World premières, system solutions and “ChoConnect”
Loesch Verpackungstechnik will be attending interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf with a wide range of new machines. On stand A41 in hall 15 at the leading industry fair, the Franconian machinery engineering company will be presenting the world première of its RCB-HS for packaging small chocolate products. LoeschPack will also be showing the new LOOP-GB gondola storage system and the FCB high-performance platform for packaging chocolate, biscuits and chewing gum. Completing this system is the new CMT high-performance cartoning machine. The system supplier is also presenting new developments relating to Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.
Innovation development RCB-HS:
At interpack 2017 LoeschPack is presenting the world debut of its RCB-HS. This innovative development is ideal for small chocolate products, combining a hermetically sealed pack style with a traditional fold wrap look. “Unique in this segment,” says Olaf Piepenbrock of the latest product developed by LoeschPack. The managing partner of parent company Piepenbrock adds: “The RCB-HS offers a new and innovative way to pack chocolate bars, tablets and neapolitans in a premium look, at the same time ensuring excellent product protection from environmental influences.” Consumers can enjoy products with longer shelf lives and improved taste and texture. The chocolate products are presented in a superior fold wrap look. “With excellent performance of up to 600 products a minute, the RCB-HS in this combination is unique in the chocolate sector,” says Piepenbrock. The machine produces the fold wrap in one wrapping head and hot-seals the pack circumferentially. The heat bars always seal film against film, ensuring extremely tight packaging and preventing any damage to the products. Folding elements then produce the traditional fold wrap. “The conscious decision to dispense with any use of glue to seal the pack reduces soiling of the machine, minimises running costs and simplifies machine operation,” explains Piepenbrock.
Full expertise in one system: LOOP-GB, FCB and CMT
LoeschPack is presenting its new LOOP-GB gondola storage system, the high-performance FCB platform and the new top loading cartoning machine in a complex system. The LOOP-GB (gondola buffer) storage system is suitable for a huge range of pre-packed or unpacked products and features a large and variable size range. It guarantees gentle product handling by reducing gondola vibration and consistently helping to prevent mechanical forces act on the product. “Our new gondola storage system harmonises incoming product flows depending on positioning in the feed and distribution system, and adjusts them as required,” says Olaf Piepenbrock. This counterbalances output fluctuations in the downstream packaging area, enables brief temporary holding of products and prevents the packaging machines from overflowing. “The LOOP-GB can also be used to feed packaging machines directly or interlink various levels within a production facility,” says Piepenbrock, naming some further possible uses. By uncoupling the dosing unit and the packaging machine, the overall line performance and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) are considerably increased compared to a coupled process. “The LOOP-GB’s feed and discharge rate of up to 160 rows a minute represents world-class performance in the industry. Our buffer is also extremely flexible – depending on the task, one, two or three outputs are possible,” says Piepenbrock.
The “F-Series” for ultimate flow wrapping performance
The high-performance F-Series platform for packaging chocolate, biscuits and chewing gum in flow wrap is another of LoeschPack’s exhibits at interpack 2017. “Our F-Series flow wrapping system solutions are a byword for top performance, outstanding, overall equipment effectiveness and excellent size flexibility combined with low packaging costs,” says Piepenbrock. Short size changeover times make the F-Series a compelling proposition for customers. Every setting can be precisely reproduced, guaranteeing stable machine operation and optimum performance after only a very short time. Piepenbrock points to another benefit: “Intelligent process engineering for the seal modules means fewer rejects when stopping and starting the packaging machine.” This makes the F-Series more resistant to varying ambient conditions. In addition, the new product line features ideal hygiene characteristics, meaning fewer interruptions for cleaning. Simple and time-saving cleaning, together with outstanding maintenance accessibility, further increase the efficiency of the flow wrapping machines. “Alongside traditional fold wrapping machinery, the F-Series is easy to integrate in a system with storage, feeder, secondary and end-of-line packaging from LoeschPack,” says Piepenbrock. A newly developed transformation wheel for transferring pre-packed items to LoeschPack secondary packaging equipment serves as an additional system component in the field of high-performance feeding. Up to 1,500 items a minute can be picked, adjusted in their horizontal alignment for discharge and set down again. That facilitates faster and more efficient feeding of the downstream machinery.
CMT: a byword for top performance when packing in cartons
The new CMT (Cartoner for Multipacks Toploading) high-performance cartoning machine from LoeschPack combines excellent flexibility with maximised performance in a highly compact design. The completely new, modular top loading cartoning system offers customers ideal layout freedom during integration in their peripheral plant equipment. With suitable products, the new platform can handle up to 1,500 products a minute during infeed. The CMT then generates a range of pack formations with an output of up to 150 cartons a minute. “In this high-end segment, the system ideally complements the high-performance primary fold and flow wrapping packaging machines in the LoeschPack portfolio, as our new product reliably handles both accumulable and non-accumulable products,” says Olaf Piepenbrock. In the platform layout, modules decoupled via an electromagnetic shuttle system enable a huge range of machine versions. The main segments of “erecting carton”, “filling”, “sealing lid” and “carton discharge” apply a modular concept and are supported by a flexible base frame. Each shuttle can be separately controlled and – depending on the behaviour of the other shuttles – precisely positioned. The CMT can easily handle traditional layouts such as “in-line”, “90°” or “counterflow”. “Considerable freedom is enabled in terms of the operating side, the position of the carton magazine and the feed layout. This layout flexibility is the platform’s outstanding strength in this market segment,” says Piepenbrock. The new cartoning machine can thus be ideally integrated within customers’ packaging and logistics process as well as existing systems.
“ChoConnect” contributing to Industry 4.0
When it comes to Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT), LoeschPack offers its customers a wide range of options. As a member of the “ChoConnect” cooperation network, the company also helps to point the way ahead. Numerous equipment options for machinery made at the innovative Franconian company have already been reflecting aspects subsumed under the term Industry 4.0 for many years. One example is a remote maintenance module that allows LoeschPack to analyse machine states directly in the customer’s production facilities and use the information gained to make recommendations for action. The application makes it possible to install new firmware in the machinery without a programmer needing to be present. At interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf, the special-purpose machinery engineer will for the first time be presenting a method of interlinking several machines made by different manufacturers within a single production line. To this end, LoeschPack, Rexroth, Winkler und Dünnebier, Theegarten-Pactec and Sollich have come together to form a strategic partnership called “ChoConnect” and define a common standard. “This process is not only about sharing ready signals and coordinating interfaces in the machines, but represents the wide-ranging and intelligent networking of individual production stages,” says Piepenbrock. Starting with automatic recipe transfer and the transmission of machine states or performance variables, a form of “virtual production” will be shown at interpack 2017 and can be viewed at the stands of all the participating companies. “We are jointly working on a ‘responsive production line’ that, as required and depending on the machine states in the overall line combination, automatically adjusts its output at the separate production stages,” adds Piepenbrock. “On this scale, the alliance’s approach is unique within the industry and will set a clear benchmark.” Frequent batch changes are a further aspect of modern confectionery production, requiring fast, reliable and reproducible format changeovers. Based on RFID technology, LoeschPack is presenting a solution for reliable detection and control of its size components. With this application, the operator is assisted when changing sizes, as the machine automatically checks whether all size components are fitted and correct. Only once all steps have been correctly completed and match the intended size does the machine commence operation. This produces a noticeable reduction in production time losses and further increases the efficiency of the machinery and systems. The beneficiary of these innovative technologies is the market leader for bar packaging, the LTM-DUO. The latest generation of the flexible fold wrapping machine packs up to 215 bars of chocolate a minute in a primary wrap, with a carton label outer wrap.
Gum Information Center (GIC)
LoeschPack is rounding off its showing at interpack 2017 with an extensive presentation on all aspects of chewing gum. Technical animations, videos and a multitude of fascinating product samples exemplifying many different packaging solutions will be shown. Visitors will be able to find out about the automation solutions for feeding chewing gum slabs into high-performance packaging machines. The LoeschPack stand team will provide information on the new LOGAMAT-S wrapping head machine for traditional chewing gum sticks as an economical variant in the high-performance range of up to 1,500 sticks a minute. The machine first packs the sticks individually in paper-backed aluminium film. Five pre-packed sticks are held together with band wrap and then packed in the sales packaging. The company will also be telling visitors about its innovative chewing gum packaging and systems solutions for wrapping, boxing and sealing multipacks in cellophane.
LoeschPack is a technology and innovation leader in packaging machines and complete systems for packaging chocolate, chewing gum, confectionery, dry baked goods, food and non-food products. In this tremendously dynamic industry, LoeschPack has been a byword for the highest quality standards, flexible and economical system solutions and all-around, innovative global service with innovative service products since 1919. Like its affiliate Hastamat Verpackungstechnik GmbH, Loesch Verpackungstechnik GmbH is part of the German family-run business Piepenbrock. The company, founded in 1913, is currently headed by the fourth generation of the family, managing partners Olaf and Arnulf Piepenbrock. Together with affiliate company Hastamat, joint packaging systems and solutions for a wide range of packaging tasks will be on display at interpack 2017, in line with the promise of > Packaging your ideas…