Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor -- Packaging Digest, 2/14/2013 8:48:44 AM
Standard-Knapp's new 597 Tritium Multipacker is a continuous-motion multipacker capable of handling applications in the food, beverage and personal care industries. With single, double and three lane configurations, the Tritium swiftly arranges products into compact pack patterns and wraps the configurations in film, thereby eliminating the need for trays and pads. The Multipacker then sends the packs through an energy-efficient heat tunnel to tightly shrink the film around each multipack producing a consistent, wrinkle-free bull's eye and bottom seal.
The Tritium boasts a lower carbon footprint than competing multipackers. Thanks to its energy efficient heat tunnel, and a reduced amount of overall packaging material used, customers can now experience a greener, more cost-efficient packaging process.
Standard-Knapp's modularly constructed, stainless steel multipacker is flexible and adaptable, and comes equipped with easy-access "gull wing" guard doors. These transparent, safety-interlock guard doors provide a clear view of all moving belts and chains, enabling "walk-by-maintenance" by maintenance personnel. It features both an innovative Robo-Wand wrapping section and precise servo-driven film cutting system. These features allow for wide product range capabilities, as well as increased speed and reliability.
Standard-Knapp has designed the 597 Tritium series to include a pull-out film feed module. Operators can now quickly pull the film feed out on rollers for convenient inspection and maintenance.
Printed or registered film is used to wrap each multipack, which provides a larger area for product information and allows retailers to stock their shelves faster and with less waste. A company's marketing message can now be printed on the translucent film to promote the cost-saving multi-pack purchase.
The Tritium comes equipped with Standard-Knapp's innovative Operator Interface, as well as the Zero-Gap II Infeed. The Operator Interface utilizes color touch-screen technology to offer a new level of intuitive machine control. Through computer-aided fault recovery, the Operator Interface reduces Mean Time to Recover (MTR) and increases efficiency for a broad range of challenging 24/7 applications. Zero-Gap II Infeed employs electronic sensors to monitor and control product movement, maintaining a constant low line pressure and maximizing machine uptime.