New carton loader for pre-cooked and fresh meats

By Mike Stones

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A new case and carton loading machine, with applications in the pre-packed and fresh meats sector, has been launched by UK firm Sewtec Automation.

The LX5056 has been designed specifically for the collation and loading of packs into shelf-ready outers. Its modular design enables the in-feed to be tailored to meet the particular needs of individual product and pack collation formats within small spaces, says the company.

“The loading machine’s small footprint helps manufacturers to maximise use of available space in their production and packing facilities,” said ​Bernard Meehan, Sewtec’s managing director. “It’s particularly appropriate for pre-packed cooked and fresh meats where space is often at a premium in the low-risk case packing area.”

Efficiently collated

The LX5056 has been developed to meet a growing need for cases or cartons of efficiently collated and well presented packs that can be put straight on display in retailers, he added. It combines in-feed, product transfer, case/carton erection, flap tucking and closing, product loading and discharge, in a single operation.

The standard intermittent closing system can be combined with a variety of product in-feed, collation and loading options, depending on product and pack specifications and the machine can handle a variety of case and carton sizes.

The machine also features an integrated check-weigher, before discharge, to ensure only completely filled outers leave the machine.

A central PC control system ensures full integration of the different parts of the machine to deliver maximum efficiencies and throughput. Top speed is up to 30 outers per minute.

Pack types

By creating a modular design, we have made the machine extremely flexible and able to add to the requirements of different pack types," ​said Meehan.

In February, Sewtec Automation announced a £500,000 investment to expand and upgrade its facility in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. The company plans to increase the site by 930sq m to streamline work flow through the factory, to help increase response times and to provide room for additional equipment to expand its manufacturing capacity.

The investment is in response to continuing strong demand for Sewtec’s range of special purpose automated equipment for the efficient handling and packing of products in a range of industries including food, tobacco and pharmaceutical,​” said Meehan.

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