TNA brings distribution and filler innovations to Interpack

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Two innovative new packaging machines from TNA are set to make
their debut at Interpack next month: a transfer and distribution
system and an automatic inserter.

TNA is a supplier pf turn-key integrated packaging and processing solutions for food production companies worldwide. Overall it boasts and installed based of more than 3000 systems around the globe. The new transfer and distribution system, called Roflo 3, is described as "servo driven, totally reversible, gateless and truly modular".​ The company claims it is the first of its kind, and that it will reduce costs for customers since they will need to invest in fewer modules in order to achieve the same transfer and distribution volume. In addition, it says there is virtually no product damage or flavour loss and fewer down-stream systems. "This all leads to a dramatic footprint, product and capital saving to anything currently on the market,"​ said the company. Amongst the machine's key features is its reversibility, which is enabled by a device it calls the 'switcheroo'. This mechanism is responsible for separating the 3 to 3.5m-long pans along which the product moves, tilting them the other way, then moving the product in the opposite direction. "TNA has essentially create a virtual gate and removed a bulky, difficult to clean and necessary mechanical part,"​ it said. The Roflo3 is also compatible for use with TNA's Robag line or vertical packaging equipment - since they share common parts and software. Also having its first airing at Interpack is TNA's new inserter is designed to automatically place singular 3-dimensional objects into the Robag 3 vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) equipment. It is claimed to completely eliminate missed inserts and manual labour, and "dramatically"​ reduce the number of multiple inserts. Working at speeds of 100bpm, it is said to be twice as fast as manual insertion, which achieves 40 to 50 bpm. The machine works using three mechanical arms which use vacuum points to pick up objects from a vibrating bowl. The bag-maker then signals when each insert is to be dropped down a chute and into a pocket on the indexing conveyor. The inserter can be added to most existing Robag 3 rotary jaw machines on-site. The maximum insert size is 110mm in any direction by 35mm thick. Minimum thickness is 5mm, and the maximum weight is 25g. The Interpack trade show takes place in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 24 to 30 April.

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