Uptime is more than the absence of downtime: It is how well your packaging line is running, which is contingent on how efficient each system in the line is operating. Here are four pieces of packaging equipment that improve their efficiency to help give your entire production line a boost.
Performance improvements apply to packages, as well as to packaging equipment. So we also present one new child-resistant closure design that enhances ease of use without sacrificing safety.
You can see these five new products in person at EastPack 2017 (June 13-15; New York City) during the Innovations in Packaging Performance tour on Wed., June 14, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. We’ll meet a few minutes before 2:00 p.m. in Booth 341 before embarking on our 1-hour circuit. I’ll be your tour guide, and will talk as we walk about how these performance improvements fit into overall packaging production and design trends. Come join us! Tour attendees will vote at the end of our trek on which new product will earn the 2017 EastPack Innovation Award.
We present the new developments here in alphabetical order by company name.
Page 1. Dartronics Inc.: Melt-and-dispense glue system efficiently seals packages
Page 2. EAM-Mosca Corp.: Strapping system uses ultrasonic sealing to secure pallet loads
Page 3. Keyence Corp.: Inkjet printer increases efficiency with auto-clean function
Page 4. The Plastek Group: Child-resistant closure performs for laundry pods
Page 5. Universal Robots USA Inc.: New 3D cobot packaging application shows performance flexibility
Melt-and-dispense glue system efficiently seals packages
A new compact design of the Graco InvisiPac HM25c Tank-Free hot melt application system integrates easily into existing packaging lines. The benefit of this on-demand system is the elimination of adhesive char and the inevitable downtime for maintenance.
Graco InvisiPac uses melting chambers that have a greater melting surface area versus the typical tank-based systems or reservoirs with melting fins. This means the equipment can melt the adhesive fast and dispense it immediately so waxes in the adhesive don’t evaporate, which saves on material costs. And since the adhesive doesn’t sit in a tank and char, frequent downtime for cleaning out plugged up nozzles is a thing of the past. According to the manufacturer’s distributor Dartronics, which will be showing this system at EastPack 2017, operators using InvisiPac hot melt systems can go over a year or more without changing settings or even touching the system, depending on the application.
Additionally, the InvisiPac HM25c is equipped with LineSite remote monitoring, so production managers can receive real-time performance reports and notifications to make sure their packaging lines keep producing.
Dartronics Inc., EastPack 2017 Booth 2821