The French company said its new VersaFilm system offers the advantages thanks to a combination of its ‘modular architecture' and technical upgrades.
“Modular architecture is building customised machines from existing modules,” Cermex spokesman Jean-Marc Passemard told FoodProductionDaily.com. “We do not re-invent the wheel. We build for an existing solution - a current need - like Lego and adapt to the specification of our customers. So we build a complete machine from sub-modules.”
This cuts the lead in time for the machine by 33 per cent from 12 weeks to eight and reduces costs “because the product sources identical parts they can be supplied more cost effectively”, he added.
The VersaFilm range is divided into three functions: product infeed, selection and lapping, as well as film shrinking in a heat tunnel.
After analysing a specification, Cermex said it comes up with a solution that is based on the combination of the three modules optimised and tailor-made to the client’s needs. They are comprised of sub-assemblies that already exist within the company’s technical database.
“This new machine can solve individual customer’s needs,” said Passemard. “They can select the modules they need including the device wrapping station and shrink tunnel. They are independent modules and sub-modules.”
The system delivers advanced standardisation, a 25 per cent reduction in components, and savings in costs and maintenance, said the company.
The VersaFilm design also has significant advantages in terms of maintenance
The modular design and the addition of numerous servo-drives have led to the removal of a large number of transmission chains, and consequently the elimination of repeated lubrication operations, added Cermex. The collating and lapping bars, which still require a traditional drive system, are equipped with a new generation of maintenance-free chains.
The infeeds and lapping belts are easily dismantled, which means the operation can be carried out by a single operator, where two were needed previously.
The system has also been ergonomically designed with improved machine visibility and an ultra-thin control panel that is easier to use. The fully-transparent clean-design safety guards include sliding doors.
The worldwide launch of the new equipment will take place at Interpack, in Düsseldorf, Germany in May. The machine will be available globally, except in China where the older version of the machine will remain available, said Passemard.