3 new machines improve beverage packaging operations

Lisa McTigue Pierce in Beverage Packaging on August 22, 2017

What do a cobotic case loader, a low-volume capper and a compact labeler have in common? They all offer beverage packaging engineers new production options. And you can see all three of these new systems at Drinktec 2017.

If you’re in the beverage or liquid food markets, chances are good that you’ll be going to Munich, Germany, this September to see the newest technologies shown at Drinktec 2017 (Sept. 11-15), an event that happens just once every four years. Nearly a quarter of event visitors work in the manufacturing end of the business, which includes packaging. So more than 400 of the 1,700 exhibitors expected—also nearly 25%—will bring packaging innovations in equipment, as well as containers and materials.

Page 1. Cobotic case loader from Gebo Cermex.

Page 2. New capper from Silgan.

Page 3. Compact labeler, and compact can filler for craft breweries, from KHS.


Cobotic case loader safely takes on tedious tasks

The bending, lifting and twisting motions of packaging line workers filling a case erector magazine are not only tedious, but they can cause painful and costly musculoskeletal injuries. Adding a robotic loader to replenish case blanks into the feeding magazine can prevent these issues, but it requires extra floorspace for physical barriers for safety.

Now, a collaborative robot version of the automatic FlexiLoad magazine loader performs the same loading operation without the need for cumbersome guarding. The FlexiLoad cobot senses the presence of a person and either slows or stops depending on the proximity.

The new cobot loader can handle regular slotted containers (RSC), wraparound blanks and trays.

Gebo Cermex, Drinktec Booth #A6.330


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