Modular designs have become a trend in the processing and packaging machine markets. Modulardesigns allow processors the flexibility to change and expand as their production needsevolve.
CFS's new PowerPakNT is designed as the successor to its Powerpak thermoformer model. One of theredesign changes was to make the machine into a modular form, allowing it to be retooled, said Klaus Meyer,CFS' product manager for thermoformers.
"With the CFS PowerPakNT customers no longer have to commit themselves to a permanent design when they purchase, but can retool and upgrade the machine when requirementschange," he stated.
CFS also said the redesign has resulted in a reduction of downtime, due to features such as a double-roll labeler,shortened cleaning times, and the continuous monitoring of all machine data.
For this purpose, CFS has developed the software that is used to evaluate the data together with other customer-specificinformation.
"This makes the calculation of scenarios for cost savings possible, for instance,"the company claimed. "Examples have shown that savings of 100,000 euros or more per year can be achieved."
In terms of hygiene the surfaces of the machine have been designed to slope so that cleaning liquids can run off.Components no longer have to be dismantled to check the format tools and for cleaning since the side parts, tool holders and protective devicesfold while remaining on the machine.
The modular design means that add-ons like printers and labelers can be replaced more easily. CFShas built in plug and play capabilities. Programming of all modules is made via the machine control.