Carle&Montanari-OPM set to unveil packaging system at IBA

Italian manufacturer Carle&Montanari-OPM has confirmed it is to unveil its latest flow packaging solution at this year’s IBA event in Munich, Germany.

As the company revealed, its latest equipment has been developed for delicate products that can’t be handled with traditional systems used within the sector.

The solution, which will be showcased at IBA between September 15-20, and it is said to be well suited to several applications. One of its core markets is expected to be the bakery segment, where the features of flexibility and “handling care” are the skills requested to best preserve the integrity and quality of products.

It has been designed to operate with products such as baked items that have ingredients on their surface or irregular edges. According to the manufacturer, the configuration includes the packaging of biscuits, which have been previously grouped into stacks through a loading cell equipped with “Fast Pickers” (Delta) robots.

Thanks to a special Smart Pick gripping system, robots are able to handle single biscuits and form stacks from 1 to 4 pieces, by depositing them synchronised between the lugs of the JT Pro infeed main chain.

Designed with stainless steel frame and with all parts involved in food grade standards, this solution has been developed to meet high sanitation criteria for production environments and requires extremely simple maintenance in a short time.

Upon exiting the flowpack JT Pro, the biscuit packs are then placed in boxes through a secondary packaging cell Carle&Montanari-OPM, which allows system users to form, fill and  close boxes through a mono-block frame. It has been designed to be user-friendly, as well as being easy to clean.

One of its selling points is said to be the quick format change that takes place without tools.  The configuration to be introduced at IBA includes an electronic box forming machine.

As part of the Carle&Montanari-OPM range of machines, this solution is also compliant with the requirements of Industry 4.0, and allows connection to factory networks for data collection as predictive as preventative maintenance planning.

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