Devising fast and flexible packaging for Easter confectionery surge
Delivering large quantities of different products reliably and in a variety of ways for Easter has typically posed considerable challenges for many product manufacturers, but as Theegarten-Pactec explains, solutions are at hand.
For many retailers, the Easter period is one of the busiest of the year in terms of chocolate and wider confectionery sales across a number of global markets.
In response to this, Theegarten-Pactec has developed its MCH packaging series, which was among equipment on display at this year’s ProSweets event in Cologne. It is built around a continuously operating two-head design that packs products gently and enables fast switching between different formats, wrapping types and packaging materials.
Up to 1,200 products can be foil-wrapped per minute or wrapped in a double twist wrapper. Assuming 15 Easter eggs or chocolate balls per pack, confectionery manufacturers can produce the filling quantity for more than 35,000 packs per shift.
Thanks to the optional double packaging material feeder, waxed paper, cellophane, plastic and aluminium foil can be combined to create very individual and high-quality solutions. Polypropylene films are stabilised by means of an air blast device, so even with this sensitive material the result meets the high standards applied by Theegarten-Pactec’s customers.
Quickly ready for new packaging tasks
The modular design of the MCH (CEO and president Markus Rustler pictured with the series recently at ProSweets), makes it possible to process different products and folding types on one machine. This saves customers of the Dresden-based packaging specialist investing in several machines and also in more floor space, especially in times of scarce and expensive property for commercial renting.
The changeover time between the different folding types and/or product formats is between two and six hours. This depends mainly on which folding types follow each other and whether the product format is to be changed at the same time, and offers the advantage of short downtimes combined with high flexibility.
Gentle treatment of soft-melting products
Sensitive products also benefit from the fact that Theegarten-Pactec is able to dispense with one head due to the special design principle. This ensures perfect protection for the confectionery as compared to machines with more product transfers. With MCH, the confectionery falls gently into the counterforms of the feeding plate so that the surface is not scratched. In addition, the packaging material is moved out of the separation ring directly after product removal. The fact that the two-head machine works continuously also contributes to this gentle treatment of the confectionery. Two additional sorting systems integrated into the machine ensure a convincing end result. On the one hand, they separate out products that are not dimensionally stable, as well as sugar icing and product splinters, before the packaging process. On the other hand, they remove spliced, defective and unwound products at the end.
A machine with many advantages
In addition to all these machine-related advantages, there is another: the fully automatic operation of the MCH means that a single operator is able to take care of several machines. Ultimately, the investment in a packaging machine made by the Dresden family business pays off several times over: it is flexible, high-performance, gentle on the product and very economical.