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The trail-blazing horizontal pouch maker is the first in the world to offer continuous motion filling, doubling the speeds that can be achieved by its closest rivals. This enables food manufacturers and packers to form flat film stock into high quality stand-up doy packs at speeds that are normally only achievable for lesser quality, more basic bag styles.
ILAPAK has achieved this technological breakthrough via the development of a unique dual motion system, comprising an intermittent station for pouch forming and sealing and a continuous station for product filling.
Now, following further development, a new feature, called Register Splice, ensures that when two reels are spliced, the artwork is synchronised so that the splice is made ‘in register’. It does this by reading an eye mark and making the splice joint at a specific distance from that mark. This reduces the number of pouches that have to be discarded due to registration issues by up to 80%. In a further update, ILAPAK has installed a cooling system on the sealing bars to prevent the film from getting burned during micro-stops.
“Usually, if the machine has to be stopped for a few minutes, say, to clear a blockage on the line, this can cause burns to the film that is in the sealing bars, resulting in rejected pouches. Our new system isolates the film from the sealing bars to allow the machine to restart after micro-stops without the need for any pouches to be discarded,” explains Francesco Marchioni.
From a maintenance and troubleshooting perspective, the Lux 24 outsmarts the competition, with over 60 diagnostic videos embedded in its HMI. These easy-to-follow videos show operators how to do everything from clearing a jam to changing over parts and are activated by simply pressing a button on the HMI. Each machine is also supplied with the videos on a tablet for remote troubleshooting.
The versatile Lux 24 can be configured with filling solutions for liquids, solids, powders or granular products, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. These span sauces, soups, beverages, candies, cereals and grated cheese, as well as non-food products such as detergents. The doy pouches produced by the Lux 24 can be equipped with spouts, straws or zippers or even fitted with a handle.
Want to learn more about Lux24?, contact us or visit us at Taropak Hall 3A, Stand 66 (26-29 September, Poznan, Poland) or at Pack Expo 2016 Booth S-3448b ( 6-9 November, Chicago, USA)