LoeschPack upgrades wrapping systems for FachPack event
German-headquartered systems provider LoeschPack has confirmed its appearance at the FachPack trade fair event.
The packaging industry showcase takes place in Nuremberg between September 25-27, with a broad range of companies operating within the confectionery sector anticipated to be unveiling new ranges of machinery.
Loesch will be presenting its RCB-HS wrapping head machine, from its r-series that is designed for handling small-sized chocolate products in premium fold wraps.
With the horizontal flow pack of the F-Series, the firm has a concept solution that has been designed to combine efficiency and performance with low packaging material costs in its range. “The RCB-HS for small chocolate products and bars combines a premium look and maximum product protection in an end-to-end tightly sealed pack,” said CEO Dr Thomas Cord. “The extremely compact RCB-HS machine platform is designed for top performance and handles the primary packaging in modern chocolate production reliably and flexibly.”
As the company revealed, the system first released at Interpack 2017, and since then has undergone continuous advanced development.
“Since the recent successful market launch of the RCB- HS, the platform has established itself in the market,” reported Cord, who added that the performance of the equipment was capable of up to 600 items per minute, with even greater potential speeds of 800 products per minute with a variant for open folding.
“The concept has met with enthusiastic response in the Asian market.” Consumers can enjoy products with longer shelf lives and an optimised taste and texture experience. The chocolate products are presented in the premium fold wrap look that has made LoeschPack a market leader in this segment for decades.”
Classical fold wrap encounters premium packaging look
As the company explained, the RCB-HS is a continuously operating machine that produces the fold wrap in a wrapping head and circumferentially heat-seals or cold-seals the packaging material.
The variant with cold seal-capable film has the advantages of gentle material handling and excellent usability in machines, while the heat-seal variant uses less expensive packaging material. The heat bars always seal film against film, ensuring extremely tight packaging and preventing thermal damage to the products.
This is said to eliminate the need to use hot-setting glue when closing the packaging. In the next step, folding elements produce the premium fold wrap. For an optimal packaging look, small heat bars carefully affix the sealed film areas to the underside of the packaging in the discharge area.
“Our conscious decision to dispense with glue to seal the packaging reduces machine contamination, minimises operating costs and simplifies machine operation,” explained Cord, who added that an integrated opening aid has been created to make it easier to open the packaging.
Customers also have the option of applying a tear thread to sections of the packaging or integrating a tear aid into the packaging material. The processing of OPP film as the only packaging material leads to cost and resource reduction in comparison to conventional aluminium in the inner wrap and, typically, paper as the second packaging material.
Modern printing technology for films also enables attention- grabbing visual and haptic options to be used for packaging design. “As with all Loesch machines, the RCB-HS features quick, simple format changeover, a wide format range, excellent hygiene properties, high efficiency and performance, outstanding accessibility, and user-friendly operation,” added Cord.
The machine was optimised for quick format changeovers with a minimum of tools: set- up time around 60 minutes. Most belt changeovers and cleaning work can also be carried out without tools. Thanks to its design, the RCB- HS features long cleaning and maintenance intervals. In combination with its high quality of construction, this results in excellent machine availability that can be increased with accessory modules such as an auto-splice device.
As an alternative to the sealed fold wrap, Loesch offers the FCB horizontal flow wrapping machine for applications with low packaging material costs. The solution from the F-Series high performance platform is suitable for packaging chocolate, biscuits and chewing gum in flow packs. It is available with a large number of applications. “Alongside traditional fold wrap, the packaging machines in our F- Series can be optimally integrated into systems with a storage system, feeder and secondary and end-of-line packaging from LoeschPack,” added the chief executive.
– Loesch will be exhibiting at Fachpack in Hall 1, stand 1-218