ilapak unveils new flow wrapping system for confectionery

Packaging specialist ilapak has released a new flow wrapper targeting the global confectionery and biscuit sector, designed for placement into fully automated production systems.

As the company revealed to Confectionery Production, its Carrera 5000 meets demand from middle-tier bakers and confectioners for a robust, easy to maintain machine that offers the same in-line integration and performance capabilities as a top-of-the-range flow wrapper but with fewer added features.

The Carrera 5000 slots neatly into the company’s range between the entry-level Carrera 1500 and the high-spec, high-speed Carrera 6000. The firm’s engineers have removed some of the features available on the Carrera 6000 that are superfluous to requirement for this target market and identified ways of stripping out cost without compromising build quality or performance. The Carrera 5000 is capable of 80 m/min on cold seal films and 40 m/min on hot seal films – matching the performance of the Carrera 6000. This has been achieved via a radical re-engineering of the machine frame that has produced the first of the company’s flow wrapper with a tubular frame for added robustness.

The Carrera 5000 is engineered to be integrated into a fully automated continuous workflow, with fully automatic feeding and the option to choose from any electronic platform, whether Rockwell, Siemens, Allen Bradley or Schneider. For easy access, the control panel is located on a swivel arm – the first time the business has used a swivel on a non-open frame machine.

The sealing system incorporates incremental innovations that have enabled ilapak to stretch the performance: price ratio of this system. Heavy duty shafts and surrounding bearings allow for greater and more consistent seal-jaw pressure; an improved jaw profile results in superior seal appearance and integrity and the use of micro-metric technology enables tool-less and repeatable adjustment of the sealing head for different material thicknesses.

The Carrera 5000 can run off pillow bags and gusseted pillow bags from film widths of up to 500mm, making it ideally suited to packaging bakery and confectionery items such as chocolate bars, cereal bars and biscuits.

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