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SOMIC combines High Speed and Sustainability in Packaging

SOMIC Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG Hall: 2 Stand: B2-18
SOMIC combines High Speed and Sustainability in Packaging
High performance in production is necessary if you want to serve this growing market - not only in the production of the sticky and nutty products but also in the subsequent packaging. Only a reliable process that is as continuous as possible can ensure high product quality in terms of taste and shelf life as well as a perfectly shaped appearance on the shelf. As a manufacturer of end-of-line packaging machines, SOMIC forms the last link in the chain of the production and packaging process and has now taken up the high-performance idea with the new bar machine. The SOMIC SSL 800 packs 800 bars in 120 cartons per minute. It provides the perfect complement to high-performance flowpack packaging machines with output rates of 600 to 800 products per minute. "The products in the flowpack should be processed gently and the carton packaging must optimally match the product and appearance," explains sales manager Stefan Julinek. "It must be possible to produce a high-quality carton with the defined number of bars with reproducible quality." The products arriving from the form fill and seal machine can be fed directly into the SOMIC machine without a long buffer section and even with changing product distances. The collection system of the SOMIC SSL 800 thus also allows a remote set-up from the flowpacker. Within hundredths of a second - barely perceptible to the naked eye - the alignment unit positions the products in such a way that they are transferred to the carrier fan chain in neat order and grouping. A two-axis robot with asuitable gripper head and vacuum technology picks up the predefined product grouping and places it gently into the flat unfolded cartons. Up to eight cartons are ready in the loading module, close together, without the usual gaps for the folding flaps. This creates the necessary performance for high-performance operation. Not only performance counts "Part of our philosophy is that we fundamentally look at sustainability in every solution," explains Julinek. This applies to all machines in the portfolio and also to the SSL 800. "We naturally ask ourselves what recommendation we can give the customer to make his operation the best possible. We always look at the overall concept." Instead of a high-performance line, one could - according to Julinek - of course rely on individual machines with distribution diverters to distribute the product flow to several machines. However, losses in the efficiency of the line are inevitable - which is certainly not in line with the sustainability demands of many food producers. The more complex the line, the greater the number of product manipulations and the greater the potential efficiency losses. In terms of overall energy consumption, it is also cheaper to run one highperformance machine than several smaller machines in parallel. Beyond this general aspect, other features show how intensively the designers take the idea of sustainability into account. Economical consumption of resources... The motion sequences during the folding and packaging process are particularly important. The linear axes -
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