Top 9 Modules for Your Packaging Line
In our previous blog post, we wrote about the main principles and advantages of modular design in the packaging industry. In this post, we will go through the most common modular add-ons that can make your packaging process much faster, efficient and cost-effective. So, without further ado, we present to you our top 9 modular enhancements for your packaging line.
- Automatic Bottle Loader
An Auto Bottle Loading system is an add-on used for loading bottles from a conveyor into the cartons. Bottles are received on a conveyor, the presence of a bottle is detected and will call for a carton to be erected (no bottle no wasted cartons) the bottles are then positively loaded into the carton. This kind of add-on saves money and time. Automatic bottle loading requires less manpower and it makes the packaging process more efficient. The conveying component is made of stainless steel in order to assure normal running of the device under different conditions.
- Automatic Leaflet feeder
Many products come with an important leaflet that describes the product and its proper use. These leaflets can be manually placed in the cartons before sealing, but there is a faster, more efficient, automated alternative. Using simple push-button operation the automatic leaflet feeder can automatically collate and insert literature at very high speeds. The automatic feeder allows you to free up staff from manual leaflet insertion tasks and let them focus on other things.
- Ink Jet or Laser printer
An InkJet Coder is a modular add-on for a packaging machine used to mark the package with very important, trackable information. The package, as it passes, activates a sensor at a fixed point in the packaging line, which activates a jet that shoots ink in a pre-determined pattern. The sensor and the position of printing head ensure the code is placed on the correct part of the package. Laser Coding is an enhancement for a packaging machine which marks packages with a help of a laser beam programmed to produce a code or date onto the package. It is used where ink coding is unsuitable, but also for the products that are being packed in high volumes, because laser coding is more cost-effective than the purchase of large quantities of ink. There are no liquids involved in the process so laser systems are also considered environmentally friendly.
- Glue or tuck closing
Tuck closing add-on is a closing system which closes a package, usually a carton, using pre-cut tabs and slots.
Glue sealing add-on is a sealing system which uses adhesive to seal cartons or corrugated cases and provides tamper-evident security for these packages.
- Automatic product feeding system
Production lines that work with a continuous high volume of products require feeding systems that can accept products from the manufacturing process and deliver them to the packaging machines without manual labor for more efficient and economic packaging process.
- Robotic product loading
Constantly evolving markets require frequent format changes, shapes, and dimensions of products. With changes in the product, a packaging format also needs to adapt to the consumer needs and preferences. It is necessary to have not only packaging machines with high flexibility on format changes but also product feeding systems for different types of packaging machines: cartoners, case packers, tray packers, palletizers, etc… Robotic feeding systems are highly efficient and flexible, enabling quick adaptations and changes with the minimum possible cost, supporting the initial investment.
- Net weigh scale interface
A net weigh scale is crucial for accurate and reliable dosing, yet it is often overlooked in a packaging facility. If packaging accuracy is low, it means packages are going to be overfilled, which will result in an excessive product give-away. Technology evolved from early electro-mechanical scale designs to a new generation of net weigh scales. Significant innovations in physical design, simple HMI software, and repeatable accuracy allow you to maximize packaging performance and profitability.
- Volumetric filler
Volumetric cup fillers measure out a product, usually free-flowing solids or powder, in a cup of specific, predetermined volume. This add-on is ideal for products like rice, candies or frozen peas, which do not generate dust. This type of filler is suitable for precise filling of products at both low and high speeds.
- Auger Filler
An Auger Filler is a filling mechanism for powder or free-flowing solids, which measures out a product with a help of an auger which is rotated for a predefined number of revolutions in a conical hopper to discharge the required volume of product. The main advantage of this system is the ability to control dust during the filling operation, so it is used extensively for powders and dusty free-flowing solids. Auger fillers are frequently used in conjunction with a weighing instrument in order to compensate for changes in the bulk density of the product. The fillers of this type are suitable for filling products at both low and medium speeds.
Now that you grasped the full potential and wide range of possibilities that come with a modular approach to packaging equipment, it is up to you to find the most reliable packaging machine manufacturer to develop a solution for you. Every packaging line, machine or system can be enhanced with these modular add-ons in order to meet your specific requirements. Don’t leave our website before you checked out Tishma Technologies’ cartoners, case and tray packers, and palletizers – each of them available with their unique set of modular add-ons.