Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Cartoners and Wrappers
Inverted Servo Wrapper
A new inverted servo wrapper is on the market. The Inverted Revolution features Allen-Bradley servo motor and drive controllers combined with a Control Logix 5000 series PLC controller. It features a sanitary modular design with cantilevered components and is designed to operate at speeds of up to 200 packages per minute with a standard sealing head. According to the manufacturer, the wrapper is designed to cause difficult-to-handle products that normally cannot be wrapped by an upright horizontal flow wrapper. A user-friendly PanelView Plus 1000 touchscreen operator interface includes fault, product per minute, and totalizer displays; up to 20 product records can be stored for retrieval through the touchscreen. Campbell Wrapper Corp., De Pere, WI; 920/983-7100; www.campbellwrapper.com.
A continuous cartoning machine is specially designed for pharmaceutical packaging. The Cartopac SC 5 is a 5-in. pitch machine with servo-driven technology in a modular design with a small footprint. Add-ons and machine function retrofits are designed for ease, according to the manufacturer. The output for low to medium settings creates 200 cartons per minute and is suited for cartoning bottles, blisters, and tubes. A skip-feed system rejects products or leaflets that are not loaded into cartons into separate reject bins. Oystar USA, Fairfield, NJ; 973/227-5575; www.oystarusa.com.
A company alliance creates wrappers that combine intermittent- and continuous-motion machine attributes. Machines will feature small footprints and high flexibility, reliability, and efficiency, according to the companies. The manufacturers plan to market the machines under the banner DP by Schneider and will provide project management, installation, factory acceptance testing, training, service, part sales, and direct support for the equipment. The team will provide primary wrapping and bundling and complete end-of-line solutions taking product from slitter, to primary package, to shipping. Schneider Packaging Equipment Company, Inc.; DP Packaging Technology of Anzola, Italy; www.schneiderequip.com.
An automated packaging line company introduces a high-speed cartoner. The Stealth II Continuous Motion Pharma Cartoner offers predesigned infeed solutions for tubes, vials, bottles, and pouches. The servo-based design cartons at speeds of up to 400 packages per minute with an easily loadable, ergonomically correct powered carton magazine as well as a standard carton prebreak that eliminates carton setup failures, according to the manufacturer. The company cites several features as OEE enhancements: single button rest clears multiple faults, OEE data collected on HMI, fault zones graphically displayed, and quick access through guarding scheme. MGS Machine, Maple Grove, MN; 763/425-8808; www.mgsmachine.com.
Blister Transfer to Cartoner
A blister packaging machine also transfers product to a cartoner, a specially engineered and integrated process that could save space and cost by eliminating the need for an additional product chain in the cartoner. The B1660 is designed for high output and high speed packaging, and comes in continuous or intermittent motion configurations. It features the new SimTap 3 simultaneous tablet placement feeder that provides a large format range, making it ideal for higher outputs according to the manufacturer. Machine can be quickly and easily adjusted for product or wrapping material changeover, often without the tools. Uhlmann Packaging Systems, Towaco, NJ; 973/402-8855; www.uhlmannpackaging.com.