Live from Chicago . . . it’s Pack Expo 2016

in Packaging Education and Training on November 05, 2016

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Let’s talk ‘open design’ for packaging machinery

Every Pack Expo, new packaging themes/trends emerge. After three days of walking the show, one for this year is machine accessibility—for faster changeover, and easier maintenance and/or cleaning.

The 9500 vertical form-fill-seal system from Pacmac (Booth S-2451) is the poster child of machine accessibility, with doors that open in front and on both sides. The newest sanitary design launched at Pack Expo.

Addressing the need for easy-to-clean machines, Pacmac built VFFS systems with a forming tube and sealing jaws that slide out, solid 2-inch stainless steel frame (no tubing), and angled cabinets and doors.

The intermittent-motion system can run various bag formats, including pillow and zipper bags. Speed varies with bag size and product loading, but one customer is running bags of fresh carrots at about 150 bags per minute.

While easy cleaning was the impetus for the open design, it also helps reduce changeover time and facilitates servicing.

— Lisa McTigue Pierce, executive editor


Page 2: Meet the IoT cloud-connected pallet

Page 3: Multiserve reclosable FFS tub eliminates an overcap

Page 4: Manual case sealing engineered with superior consistency

Page 5: Low-cost servo motors reduce bagger changeover by 75%

Page 6: Self-driving vehicle rides outside the lines

Page 7: New blister machine changes over in 10 minutes

Page 8: Design services, serialization support

Page 9: Safe access key to bag loader’s easy operation and changeover

Page 10: Laser system makes a high-resolution impact on beverage cans

Page 11: Stretch wrapper brands pallet loads for easy identity and added security

Page 12: Rapid clean servo-driven precision filler has HMI-free wireless interface

Page 13: Unique palletizer business model puts stock in standardization

Page 14: New pallet wrapper solves 3 common complaints

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