Syntegon prepares to unveil latest series of equipment at Pack Expo

Equipment and systems firm Syntegon is set to present its core portfolio of processing and packaging solutions at the US Pack Expo in the US, this autumn, writes Neill Barston.

Visitors to the event taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago between October-23-26, can find the German-based business at booth S-3514 and the Emerging Brands Summit booth EB-15 in S-100 can expect insights into innovative robotic handling solutions, automation technologies.

It will also be showcasing advanced and sustainable system concepts for primary and secondary packaging. One of the highlights at the booth will be the official launch of the new Intelligent Direct Handling (IDH) pick-and-place system for cookies, crackers and biscuits.

Among highlights from its appearance, experts from Makat will offer consulting on producing a variety of high quality sweets, such as jelly or candy. Makat kitchen and depositing solutions are highly precise and handle products gently from ingredient preparation to product finishing – the result are high quality confectionery products. The latest innovation is Makat’s starchless depositing turnkey solution, catering the growing demand for functional and medicated sweets.

Additionally, the packaging experts will showcase their comprehensive system competence with displays of the RPP robotic pick-and-place platform in combination with a MEC endload cartoner, as well as a SVE 2520 Doy Zip vertical bagger with an Elematic 3001 case packer.

“We not only unite our renowned brands like Kliklok, Doboy, Elematic, Makat, Woodman, Osgood and Sigpack under a common Syntegon umbrella, we also offer various technologies that cater to different needs and facilitate the shift towards future-proof and sustainable packaging processes for our customers,” says Brad Baker, Sales Director North America at Syntegon.

The business has gained key expertise in  integrating robotics and has been engineering pick-and-place systems, and following the ongoing trend towards automated handling solutions, the company will unveil present the newly developed intelligent direct handling (IDH) for the flat handling of cookies, biscuits, crackers or chocolate for the first time at Pack Expo 2022.

The advanced pick and place concept uses linear motor technology (XTS) – the smooth movements of the linear motors ensure gentle handling of the sensitive products. In addition, the IDH ensures increased production speeds as it can pick up many products simultaneously and place them in infeed chains or trays in one step. Also, it allows for high pack style flexibility on a compact footprint. At the booth, the IDH will be integrated with a Pack 202 horizontal flow wrapper to form an efficient and flexible system for packaging cookies into trays which will be overwrapped.

Another example of Syntegon’s robotic expertise on the Pack Expo booth is the recently launched Syntegon RPP pick-and-place platform: the robotic solution will be shown together with a Kliklok MEC endload cartoner for robotic feeding and loading of pastry products such as toaster pastries. The RPP picks the manually loaded products and places four flow wraps, each holding two toaster pastries, into up to 80 cartons per minute. The downstream MEC is also equipped to handle different speed ranges and format sizes –  offering manufacturers a future-proof automated solution.

Flexible systems
To remain competitive in the future, companies in the food industry rely on flexible equipment that allows them to quickly react to dynamic market trends. One such solution will be on display at the Pack Expo booth, consisting of a SVE 2520 Doy Zip vertical bagger and an Elematic 3001 WA wraparound case packer.

The system packages chocolate buttons into re-sealable Doy Zip bags that keep the confectionery products fresh.The highly flexible machine also processes all other common bag formats, and feeds them to the Elematic 3001 WA. The case packer is known for its format flexibility and easy changeovers, placing the bags in corrugated cases. Manufacturers looking for a topload solution for RSC cartons can take a closer look at the Elematic 1001 TL: the case packer boasts a large format range and groups products into various collations before placing them into corrugated or solid board cases. Both case packers can easily be integrated into complete system solutions.

In addition, Syntegon will exhibit the continous band sealer CBS-D for vertical and horizontal formats from its Doboy brand. The bag sealer can flexibly process a variety of products, from food to non-food and medical items, and can be added to existing packaging lines. Its advanced sealing technology ensures tight, high-quality seals – even for applications that require hermetic sealing.

Furthermore, with the  Kliklok ACE carton erector, the Syntegon brand offers customers from the food industry not only full format flexibility for cartons, but also the option to create sustainable cookie trays. Thanks to the innovative lock-style technology, the ACE folds glue-free trays made of paper – and enables manufacturers to replace conventional plastics with a recyclable alternative. “By integrating automated systems and sustainable technologies, we support food companies that need to react to dynamic market trends quickly,” explains Baker.

Product protection thanks to hygienic system solutions
While the exhibited SVE vertical bagger stands out due to its pack style flexibility, the SVC impresses with its hygienic design features. The machine is suitable for harsh environments and washdown cleaning, avoiding cross-contamination and keeping products and consumers safe.





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