy lifting equipment that cause unnecessary downtime, ergonomic risks and costs. Using this system, one person can simultaneously adjust the 30-foot-long box sealer stacker divider and guide rail from one position in a few seconds. This task usually requires two people to complete 35-50 minutes.
The multi-lane guide rail adjustment system can create up to 7 lanes with a minimum width of 1.5 inches. The adjustment is repeatable, and the accuracy is up to ±1 mm, without fine adjustment. The system can be installed on existing support systems and dividers.
A large CPG company performs 9 replacements a month, so it has noticed that the multi-lane adjustment system basically eliminates ergonomic risks, and there is almost no chance of operator injury, Carey said. The operator can adjust from a single standing position in front of the front chest high wheel adjuster without the need for ladders or awkward lifting. Carey said: "The OEE of the same customer has increased by 3%, guaranteeing a return on investment of less than a year." "And the system is easy to install on its existing bracket, making the retrofit very cost-effective."
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On PACK EXPO Connects, they showed the concept of Myrias packaging box (
). Why "Myrias?" Because they used this machine to develop an automated luggage packaging system, which solved a customer’s business problem. The system can produce a variety of packages (more than 4,000 types), with a wide variety of packages, ranging from 1 -6 flavors, the allowed number of boxes is 12 to 96. Run at a speed of 100 boxes/min.
According to Jason Norlien, vice president of technical sales at Aagards, many brand owners recognize the growing demand for various packaging in the market. But many times they just don't have the ability to produce this format, so they eventually send the palletized box to the contract packer, who unpacks the box and repackages the contents of the box in various formats (usually by hand). Myrias aims to solve this problem by allowing brand owners to introduce various packaging inside.
"For this particular customer, the main packaging of the box packaging is a single serving of food that has been steamed," Norlien said. "The challenge we face is to need a machine that can handle 12 small boxes and a large box that can hold 96 cups. Large boxes require a large pitch, so that we can never run small boxes at the speed our customers want— Unless of course we can change the pitch indefinitely by touching a button on the HMI. This is where iTRAK comes in."
ITRAK is a modular, expandable linear servo motor system that can independently control multiple pushers on a straight or curved path. It eliminates the traditionally used rotary drive chains, belts and gears, and replaces hardware with simple and effective software configuration files, thereby redefining the speed and flexibility of automation.
Myrias does not depend on one, but on two iTRAK systems. One of the layers is used to build the cup layer that needs to be put into the bucket, and then push the cup from the cup into the box. And because the number of cups that enter the barrel can range from 12 to 96, it is never enough to rely on traditional mechanical flight chain components to physically modify the barrel. "We need a way to change the pitch and size of the bucket for these items without involving parts replacement," Norlien said. He said that iTRAK and its infinitely variable promoters are just tickets.
The second iTRAK is a transportation tool that transports the corrugated corrugated box from the station where it is erected to the station where the cup is pushed into it. Remove the flat blanks from the magazines, insert them into the tools used to erect them, and place them in the aircraft of the iTrak system. Since these flying devices are located on the iTRAK pusher and can be adjusted with the push of a button, the size of one case can be changed to the size of another case with the push of a button.
What is impressive is this cup insertion and boxing processing technology, as well as some upstream automation, which is particularly noticeable. Since Myrias needs to build a sundries box with up to 6 different flavors, the front end of the machine includes 6 depalletizing stations. Each station has two gantry robots. One is to use a vacuum suction cup to take out the cups from the stacked cups with large trays, and then put them into six seasoning lanes for downstream packaging. The other gantry is responsible for picking up empty pallets and stacking them to unload them.
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Proud to be a family business in the acquisition world,
The company formerly known as Hamrick Manufacturing & Service, Inc. uses the advantages of PACK EXPO Connects to highlight its new identity.
The new 600D-S All-Servo box packer (
). It contains a servo box lifting platform, a side belt servo track distributor, a servo box indexing system and an advanced control package. It runs at a speed of up to more than 30 cycles/minute, and each cycle has a multi-box processing capacity, which means that a case that is too small can run at a speed of more than 60 boxes/minute. This is an ideal solution for a dedicated production line, but it is flexible enough for joint packaging operations.
Another focus of PACK EXPO Connects is Hamrick's pursuit of robotics. On January 1, 2020, Hamrick joined FANUC as an authorized system integrator for secondary robotic picking/packaging/palletizing solutions. The company is close to completing its goal of 10 robotic arms for the first year, and it looks like the total at the end of the year may be close to 13-15. This includes manipulator dividers, manipulator packaging machines, manipulator palletizers and collaborative manipulator palletizers for low-speed, small-area areas. Hamrick's plan is to invest heavily in the growth of robotics.
As for rebranding, it will focus more on the company's development in the packaging industry and focus on its new functions. From erect packaging to stacking, Hamrick initially went from being an original equipment manufacturer of box packaging to becoming an experienced supplier of integrated packaging systems. The company is finalizing the details of a new 65,000 square foot facility that will allow it to continue to grow from $15 million per year to $50 million per year.
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, Using PACK EXPO Connects not only demonstrated its world-leading food processing and packaging equipment, but also celebrated its 70th anniversary.
For the growing demand for meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and various other ready-made foods, the heating and control company has built a complete set of equipment for coating applications, cooking, barbecue marking and burning solutions. Snack food processing is another specialty. From fresh agricultural products to frying, transportation, seasoning, packaging and inspection, the company provides all the equipment and services needed to manufacture the highest quality snack foods while achieving higher production capacity and lower production costs.
In terms of packaging equipment, the automatic packaging machine ACP-700 series is a prominent highlight of PACK EXPO Connects, which provides unprecedented production efficiency. It provides additional flexibility, enhanced line communication and simple operator interface, while significantly shortening the replacement cycle of packaging boxes. It is an ideal choice for the snack food packaging industry that has always required effective automation and communication between the weighing machine, the bag making machine and the packaging box packaging machine. This end-of-line solution greatly improves efficiency and performance.
With the feedforward and feedback functions of the boxing machine control system, the flow of bags can be better measured and controlled. When the bag is running in the system, the bottleneck can be reduced by constantly adjusting the settings. The machine uses feedforward communication with the front packing box and feedforward communication with the bag making machine. In addition, the seal checker can continuously monitor the filling level and compare the bag with the target value, so the cartoner can automatically optimize the machine operation and check whether the bag is leaking. This helps maximize cooperation and provide stable operations.
Conversion has always been an area that needs improvement, especially in terms of changing packaging patterns and related downtime. The production time wasted for conv