Pouch Machine Leverages Magnetic Linear Technology for Fast Changeover

Modular machine provides horizontal form-fill-seal or fill-seal flexibility with integrated technology, from magnetic pouch movers to fast, automated touchscreen-and-servo changeovers.

Bob Sperber

December 16, 2020

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Photo supplied by KHS

The new KHS Innopouch Bartelt K-TRAK Series of pouching solutions uses a modular design for its operations with benefits that include the option to run fill-seal and/or form-fill-seal operations on the same line.

The use of magnetic linear technology increases flexibility, reliability, and fast changeovers. For instance, using magnetic movers and linear servos overcomes the speed and flexibility or motion limitations of belts, chains, or turrets to move pouches. This design uses independently controlled double pouch clamps and magnetic linear motion control to securely handle pouches.

When using the bag clamp maintenance loop, clamps can be easily removed for cleaning and maintenance while the machine is running. And when they’re replaced, the machine automatically merges the clamps back into production. Sanitary food design and IP69 protection are among many additional options.

Using a “pitch-less” design, the machine can automatically adjust for speed and pouch size, including single or double “duplex” pouches. And instead of “doing-legging” product to fill pouches, the pouches are brought directly to the filler, which also speeds changeover. A graphical touchscreen interface automates product changeover — from the push of a touchscreen button to the use of servos — such as when changing, for instance, from bottom-gusseted to side-gusseted pouches.

This solution was demonstrated by KHS USA during the 2020 Pack Expo Connects virtual show (November 9-13).

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About the Author(s)

Bob Sperber

Informa Markets - Engineering

Bob Sperber is a writer, editor, and content producer with more than three decades of experience on topics spanning engineering, manufacturing, and digital transformation. Reach him at [email protected].

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