Row removal system raises the bar in wrapping efficiency

Delta Systems’ highly efficient integrated handling, feeding and wrapping systems have been optimizing bakery and confectionery lines for many years and at Interpack (Hall 8b, Stand C40) the ILAPAK company will preview its latest solution for these industries - a shuttle feeder that improves efficiency when handling fragile or sticky products.

The SF600 unit features a shuttling take-away belt for transferring items such as enrobed chocolate bars or granola bars from a wide band conveyor to a flow wrapper at speeds of up to 600 per minute, without the risk of damage.

Bars enter the unit on a belt incorporating a section that tilts down to allow them to pass onto a lifting station. This delivers the bars onto the take-away belt, which shuttles back and forth to transfer them to the wrapper.

“Because the shuttling belt is moving at the same speed as the product moving towards it, the transfer from one to the other is extremely smooth, resulting in considerable efficiency gains versus other methods of transfer,” explains Liam Buckley, sales director at Delta Systems.

Most rival systems push product across a stationary belt, which not only results in inconsistent positioning of items on the belt, but also causes build-up of debris from sugar, syrup etc, which, over time, leads to inefficient operation.

A smart-belt infeed that automatically pitches the bars as they come off the removal station also adds to the efficient operation of the Delta system.

“Bars enter the unit long-edge leading. The smart-belt infeed then rotates them through 90 degrees and places the products on pitch to the wrapper short-edge leading and uniformly spaced,” says Liam.

At Interpack the SF600 unit will be feeding Delta Systems’ Eagle flow wrapper, a new high speed model designed to be integrated into a fully automated line. Key features include a multi-axis, servo-driven platform accurate film control and heavy duty, plate frame construction. The flow wrapper is supplied with an IP65 rating as standard, but can be built to IP69 if full wash-down is required.

The wrapper, the smart-belt infeed and the row removal station are supplied as a turn-key system, enabling customers to benefit from integrated controls, commonality of components and a single team for servicing and maintenance. 

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