Packaging sector targets Interpack for new launches

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Three firms represented by UK-based packaging machinery distributor
Partners in Packaging are set to unveil their latest innovations at
the forthcoming Interpack 2005 event.

German firm Vepatec​ for example is set to demonstrate its new KA-Series of cartoning machines suitable for the food, confectionery and snack industries. The company claims that the range offers massive savings over end load and crash lock cartoning systems and is capable of erecting a wide variety of carton styles and carton shapes in either corrugated or solid board.

Vepatec will demonstrate the erecting and sealing of oven ready trays suitable for the ready meal, bakery and meat industries. The firm's new twin-head KA-90-S carton erector for example uses a new heat-proof hot melt adhesive.

The company will also be showing off its new Twin head high-speed KA 390-S carton erector erecting cartons and packing chocolate bars at speeds of 150 cartons/minute. And to further demonstrate the versatility of its cartoning systems, Vepatec's new ESV200ST cantilevered-style small footprint single flap closing machine will be shown handling tea cartons.

Muller Yoghurts' recently purchased modular pick and place Unigrabber, which Vepatec claims is a simple and effective low cost loading solution for handling collations, will be shown loading yoghurt tubs into pre-erected trays. The Unigrabber, a new servo-driven 4-axis carbon fibre pick 'n place robot for food applications, features a variety of product pick up devices and a 'self-teach' automatic memory that allows the head to be synchronised automatically to the co-ordinates of the product.

Vepatec will also demonstrate the TU-K 800 tray erector handling a high-sided carton board display tray, typically used in the meat and cheese industries. The system forms carton board blanks into an almost limitless variety of styles including large display trays, and cartons with and without hinged lids and runs at speeds of up to 40cartons/minute.

Options include automatic bulk feed of blanks, ink jet printing, hot-foil stamping, embossing units, additional folding or locking units and integration into complete packaging lines.

MAF​, a German manufacturer of case and tray packing systems, will also be exhibiting at Interpack 2005. One of the items on display will be the new Combimatic 700/1000 Traypacker Series that operates at up to 25 cycles/minute. According to MAF, this is suitable for trays with high borders and top covers, and also comes in wraparound and side loader versions.

The servo or mechanical and pneumatically driven carton-discharge and carton-folding systems can be provided with a variety of MAF infeed, handling and stacking systems and offers quick repeatable operator changeover as well as the ability to print and label on line.

And finally, Synchrosys, an Italian manufacturer of high speed product feeding and handling equipment for the biscuit and confectionery industries, will be exhibiting a newly designed rusk handling and loading line. Designed to take biscuits in multiple rows from the cooling band, accumulate them, and load them into piles, it operates at 640 rusks/minute.

A patented mechanism helps to minimise product damage by reducing the amount of friction between the product during collation and loading into the cantilevered electronic high speed flow-wrapping machine. This is achieved by forming piles of rusks or biscuits while stationary, before being transferred via servo-driven twin side chains into the wrapper.

Partners in Packaging​ was formed four years ago and represents packaging machinery firms including Vepatec, MAF, Synchrosys, Streamfeeder, US-based Unique Solutions and Italian print and apply labelling expert Etipack.

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