Compelo Packaging - Latest industry news and analysis is using cookies

ContinueLearn More
Close
Dismiss

Packaging’s main event

Welcome to the second instalment of Packaging Today's Interpack preview. Running from 21-27 April, a huge range of packs, materials and machinery will be on view at the Dusseldorf Trade Fair Centre's 18 halls, covering 162,000m2 and featuring 2,300 exhibitors from 58 countries. A full exhibitor list is now posted at www.interpack.com. Here you will find just a taste of the vast number of products and services on show but, if this whets your appetite, see our special reader offer to visit the show on page 9.

Dispensers go commercial

Highlighted will be the first commercial versions of Airspray’s latest innovations – the Symplicity lotion pump and the Dual Foamer.

In the lotion pump sector, Symplicity has a standard neck finish of SP 28/410. The product provides for a 4ml output, making it of particular interest for applications that need more coverage, including skin moisturisers, bath and shower products, shampoos and body care lotions. The all-plastic pump incorporates water-resistant capabilities.

The Dual Foamer is suited to the dispensing of dual-component products. The introduction of the product has opened new design possibilities for manufacturers in many categories, including suncare, acne cleansers, dandruff preparations, veterinary products and more.

It consists of two small foam pump systems. A single actuator activates both pumps simultaneously, keeping the ingredients separate until the moment of application. At that point, the ingredients combine to create an instant 50/50 foam formulation. Output is 0.8ml/stroke.

Airspray International BV T: +3 (0)72 541 4666 www.airspray.net

Advanced software scanners from S+S

S+S is launching the RAYCON range of X-ray scanners. The RAYCON system uses X-ray technology with advanced image processing software to provide contaminant detection, as well as identifying missing or broken product, position monitoring and even weight checks.

“Contaminant detection remains unaffected by foil or metallic packaging. Furthermore, product effects caused by moisture or salts present no problem.”

As well as detecting foreign bodies RAYCON can identify product defects such as missing items, broken or malformed product. It can also be used to identify misshapen packs, flavour clumps or checking the weight of the whole product or single components.

S+S currently has two models in the X-ray scanner range – RAYCON-S with an inspection width up to 240mm and RAYCON-M with an inspection width up to 380mm.

S+S Metallsuchgeräte und Recyclingtechnik T: +49 (0)8554 308 274 www.ss-gmbh.de

A world first

From the specialist producer of aluminium tubes H. Obrist comes a world first with exact dispensing.

The dispenser fits every tube with an M-9 closure and is very simple to apply. Two easy actions are all that’s required to dispense the correct volume from the tube.

The closure can be sold to the consumer as an added extra complementing and enhancing the tube packaging.

The Obrist Company specializes in the production of printed alu-tubes in all standard sizes and serves the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

For technical and industrial applications Obrist also produces alu-cartridges especially suitable for the high quality building and automotive industries.

H. Obrist Ltd www.obrist.com

Seasonal conveyors

Wright Machinery is introducing the latest version of its on-machine seasoning system for products such as snacks, cereals, cookies, crackers and biscuits, equipped with Flowright conveyors.

These modular horizontal motion and vibratory conveyors are designed to provide superior handling to reduce product degradation and flavour drop off, improved hygiene and require less support structures.

Also included in the seasoning system is the Weighwright, a weighing conveyor based on the vibratory principle that provides an alternative to systems that use conveyor belts. It provides mass flow measurement of the material to be flavoured, allowing the dose rate of powder or liquid additives to be adjusted in proportion.

The Weighwright operates to an accuracy of better than ±1%, in turn allowing the on-machine seasoning system to work to a tolerance of better than ±0.30% when adding flavours and better than ±0.10% when adding salt.

Wright Machinery T: 020 8842 2244 www.wright.co.uk

Aetna Group highlights additions from Robopac and Dimac

The Aetna Group, including packaging machinery manufacturers, ROBOPAC and DIMAC, will focus attention on a number of new additions.

ROBOPAC will be showing for the first time a simple automatic solution for traditional semi-automatic style pallet wrapping systems, in addition to their full range of semi-auto pallet stretch wrappers.

A low speed Genesis Futura ring style automatic pallet wrapper, complete with optional automatic pallet corner protection applicator, and auto film roll replacement will also be the launched.

ROBOPAC will introduce a range of semi-automatic case taping systems. The already proven L-Sealer shrink-wrapping range has been updated and extended with the launch of the new Athena 550 CS high-speed solution with continuous sealing action.

DIMAC will be exhibiting a new range of shrink wrappers, including a low speed, Pl@net single roll machine, aimed at the 15-25 cycles/min market, to complement the existing St@r and G@laxy 20-100 cycles/min shrink wrapper range.

Aetna Group T: 01234 825050 www.aetna.co.uk

Prolific Partners portfolio

A comprehensive array of innovative new machines and systems from the Partners in Packaging stable will be shown at interpack 2005.

Vepatec [Stand 6C02] will demonstrate the new KA-Series of cartoning machines, suitable for the food, confectionery and snack industries. Claimed to offer massive savings over end load and crash lock cartoning systems the series is capable of erecting a wide variety of carton styles and carton shapes in either corrugated or solid board.

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.

In another first, Vepatec will 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/min.

MAF [Stand 17A39] will exhibit its new Combimatic 700/1000 tray-packer series that operates at up to 25 cycles/min. It is suitable for trays with high borders and top covers and is also available 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.

Synchrosys [ Stand 6E73] will exhibit 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/min.

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 through servo-driven twin side chains into the wrapper.

Partners in Packaging T: +44 (0) 1706 36900 www.partnersinpackaging.com

Choice of form-fill-seal mode

Teepack Spezialmaschinen is showcasing the new ZENOBIA vertical form, fill and seal machine with optional air-free technology. This new concept makes it possible to choose between continuous or intermittent operation on one and the same machine, depending on the nature of the product and the particular application.

Contrary to conventional technology, with which a potential gas flushing or air-reduced sealing is only carried out in a downstream machine after the bagging of the product, ZENOBIA enables the production of an air-reduced block bottom bag in only one production step.

Moreover, output is said to be 20% higher, the products are bagged more gently, the bags are of higher quality, and the machine is quieter to run due to its continuous mode of operation.

The ‘air-free’ system also includes a density control. The gusseting devices of the form, fill and seal machine adjust to the individual filling level of the bags, so that fluctuations of the filling level are taken into account. The scanning of the filling level is carried out during the sealing of the top and bottom seam.

The top seam, which is produced by the heatseal tool for horizontal seals, forms the bottom seam of the subsequent bag at the same time so that no overlaying packaging material is generated.

In addition to block bags, both conventional pillow bags as well as stand up bags can be produced. ZENOBIA is suited for the packaging of frozen food, pasta, fresh produce, legumes and numerous other food- and non-food products.

Teepack Spezialmaschinen T: +49 (0)2132 976227 www.teepack.com

Sato demonstrates RFID

Visitors to the SATO stand can witness a complete supply chain process from the supplier via the manufacturer to the retailer, demonstrating how METRO RFID seamlessly integrates into traditional barcode systems.

The flagship of the supply chain simulation is SATO’s RFID-enabled ‘S’ series OEM print engine. The RFID module adopted by SATO operates in the UHF band [868 MHz] and conforms to EN 300220 specifications.

The SATO automatic pallet labelling solution is supplied with the UPM Rafsec FlagTag, allowing tagging of all pallets with just one type of tag. Thanks to the FlagTag concept, universal readability is assured irrespective of the point of application and content of the pallet. Moreover, the design can be used in an automatic application device.

Also highlighted will be the new stand-alone GTe4XXe printer, which is the fastest printer in its class with a print speed of 300mm at 203/305 dpi. The GTe4XXe printer uses SATO embedded programming language that, in combination with an easy-to-navigate menu, provides a simple solution to customise printed labels.

Sato T: +32 (0)2 788 8000 www.satoworldwide.com.

Portable air cushion void-fill system

Star on the Pactiv Europe stand will be the new AirSpeed 6000 air cushion, void-fill packaging system. This works by creating a continuous chain of protective pouches filled with air. The system eliminates the need for an external air supply, making it portable. It operates at 17m/min, enabling it to keep up with high-demand packaging situations.

Users can use the AirSpeed 6000 as a stand-alone bench-top unit, ideal for applications requiring both speed and flexibility and, because void-fill is created on demand, inventory and warehousing requirements are minimised.

The roll stock, which creates the cushions, yields up to 3.1m³ per roll, which is the equivalent of eight standard size bags of loose fill. The cushions are lightweight, reducing shipping and disposal costs.

Pactiv Corporation T: 01606 867237 www.pactiv.com/europe

Pick-and-place debut

Endoline Machinery will formally launch its international business intentions to the packaging industry.

The exhibition will also see the first overseas showing of the Endoline 310 Series of modular pick and place case packing machines. Costs and complexity are kept to a minimum and customers should achieve a return on investment of between 6-18 months, depending on their shift pattern and current manning levels.

Also on display will be the Endoline 221 case erector from the 200 Series. This series encompasses three main design concepts – a compact footprint, clear access and dual opposing vacuum. Cases are opened from opposing sides, which overcomes glue migration from the case manufacturer’s joint, ill-defined scoring, lightweight board, warped blanks and unstable case dimensions.

Endoline Machinery T: 01767 316422 www.endoline.co.uk

Blister sealer unveiled

Sharp Interpack will unveil the SL4538 semi-automatic, rotary blister, heat-sealing machine. Computerised PLC-controlled technology operates at 8 cycles/min and encompasses a sealing area of 457x380x76mm.

Digitally controlled for temperature as well as dwell and loading time, the machine features an electronic eye for accuracy and repeatability and is suitable for materials such as A-pet, Pet-g and PVC.

Designed to attach blister packaging to an adhesive lacquered card, the SL4538 can perform a wide range of applications and is suitable for a broad spectrum of customers. The machine is ideal to present products such as toys, cosmetics, confectionery, DIY merchandise and for the walleting of pharmaceutical tablets.

Sharp Interpack T: 01278 435000 www.sharpinterpack.co.uk

All-in-one inkjet coder

Sauven Marking will launch the first compact, all-in-one-unit 70mm inkjet printer for box coding. The print head, the control unit and the ink supply are all integrated in one single unit with a size no bigger than a shoebox [297x210mmx150mm].

The Codajet 7000 is designed for coding on cardboard boxes in an industrial environment. It will be the first 70mm printer to have a control unit and ink supply integrated in the print unit itself says Sauven. No external communication cables or external ink tubing are necessary, making the Codajet 7000 less vulnerable and more flexible for installation in a production environment.

A single PCB, making internal communication cables redundant and increasing the reliability controls the Codajet 7000. In addition, the ink is fed from a closed system positioned next to the print head, reducing the ink tubing and again contributing to an increased reliability.

The Codajet 7000 can be operated and programmed from the print unit itself or from a remote computer. The Codajet 7000 can be used as a stand-alone unit, integrated in a network or in a master-slave set-up.

Sauven Marking Ltd T: 01932 355191 www.sauven-marking.co.uk

Compact form-fill-seal

Mecaplastic will present its ultra-compact FS410 form-fill-seal machine as well as its new ‘S’ range of tray sealing machines, including the S1000, S2000 and S6000.

The FS410 has been designed to fit any space configuration. Features include

cutting solutions for either rigid or flexible films, IP 65 protection for wash down cleaning and, with only one low board/vacuum pump included, the machine can be on casters.

The FS410 is reversible – designed for either a left to right or right to left operation and is said to offer fast film change, fast and easy die changing and extractable knives cassette. The S1000 is a semi automatic tray sealer for pre-made trays with an option to include vacuum and gas flushing. The machine is constructed in stainless steel to IP65 to allow thorough wash down.

Sealing and cutting tools are interchangeable and can be mounted onto the new automatic S2000 in addition to the MECA 900, MECA 2002 and MECA 2003. Die changing can be achieved in less than five minutes say the makers. The machine can be supplied to operate with thin flexible films. A photo-electric cell can also be fitted to register printed films.

The S6000 is the firm’s latest automatic tray sealing machine. This is a high-speed machine, offering more than 15 cycles/min with vacuum and gas flushing on certain applications with several configurations from 1-6 trays/cycle new automatic infeed systems up to 100 trays/min with typical tray dimensions constructed in stainless steel.

Mecaplastic UK T: 02476 351300 www.mecaplastic.com

Short bag closers

The latest development in Meypack’s bag closers will be the focus of attention. A short version of the FTS-B for milling plants will be shown for the first time.

Short refers to the headspace of the closed bags, which allows more compact bags. Since space is at a premium in many mills, bag closers must not be too long. A rising demand for bag closers in the FTS series is expected in the food industry, mainly for mass produced goods like flour.

Meypack Verpackungsystemtechnik T: +49 40 839 020 www.meypack.com

Interactive ‘lottery’ tape from PP Payne

PP Payne will launch a printed tape for interactive promotions. The lottery tape allows the printing of random or sequential numbers or codes and is designed for instant win competitions and interactive online or SMS promotions.

Naturally, the lottery tape will be launched by a promotion to all those attending the stand – 5000 wrapped boxes are being produced, each with a prize code on the underside of the tear tape. Winners are promised a number of prizes including an iPod.

PP Payne T: 0115 975 9000 www.pppayne.com

Cap-less induction sealing cuts costs

ITW InductionSealing will highlight a new cap-less induction sealing solution that is reported to reduce operating costs and minimise the risk of contamination. It is suitable for use with glass containers.

The company will also showcase its latest range of air-cooled Unifoiler machines. The latest Pillar air-cooled technology offers users an alternative to traditional water-cooled induction sealing system. The company will demonstrate its 1kW, 2kW and 4kW systems. The 2kW model will be operating in conjunction with a conveyor.

The units can be supplied with a selection of coils including hand-held, tunnel and universal versions, enabling Unifoiler models to be used to apply seals for a variety of closure sizes and styles.

The technology benefits from microprocessor control and a soft touch membrane control panel, enabling users to access real-time performance data on the sealing process.

ITW InductionSealing T: 01844 210111 www.inductionsealing.co.uk

Consistent PS labelling claim

In the spotlight will be the new Weber Model 2600 series label printer-applicator, a lightweight, in-line unit designed for consistent pressure sensitive labelling. It is capable of printing 203- or 300-dpi text, bar codes and graphic images at speeds up to 12in/sec.

In addition, the company will showcase RFID label and printer applicators. For instance, the Weber 5200 features an integrated system that can print, encode, verify and apply pressure-sensitive RFID labels to cartons and pallet loads in one operation.

As labels are printed, digital information is instantly encoded onto thin UHF tags that are embedded in the smart label material. The encoded information is verified immediately by the system and the smart label is then applied to the top or side of a carton or pallet load.

Weber Marking Systems T: 0187 5611111 www.weber.co.uk

Laser perforates MAP films

Making its debut will be the Xymark LC, a laser system that can perforate and score flexible packaging films on high-speed production lines for modified atmosphere packaging and ‘easy tear’ applications.

The micro-perforating involved in the MAP application allows suppliers of fresh produce to maximise shelf-life and storage. This is because the micro-perforations produced help to minimise respiration rates that can lead to rapid deterioration of the produce and therefore large-scale wastage.

The Xymark LC can be programmed to generate different hole patterns in packaging, thereby enabling the right conditions to be created for each type of produce. Additionally, the laser is able to score ‘easy-tear’ lines to provide consumer friendliness.

An expanded Xymark steered beam laser range, a modified IJ600 outer case coder, the 6800 Swift, and a new grey ink will also be highlighted.

Linx Printing Technologies T: 01480 302100 www.linx.co.uk

Cosmetics focus for RPC packs

New products on show will include custom-designed bottles for the new look Nivea Visage range of face care products and a range of standard containers for personal care and beauty products.

The new Nivea bottles made by RPC Verpackungen Kutenholz are blow moulded with a glossy finish in random PP and feature a sophisticated curved design. The Diamond range of standard containers from RPC Bramlage-Wiko includes two types of crème dispenser and a multi-functional crème jar.

RPC Group Marketing T: 01933 414817 www.rpc-group.com

Custom built Excel fillers

Custom built machines on show will include a Gravfil six-head Excel liquid filler, along with a single-head Albro powder filling rig and a Dico servo capper.

The Excel incorporates multi-dosing to deliver a filling range capacity ranging from 250ml-20-litres. Standard features include plc controls, automatic flushing, diving nozzles, vacuum drip removal, ‘no bottle no fill’, and fill accuracy to with 0.15%.

Operating at levels of up to 10 tons/hr, the modular design enables customers to easily upgrade to meet increased production.

Albro-Dico-Gravfil T: 01233 629161 www.albro-dico-gravfil.co.uk

Schubert showcases digital technology

A TLM F44 picker line will be working in non-stop mode on the Schubert stand. In addition, a TLM packaging line producing wallets for the pharmaceutical industry, another for chewing gum rolls and one for chocolate bars will also be on display.

Both the chewing gum and chocolate bar machines feature product-collating F44 robots. A TLM T800 digital thermoforming machine will also be highlighted.

Gerhard Schubert T: +49 7951 400-0 www.gerhard-schubert.de

ABB

ABB is extending its range of robots with the IRB 660, a new, dedicated palletizing robot. The 4-axis design combines a 3.15 metre reach with a 250kg payload, making it “ideal for palletizing bags, boxes, crates, bottles and more”.

The IP 67 ratied IRB 660 is said to be considerably faster than its predecessor and its “optimised motor power and motion performance ensure significantly shorter cycle times than competing products”.

The palletiser can service up to four in-feed conveyors, two pallet stacks, one slip-sheet stack and four palletizing out-feeding lines, up to a maximum palletizing height of 2,980 mm. A high-speed version of the 660 is capable of handling 180 kg payloads at full speed and 250 kg at reduced speeds.

ABB T: +46-21-344873 E: klas.h.bengtsson@se.abb.com

Newman Labelling

On the Newman Labelling stand there will be upgraded versions of its NV2 and VAL550 pharmaceutical labelling machines.

The entry level NV2, for self-adhesive labelling of flat, square and oval containers, now has an autoreject facility for barcode and overprint faults, while the high speed VAL550 ampoule labeller has an upgraded control system – with a databus internal wiring system – and an integrated Systech OCV vision system.

Among other machines on show will be Newman’s S250 labeller for paper and clear self-adhesive labels which features simple and rapid changeover with a minimum of change parts and a compact CTE350 which will be demonstrating the application of holographic labels to pre-erected cartons.

Newman Labelling Systems T:+44 (0)20 8440 0044 www.newman.co.uk

Radical redesign for Krones Wrapapac

Krones AG says it has “radically redesigned” its range of continuously operating Wrapapac wrap-around machines, resulting in smoother operation and easier reproducibility of settings. The Wrapapac W on show at interpack can also handle solid board at 60 cycles/min for creating “fridge packs”.

The company will also be exhibiting the redesigned Variopac tray-packer/shrinkwrapper which is said to be more “user-friendly” and has a “significantly increased” speed range, enabling it to “easily reach” a speed of 100 cycles/min.

Finally, the newly developed 3A-R rotary-column robot, capable of lifting loads up to 700 kg, will also be exhibited.

Krones AG T: +49 (0)9401 70 2222 www.krones.com

Safe and returnable

Kaysersberg Plastics, part of DS Smith Plastics, will show two new packaging solutions and it says of particular interest to electronics manufacturers will be the new line of ESD safe, returnable packaging.

These volume efficient, made to measure boxes, are made from Akyelec, an extruded, lightweight conductive polypropylene sheet material. The material is produced in both conductive (SR<103) and static dissipative (SR 104 – 1011) grades and can be engineered to meet customers' specific conductivity requirements.

The boxes can be supplied complete with fittings, manufactured in Akyelec or from foam materials with the same electrical properties. Being fibre free, they are also suitable for use in cleanroom environments and enable users to bring secondary packaging into ESD sensitive areas.

Uni-Pak, the company’s unit load container system, is now available with fixed return collars that turn the pallet base, lid and sleeve system into a self-contained unit for efficient empty transit and storage. The sleeve and internal fittings can be now be folded down and locked within the dimensions of the dismantled Uni-Pak.

The return collars are made in two heights, providing 125mm and 365mm ullage between deck and lid. The smaller collar is said to be ideal for unitising the sleeve, base-board and several layer boards, whereas the taller collar is designed to accommodate larger and more complex demountable internal fittings and dunnage.

Kaysersberg Plastics T: +44 (0) 1452 316500 www.kaysersberg-plastics.com

Innovations from CFS

CFS says it will introduce a number of innovations in slicing and packaging equipment and packaging materials, as well as complete processing and packaging solutions. Among the materials is this CFS C-base packaging film, a PP based, highly transparent film with high gas barrier properties which can be microwaved or pasteurised. Available as pre-formed trays or as rollstock, it is said to have “excellent thermoforming properties and is environmentally friendly”.

CFS T: +31 (492) 34 93 49 www.cfs.com

LoeschPack’s sweet offerings

LoeschPack will exhibit a selection of machinery solutions for the confectionery and dry baked goods sectors, including three new presentations.

The LTM-DUO, an automatic twin-station fold wrapping machine, will be shown in a special format for confectionery which is capable of wrapping a variety of shapes and sizes of chocolate bars, with differing materials and with easy format change. It is designed for a carton inner wrap and a hermetically sealed outer wrap of PP with an “easy-open” strip. LoeschPack says output is up to 160 bars/min.

The LRM-G/LTM-K is a flexible wrapping line for individual wrapping of chocolate bars and multipacks at speeds up to 450 products/min.

The LHW-1/WKM-1 wraps sugar-coated chewing gum pellets in sticks at speeeds up to 400 packs/min. LoeschPack says the use of one or two wrapping materials with easy-open strips makes it possible to produce a variety of types of packaging.

LoeschPack T: +49 (0)9545 4490 www.loeschpack.com

High speed packing system launched

Beck Packautomaten promises a glimpse of future packaging technology on its stand, with the launch of its new “Printliner Concept” system for high speed packing, at up 120 strokes/min, of direct mail, and publications.

Centrepiece of the stand will be the Beck-Serienpacker SX four-side sealing machine for straight-line edge, skin-tight packing. Beck says the machine ensures optimum film path operation and “top quality” sealing.

Also on show will be the Beck-Multiplex form/fill/seal system with an ultra-fast film changeover feature for smooth, continuous operation. The cover hood can be opened with one hand for fast, easy access to all machine components.

Beck Packautomaten T: +49 (0)7022 4009-0 www.beck-packautomaten.de

Rapid, flexible handling of solid and liquid foods

Designer and manufacturer of heatsealing and filling equipment, Packaging Automation, will show two automated machines designed to bring greater flexibility and speed to handling many types of solid and liquid foods.

The Vision 400 is a flexible traysealer providing MAP-F, MAP-V and high oxygen flushing for meat, poultry, vegetables, seafood and convenience foods. With a space-saving footprint, it operates at 80 packs/min, while tool and product changes can be undertaken in two minutes. Designed to reduce film usage and able to seal plain or printed film to any compatible container, the system will be shown automatically de-nesting ready meal trays on an extended infeed conveyor.

Equally flexible, Packaging Automation claims, is the Fastfill60 for convenience liquid food processing. It has an integrated automatic de-nesting system to remove pots or trays from stacks for automatic filling and sealing using a pre-cut foil, polyester lid or reel-fed film lid. Closed loop monitoring allows an external checkweigher to feed back data to the machine’s PLC, automatically adjusting fill volumes. A wide range of pack sizes can be quickly accommodated by the flexible pot handling and changeover facility.

Packaging Automation T: +44 (0)1565 755000 www.pal.co.uk

Superseal gets hot

Induction cap sealing system specialist Enercon Industries is using interpack to launch its hottest coil for the Superseal Max. The coil can hermetically seal small foil diameters that are contained within a much larger diameter cap, common, for example, in the ketchup sector.

Running at line speeds up to 100m/min sealing a large range of closures sizes from 15-120mm, the Superseal Max is claimed to be the fastest air-cooled induction machine made.

It incorporates a 40-character LCD designed for easy use and provides an intelligent feedback control to the line operator.

Enercon Industries T+ +44 (0)1296 330542 www.enerconind.co.uk

Tubular pillows on demand

On Easypack’s stand will be the new Easyair Cassette that generates large tubular pillows to any length and volume, with softness controlled by the packer as each bag is formed. The company says the result is exactly the right amount of void fill with no wastage. Bags are produced on demand, “eliminating storage and distribution problems associated with large numbers of small bags” and “large bags mean less material is used, resulting in lower costs and easier disposal when they have done their job”.

Other advantages include simple operation – pull off the required length, the bag inflates automatically and is sealed at the press of a button – no air loss in transit as “high quality” welded ends prevent leakage and perforations provide for easy tear-off.

Also on show is the Easyair airbag machine together with the Easypack paper-based system which generates lightweight cushions of packaging material from 100% recycled paper, cut to any selected length.

Easypack also offers a box shredder that saves money by converting surplus corrugated cartons into packaging material.

Easypack T: +44 (0)845 8380168 www.easypack-ltd.co.uk

High-speed packaging system launched

Beck Packautomaten promises a glimpse of future packaging technology on its stand, with the launch of its new “Printliner Concept” system for high speed packing, at up 120 strokes/min, of direct mail, newspapers and magazines.

Centrepiece of the stand will be the Beck-Serienpacker SX four-side sealing machine for straight-line edge, skin-tight packing. The machine’s carefully engineered design ensures optimum film path operation and top quality sealing.

Also on show will be the Beck-Multiplex form/fill/seal system with an ultra-fast film changeover feature for smooth, continuous operation. The cover hood can be opened with one hand for fast, easy access to all machine components.

Beck Packautomaten T: +49 (0)7022 4009-0

www.beck-packautomaten.de

Superseal gets hot

Induction cap sealing system specialist Enercon Industries is using interpack to launch its hottest coil for the Superseal Max. The coil can hermetically seal small foil diameters that are contained within a much larger diameter cap, common, for example, in the ketchup sector.

Running at line speeds up to 100m/min sealing a large range of closures sizes from 15 – 120mm with their variety of coils, the Superseal Max is claimed to be the fastest air-cooled induction machine made.

It incorporates a 40-character LCD designed for easy use and provides an intelligent feedback control to the line operator.

Enercon Industries T+ +44 1296 330542 www.enerconind.co.uk

Rapid, flexible handling of solid and liquid foods

Designer and manufacturer of heatsealing and filling equipment Packaging Automation will show two automated machines designed to bring greater flexibility and speed to handling many types of solid and liquid foods.

The Vision 400 is a flexible traysealer providing MAP-F, MAP-V and high oxygen flushing for meat, poultry, vegetables, seafood and convenience foods. With a space-saving footprint, it operates at 80 packs/min, while tool and product changes can be undertaken in two minutes. Designed to reduce film usage and able to seal plain or printed film to any compatible container, the system will be shown automatically de-nesting ready meal trays on an extended infeed conveyor.

Equally flexible, Packaging Automation claims, is the Fastfill60 for convenience liquid food processing. It has an integrated automatic de-nesting system to remove pots or trays from stacks for automatic filling and sealing using a pre-cut foil, polyester lid or reel-fed film lid. Closed loop monitoring allows an external checkweigher to feed back data to the machine’s PLC, automatically adjusting fill volumes. A wide range of pack sizes can be quickly accommodated by the flexible pot handling and changeover facility.

Packaging Automation T: +44 (0)1565 755000 www.pal.co.uk