Syntegon set to unleash major packaging systems at Fachpack

German packaging systems firm Syntegon is set to make a major presentation of equipment at this year’s Fachpack event, showcasing its latest integrated solutions, reports Neill Barston.

The event, being held between 27-29 September, will highlight the company’s dedication to placing sustainability at the top of its agenda in terms of equipment design.

“We want to support food companies in making their production fit for the future. The integration of flexible, automated systems and sustainable technologies contributes significantly to this goal. This allows manufacturers to react even faster to future trends,” explains Torsten Sauer, Project Manager Sustainability at Syntegon.

The business has been  engineering robotic solutions for decades, formerly under its previous guise as Bosch Packaging Technology. Notably, the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly accelerated the mega trend towards automation.

Consequently, the focus at Fachpack will therefore be on the European premiere of the RPP robotic pick-and-place platform: the modular platform complements packaging lines by taking over product handling and/or feeding. The robotic solution will be on display at the booth as part of a turnkey system in combination with the SVE 2520 DZ vertical bagger and the Kliklok ACE carton erector.

On site, the SVE 2520 DZ vertical form, fill and seal machine weighs MagNuss brand pistachios (part of Eurofood Handelsgesellschaft) before packing them into Doy bags.

The highly flexible machine also processes all other common bag formats. The RPP pick-and-place platform picks up the doy bags which are transported flat, positions them correctly and places five at a time upright in cardboard trays that have been preformed on the Kliklok ACE.

Furthermore, the ACE covers both glue closure and glueless lock-style closures, providing sustainable options for different carton formats. The individual components of the exhibited line can be configured flexibly, giving manufacturers many options to respond to changing market trends with a wide range of packaging styles, formats and materials.

Seamless integration into existing systems Syntegon also demonstrates its system competence with the Elematic 2001 wraparound case packer on display, that is now also available with a Beckhoff control system in Europe. As the solution can be seamlessly integrated into vertical and horizontal systems, manufacturers can add a Syntegon case packer to their packaging lines, thus increasing the level of automation in their production. Fast, tool-free format changes and more than 100 case designs allow manufacturers to respond quickly to changing market needs with the Elematic case packer. Additionally, all Elematic machines can reliably produce sustainable cases from recycled cardboard or grass fiber corrugated board.

Future sustainability

By the end of 2022, all Syntegon machines for food packaging will be able to process sustainable materials. “We’re already thinking about tomorrow: our Kliklok ACE carton erector, for example, creates paper trays for cookies, offering an attractive alternative to conventional plastic trays. And also the exhibited SVE processes not only plastic, but paper-based materials into pillow bags for frozen foods, as well as stand-up bags or doy bags for dry foods,” Sauer explains.

In 2021, Syntegon presented new concepts for structured paper pods and blisters formed on the TPU form, fill and seal machine. Just a year on, the company announced a cooperation with contract packer Truvant, who applies the solution for various customers. Visitors to Fachpack can experience the paper solutions at the company’s booth. Syntegon will also exhibit new sustainable coffee packaging made of mono-material that can be processed into recyclable bags on the new PMX packaging machine.

Closer collaboration with customers thanks to Service Agreements and Digital Solutions Innovations in the area of Services and Digital Solutions are another focus of the trade show booth. Syntegon now offers revised Service Agreements on different levels including services such as maintenance, spare parts management, remote service and training. The flexible approach enables support at a fixed price which is specific to individual needs. Part of the Service Agreements is Synexio, a cloud-based software solution for the acquisition and evaluation of machine and production data. With the generated real-time data, companies are able to streamline their maintenance processes and enhance their overall production efficiency.

If you want to learn more about future-proof packaging technologies, visit Syntegon at booth 1-204 at Fachpack in Nuremberg, Germany, from September 27-29.

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