Syntegon offers major automation upgrade for case packing system

A notable enhancement has been made to Syntegon’s Elematic 3001 WAH case packer, which now features a key operator assistance system boosting automation and capabilities and is designed for sectors including confectionery and snacks manufacturers, writes Neill Barston.

Significantly, as the German-headquartered business explained, it has amassed a strong track record building case packers at Remshalden for 60 years, with its current lines now offering further optimising format change processes.

As the company added, the systems upgrade has been developed to make product format changeovers more consistent, user-friendly and efficient with manufacturing operations, allowing users to choose between different options for guided, verified or semi-automatic size changeovers.

“The new features can be used both independently and in combination with each other,” says Bernhard Vaihinger, Strategy & Product Management Secondary Food Packaging.

As the company added, with Guided Size Changeover, the Human Machine Interface (HMI) and the message-in-place screens show machine operators step-by-step instructions. These indicate which format parts and settings need to be changed. LEDs provide additional guidance as to where the task needs to be carried out.

Furthermore, if users opt for Verified Size Changeover, every setting and format part is automatically checked via RFID technology. This eliminates production interruptions and downtime caused by incorrect format parts. In combination with Guided Size Changeovers, manufacturers can achieve efficient processes during which every step is automatically confirmed.

Moreover, in the Semi-Automatic Size Changeover option Syntegon Operator Assistance ensures a particularly efficient size changeover thanks to intelligent drives at the format points. Operators select the desired format at the touch of a button on the HMI and the machine automatically moves in position in a set sequence.

As the business concluded, with its new solution, it has demonstrated that innovation remains a core driver of its operations: “We have been developing pioneering technologies for packaging solutions for over 60 years,” continues Vaihinger.

“New features like the Syntegon Operator Assistance make an important contribution to this – and highlight Syntegon’s decades of technological leadership and system expertise for horizontal and vertical packaging lines.”


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