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JJA Pack offers the latest technologies in filling and sealing for the food and beverage industries


JJA Pack is a UK based company with a worldwide reputation for service & support for the food and beverage industry. Working with some of the Worlds leading suppliers, JJA Pack is able to offer the following:

  • Fully automatic rotary or linear cup filling machinery.
  • Rotary bottle filling machinery for both juices and carbonated drinks.
  • Project management.
  • Liquid filling and handling.
  • Total line solutions.
  • Refurbishments.
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Yamato to Reveal New Series of Check Weighers and General Purpose Weigher at Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition

Yamato, the leading manufacturer of multihead weighing technology, will be demonstrating its new I series checkweigher and Semi Automatic weigher (SDW) at this year’s Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition.

The new I series check weigher series is designed to increase profits by enabling improved productivity, yield rate and increased reliability through high operating speeds, reduced power consumption and uncompromising accuracy. It’s also easy to use, making it straightforward to change product lines over at the touch of a button, reflecting the fast moving requirements of modern production lines.

Constructed using tubular legs, the new checkweigher comes complete with IP 67 stainless steel housing and one-touch removable conveyors that enable a tool-free strip down. It is also fully complaint with European Directives and comes complete with a 200kg load cell capacity.

With significant advancements in technology over the years, the humble checkweigher has evolved from weighing goods on a production line, to become a key element in manufacturers’ quality control programmes. In fact, many food manufacturers now rely on these machines for their unparalleled accuracy, efficiency and to meet super market requirements.

Ian Aitchison, Technical Manager, Yamato said: “The consequences of a package containing either too much, or too little of a product, can lead to a serious loss of revenue and reputational damage. Customers will not tolerate inconsistencies in their purchases. They have certain expectations based on historic buying patterns which means each product must be consistent with the description, including weights stipulated on the packaging, or customers will turn to another brand to meet their needs. The equipment we will be demonstrating at Total 2013 has been specifically designed to tackle these challenges.”

Also launching at Total 2013, Yamato are set to reveal the new SDW – which is ideal for weighing meats, fish, vegetables and delicate produce.

The SDW weigher is waterproof and washable, meaning that cleaning and maintenance is simple. It is also multifunctional, as operational settings can facilitate the registration of up to 100 products while also being capable of mix weighing and count-weighing making it an extremely versatile machine.

Aitchison concludes, “The flexibility, speed and accuracy offered by the new I-Series and SDW can really help business improve accuracy and efficiency. This enables the technology to play a crucial role in processing and packaging applications whilst providing a source of critical data, enabling manufacturers to improve production and delivery.”

For more information on both these machines, please visit Stand F20 at the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition 2013, 4-6 June 2013, NEC Birmingham.

About Yamato Scale Dataweigh

Yamato has operated in theUKsince 1994 and currently employs 27 people at its Leeds-based office. The company provides customers with after sales service, spare parts and actuator repairs, and is responsible for business inSweden,Norway,Finland,Italy, the Middle East andSouth Africa.

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Nordson to reveal the future of package sealing at this year’s Total Exhibition.

The Total Processing & Packaging Show is the UK’s largest event for processing and packaging machinery, equipment, materials and services. This year Nordson will be exhibiting at the show, which is being held on 4th to 6th June at the NEC Birmingham.

On stand C80, Nordson will be launching the all new Freedom™ Hot Melt Dispensing System. Freedom™ is the future of package sealing, cleverly combining a tank-less metler with an automatic fill unit that looks to provide payback. The Freedom™ Hot Melt Dispensing System seeks to pay for itself in as little as 12 months and keeps the payback coming over its lifetime. Addressing the challenges that packaging customers face daily, Freedom™ offers a unique system design, it’s latest technologies allow for the user to experience freedom from adhesive availability concerns, downtime associated with char and contamination, as well as a whole host of other benefits which include the health and safety aspects of manual filling which Freedom™ eliminates.

Nordson will also be promoting the benefits to automated filling via the fully integrated automatic melter & fill system, ProBlue® Fulfill™. Providing an effective way to generate savings, create sustainability and improve overall operation efficiencies, ProBlue® Fulfill™ saves operator time and delivers uninterrupted production as it automatically seeks to refill the melter tank, eliminating the need for manual filling. It also delivers increased safety to operators, reducing exposure to hot adhesives and prevents manual overfilling and spilling. The other benefit to ProBlue® Fulfill™ is it’s designed for efficient operation and maintenance; the automatic fill system allows for quick and easy maintenance which minimises the need for downtime, plus can save on labour costs and improve on operator safety.

MiniBlue® II Hot Melt Dispensing Guns are also available to view on the Nordson stand, displaying their strength in reliability and consistent robust performance. The insulating covers, that come as standard on MiniBlue® II, reduce energy use up to 38% and minimise contact with heated surfaces. The covers also maintain applicator and adhesive temperature which achieves better flow, adhesive cutoff and bonding.

Nordson will also be running a light-hearted challenge that provides an important message to visitors. The challenge is based around the aspects of manual filling and the benefits to the alternative automated filling route. All will become clear by visiting Nordson at stand C80 on show days.

Nordson sets the standards within adhesive dispensing systems for energy efficiencies, safety and reliability. For further information on ProBlue® Fulfill™, Freedom™, MiniBlue® II or any Nordson product, please call 01296 610140.

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Horizontal and vertical produce bagging from Erapa

Erapa’s Crima wrapping machine combines the characteristics of a manual/semi-automatic flow wrapper and form fill and seal machine in one unique, compact package.

The ability to be adjusted through horizontal to vertical positions to suit the product or application type provides a flexible solution to a wide range of low to medium volume packaging needs. Coupled with the additional options of print registration, date coding and weigh price systems the Crima offers a versatile, cost effective method for flow packing trays, vegetables, bakery, pasta and other granular product types as well as non-food items.

The Crima is able to run polypropylene, laminated, perforated and polythene films up to 1000mm wide and can produce bag lengths from as little as 10mm to infinity.

For more details, or to arrange a demonstration in their Luton showroom, contact Erapa (UK) on 01582 722462 or email See them also at Total Processing and Packaging at the NEC, Birmingham on 4th to 6th June where they will be exhibiting their full range of packaging machinery.

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Ishida to display new products at Total

Ishida will be displaying a raft of new products at this year’s Total show

Highlights will include the UK exhibition début of Ishida’s latest multihead weigher model, which is due to be officially launched in May.  Also making its first appearance will be a new semi-automatic tray sealer, alongside latest developments in X-ray and checkweigher technology as well as a high-performance snack food packing system. The company says the new semi-automatic QX-300-FLEX traysealer is ideal for growing businesses or new product development work.

Offering the same performance and pack appearance as its larger QX Flex family members, the QX-300 combines high sealing pressure with precise control of the sealing time and temperature to deliver the highest seal integrity for optimum shelf-life and perfect pack presentation.

Quality control solutions on display include Ishida’s latest checkweigher, the DACS-G, which features a new Ishida-designed, exceptionally fast and accurate loadcell that is able to operate with great reliability in the harshest of environments. It can also switch between two weighing capacities to allow a larger product range to be packed on one line.

The DACS-G will be demonstrated using Ishida’s just-launched IDCS II (Ishida Data Capture System).  This system provides data monitoring and analysis for every pack that goes across the checkweigher in order to help improve Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE), monitor packing line performance and enhance the profitability of production lines.

Also on show will be Ishida’s IX-GA X-ray technology which can  detect even tiny amounts of foreign bodies down to 0.3mm in size, such as steel, aluminium, tin, glass, stones, hard rubber, plastic, some bones and shell.  In addition, the machine incorporates Ishida’s Genetic Algorithm (GA) technology which enables any operator to ‘train’ the X-ray system for greater sensitivity to specific contaminants.  It can also spot missing, undersized and mis-shaped items or damaged products and the software allows product masking and weight estimations.

The iTPS – Ishida Total Packaging System – is the complete snack food packing system where all the major elements come from one supplier. Shown with Ishida’s advanced Atlas high speed, high-efficiency snack food bagmaker, Ishida multihead weigher, throat metal detector and printer, and available with seal tester and checkweigher, the fully integrated system delivers near-zero product giveaway at speeds of up to 250 bpm for extruded snacks and up to 150 bpm for potato crisps (using its unique charge transfer control system (CTC).

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Videojet to unveil 1000 series addition at Total 2013

Videojet has announced that it will unveil its expanded portfolio at The Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition

Issues of transparent traceability and assured product integrity have been highlighted of late in light of the horsemeat scandal, making the ability to assuage public fears vital.

Renowned for its broad range of coding assurance solutions, Videojet are confident that their latest additions will help brand owners to do just that.

“Recent news stories have helped reinforce the importance of product traceability, assurance and integrity,” comments Tom Hawkins, Videojet sales director UK and Ireland. “Despite the fact the erroneous activity clearly took place at the start of the supply chain it is brands who will continue to suffer from the public backlash.  Expectations regarding transparency and reliability will be raised and the ability to demonstrate clear and effective coding will become a critical tool in rebuilding consumer confidence.”

Videojet will present the new 50 series (1550/ 1650) small character inkjet printers as part of its 1000 series range. The Videojet 1650 and Videojet 1550, with line speeds of up to 293mpm and 278.6mpm respectively, are designed to minimise planned and unplanned downtime and maximise printer availability.

Among the features are Dynamic Calibration for the optimisation of print quality in changing environmental conditions, CleanFlow print head technology to reduce ink build-up for longer runs between print head cleanings and a core life of up to 14,000 hours to extend run times between preventive maintenance.

A CLARiTY interface reduces errors, a large, responsive 10.4inch touch screen assures easy operation and a Smart Cartridge fluid system reduces waste, mess and mistakes.

Also new is the compact Videojet 3020 while Total 2013 visitors should also look out for the unveiling of a new product, details of which will be announced at the show.

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Schubert to present F44 picker line at Total 2013

Schubert, the automated packaging system specialist, will be displaying an F44 picker line at this year’s Total exhibition.

Using the TLM transmodule, the line is capable of packing products ranging from chocolate bars and biscuits to bottles, tubes, sachets and cans in complex collations.

Transmodules are the intelligent vehicles driven by a servomotor which carry out numerous transport tasks, Managing Director of Schubert UK; Mark Stepney says “continuous innovations mean that the Transmodule is becoming more compact with better performance. This enables the supply of smaller more flexible packaging machines”.

Visitors to the Schubert stand will see TLM F4 robots pick up Tunnocks teacakes from the product belt and place them, pre grouped onto a Transmodule in non-stop operation.

Schubert Transmodules have been integrated in packaging machines since September 2008. They are equipped with a path control and can be used for both, continuous operation and for a combination of cyclical and continuous movement.

Flexibility results when simple mechanical systems, intelligent control and interchangeable tools are used. The transmodule was the first transport robot worldwide and was developed based on these criteria. The F44 pickerline will be on display on stand H70 at the Total exhibition, 4– 6 June 2013, at the NEC Birmingham.

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Speakers set to make their mark at Total Processing & Packaging

The great and the good of the industry will travel to Birmingham, next month, for the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition. Packaging News presents a sneak preview of some of the seminars and top speakers

Top industry speakers from big names, including Marks & Spencer and B&Q, will be descending on Birmingham’s NEC next month to take part in the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition’s seminar programme. The show runs from 4-6 June and the event’s organisers hope to pull in crowds to listen to the hottest debates as well as understanding the big topics in the processing and packaging industry.

The show comprises of three events – Pakex, Interphex and the PPMA Show  –  and will host several seminar programmes in the Pakex Innovation Hub, the Manufacturing Forum and the Interphex Theatre. Pakex is thought to be one of the world’s oldest packaging events. The show incorporates all elements of packaging, including; packaging innovations, packaging machinery, packaging materials and packaging services.

Pakex Innovation Hub

On the second day (5 June) of the show Packaging News features editor Philip Chadwick will be chairing the programme, which kicks off with  Joe Schurtz, executive vice president of Perception Research Services. He will reveal what shoppers look at when they buy products. Speaking from 11am-11.45am he will share insights into what is driving shoppers in 2013 and look at how their relationship with packaging is developing into the future.

Next up, from 12pm-12.45pm, is B&Q brand realisation manager Jonathan Couper who will discuss the importance of colour management across a global retail supply chain.  The talk will also highlight the potential benefits in managing colour for both product and packaging, how B&Q approached delivering colour excellence across a global retail supply chain, the barriers it faced, the key lessons and the look of the final programme.

The final presentation of the day, from 1pm-1.45pm, comes fromAshwin Moorthy, head of engineering and innovation at Nampak Plastics. He will be joined by Marks & Spencer commercial and environmental packaging manager Andrew Speck and a representative from Dairy Crest. They will  explore milk packaging and the journey of Nampak’s Infini bottle.

Interphex Theatre

Interphex is dedicated to manufacturing products for the pharmaceutical industry.

On Tuesday 4 June from 1pm-1.45pm, Alan Spreckley of ABB Robotics and John Roberts of Astech Projects will be examining the topic of automating pharmaceutical applications from a robotic perspective. The  experts will be a looking at the positive contribution that robots can make in packaging and other handling applications in the pharmaceutical industry.

Christoph Krähenbühl of EFPIA’s Coding and Serialisation, will be speaking at the Interphex Theatre on the following day (5 June) from 11am-11.45am on preparing for the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). This seminar will detail the relevant FMD requirements and explain how these will impact  companies and what participation will mean for manufacturers in practical terms.

The Manufacturing Forum

The PPMA Show will be presenting leaders in the industry showcasing the very best in processing and packaging machinery. Speaking at the Manufacturing Forum on Tuesday 4 June  from  12pm-12.45pm, Russell Page of Picme (Process Industries Centre for Manufacturing Excellence) will be advising the exhibition’s visitors about how change over reduction can radically improve bottom lines. He will ask the question: ‘Why your supply chain must also change to take advantage of your changeover reduction activities?’

Later in the afternoon, from 1pm-1.45pm, sustainability expertSandy Smith of PE International will discuss how the sustainability agenda is maturing into  a core business activity.

Pressures for resource efficiency and future policy, regulatory and supply chain drivers are increasing with the focus now moving from the ‘nice phrases and statements’ to, what she calls, real sustainability performance measurements, such as environmental product declarations.

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PFM launches new bagging machine

Italian kit manufacturer PFM has announced that it will unveil its new multi-mode Vetta II bagging machine at this year’s Total exhibition.

PFM said that the machine meets market demands for versatility by providing over 20 different bag styles from a single machine, in addition to traditional pillow packs.

These include block bottom stand-up pouches, PFM’s Steelo four corner seal stand-up bags, Amcor’s Flexcan pouch design and also re-closable bags, using adhesive, zipper profile or a novel system of miniature hooks. MAP facilities can be fitted.

According to the firm, the machine also meets food industry hygiene requirements, with easy access for cleaning and stainless steel construction, while a compact design gives low drop height for fragile goods and allows installation under most existing weigher gantry systems.

In addition, PFM is demonstrating a new high speed version of its inverted random length MAP flow-wrapper, the Shamal.

Control software and the sealing system have been improved, lifting maximum speed by 50% to 120 packs a minute, while items up to 190mm high can be handled for the meat, cheese and produce industries, according to the firm.

Further exhibits include two of PFM’s latest entry-level machines: the Pearl servo-driven flow-wrapper and the ZC1 combined weigher-bagger.

The Total exhibition runs from 4-6 June at the Birmingham’s NEC.

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Kawasaki to demonstrate RD80N palletising robot at Total

Kawasaki Robotics will be demonstrating its compact RD80N palletising robot at this year’s Total Exhibition show.

Kawasaki said that kit will illustrate a strong case to automate any end of line process where there is limited space available.

In a statement it added: “At the core of the system is the Kawasaki RD80N robot mounted in an elevated position immediately over the input conveyor.

“Removing the need for a pallet stacker, the RD80N robot will illustrate its ability to handle and accurately position standard wooden pallets prior to palletising; similarly the robot is able to handle layer separators from a stack in the cell.”

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Fortress to bring inspection equipment to Total

Fortress Technology will be at the Total Packaging and Processing Exhibition highlighting its Vector, Vertex and Pipeline inspection equipment.

Vector is an integrated conveyor and metal detector system designed to meet the latest supermarket retailer standards by comprising an audible or visual alarm to indicate when there have been metal rejects in order to help identify potential issues early.

It incorporates a Gravity metal detector for accurate inspection of bulk dry, powder or granular products and feature a robust Stealth control panel specially developed for use in harsh production environments.

Other equipment on display will include an ultra slim Vertex for detecting freefalling product and Pipeline for inspecting liquids and pastes.

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Romaco to highlight Noack system for blister packs

Romaco’s latest blister pack system will be on show at this year’s Total Packaging and Processing Exhibition.

The company’s Noack 930 blister system will be on stand and is designed to give a “high level of automation, short cleaning times and quick format changes combine to make the packaging processes more efficient”.

The rotary sealing system incorporates an interchangeable QuickFeed feed unit. According to Romaco, the QuickClean unit means that product changes can take place in “next to no time” and means shorter downtime.

Romaco said: “When teamed up with the Promatic PC 4250, the Noack 930 blister system has a packaging capacity of up to 400 blisters and 250 folding cartons a minute. It handles all standard foil types with a maximum width of 165 mm.”

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Open Date to showcase upgraded flagship coder at Total

Open Date Equipment is to demonstrate its expertise across the range of thermal transfer, inkjet and hot foil coding at next month’s Total exhibition.

One of the highlights will be the latest version of the company’s flagship thermal transfer coder, the Thermocode iQ, which has been upgraded to include several new features.

Open Date general manager Gary Cowlard said: “We have undertaken a process of continuous improvement on our top of the range thermal transfer coder since it was successfully launched in 2011. We have listened to customer feedback and come up with various developments to make it even more ‘state-of-the-art, without extra cost.”

Also being exhibited are examples from the AutoPilot inkjet range from US specialists Squid Ink Manufacturing of Minnesota. AutoPilot is an entry-level machine, printing high-resolution characters on porous and non-porous materials. It uses Piezo impulse printhead technology producing text up to 18mm high, or logos at 180dpi. The system can print scannable bar codes as standard and offers multiple formats.

Additionally, the company’s Thermocode range of thermal transfer printers will be demonstrated. The Thermocode Series 2 online thermal printer comes in both intermittent and continuous versions and is compatible with most types of packaging and labelling machines.

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Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition: Beumer Group presents palletising and packaging technologies Bagging, stacking, packaging – efficiently and productively

At the Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition 2013, the international trade fair for processing and packaging technology (June 4 to 6, Birmingham), the Beumer Group will be presenting its innovative filling, packaging and palletising solutions.

One of these is the high-performance BEUMER paletpac layer palletiser, which is now equipped with a double-belt turning device.

The Beumer fillpac R bagging machine, which is designed for capacities of 300 to 6,000 bags per hour, can now process bags of all kinds and, with a special bag placer, even fill HDPE bags. The filling impeller has now been enlarged, permitting higher throughput and thus faster filling.

The Beumer Group’s product range also includes the paletpac high-performance layer palletizer for palletising bags filled with bulk materials. Paper, PE and PP bags can be flexibly, accurately and stably stacked on pallets of all common sizes using the Beumer paletpac. The user can quickly and easily set the required parameters. The Beumer paletpac is equipped with a bar, clamp or double-belt turning device depending on the product requirements. These bring the filled bags quickly and gently into the required position.

With the robotpac, Beumer offers a space-saving, fully automatic articulated robot which is able to perform complex palletising and depalletising tasks reliably and efficiently. Containers such as bags, cartons, boxes, canisters and trays can be stacked safely and economically. Beumer has developed appropriate, flexibly exchangeable gripper systems for every packaged product.

The Beumer stretch hood high-performance packaging machine packages these stacked bags quickly, reliably and permanently and is designed for a number of film thicknesses. This machine is also more flexible than comparable systems in the handling of different pallets and film formats. It is distinguished by high throughput and reliable film handling.

To ensure that all of the user’s systems have a high level of availability, the Beumer Group has a Customer Support team made up of highly capable experts located all over the world. They provide professional repair and maintenance, deliver spare parts and carry out customer training. The company will also provide detailed information on these services at the exhibition.

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Pilz experts to descend on Total 2013

A team of Machine Safety Experts will be on hand at the Pilz stand, G16, during the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition to discuss functional safety-related control solutions, standards and training courses for process and packaging applications found in the food, beverage, tobacco, pharmaceutical and other industrial sectors.

Pilz said that it offers harmonised and complete safety automation solutions for primary, secondary, end-of-line packaging machinery and other related processing machines, regardless of machine or installation size.  Pilz machine safety experts also offer consultancy from initial plant or machine risk assessment through to engineering, plus training or in-house support.

Stand hardware highlights will include the new PNOZmulti 2 configurable safety control system, the IP67 rated Pilz Decentralised Periphery (PDP) safe distributed I/O solution for ‘cabinet-free connectivity’, the PSS4000 integrated standard and safety automation system and the latest developments in the Pilz range of safety interlocks, RFID-based sensors,  access control devices and light curtains.

Details of newly developed Training Courses will be available including ‘Safety of Packaging Machinery’, ‘SIL/HAZops’, ‘ATEX’ and the TÜV Nord approved CMSE – Certified Machinery Safety Expert course.

Software being demonstrated will include the PNOZmulti Configurator, PAS 4000 Automation Suite, and PAScal Safety Calculator.

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Olmec showcases Quality Station inspection system at Total 2013

Vision inspection systems firm Olmec will be showcasing its Quality Station (QS) in-line vision inspection system for the first time at Total.

Typical applications for the QS include checking for product assembly completeness, colour or defect analysis, and label inspection. With a footprint of 1.2m x 0.7m and an integral transport and reject mechanism, the QS can also be used on a manufacturing line in conjunction with other inspection tools such as checkweighers.

The QS is characterised by its versatility, with a range of cameras, lighting and reject mechanisms available, according to the firm.

The company says its experts discuss the application in detail with the end-user before selecting the most appropriate components and setting up all the inspection tools needed.

Olmec offers risk mitigation by conducting an off-line testing and acceptance programme prior to installation.

Olmec will be at stand H67 at the Total show in Birmingham’s NEC.

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Endoline to display fully automatic case erector at Total

Endoline has said that its 248 fully automatic case erector will be headlining at its stand at the Total show. 

Designed specifically to handle SRPs, the 248 is a high speed, servo driven machine incorporating a gluing system to seal the bottom of each case as it is formed.

The use of glue is essential with SRPs as tape interferes with the functionality of the cases at the retailer, but it also supports the higher running speeds made possible by the use of servos while significantly reducing the cost of consumables by eliminating the need for tape.

The 248 incorporates Endoline’s signature dual opposing vacuum case opener and a top hopper which results in an extremely compact footprint enabling the 248 to be installed as an upgrade in space constrained packing halls as well as in state of the art new production sites.

Other items from the Endoline range will be on show, at Birmingham’s NEC, including a case packing module and a fully automatic random case sealer.

“A well know multinational food producer recently informed Endoline that it will be looking for an incremental increase in productivity in the order of 25% for its next generation production facilities,” remarks Simon Taylor, Endoline’s Sales & Marketing Director.

“The innovative use of technology and close cooperation with customers, suppliers and board manufacturers has helped us to dramatically raise the bar in terms of achievable production speeds for packaging machines. Endoline is well placed to meet this challenge with its new generation machinery – we are very excited to be demonstrating these machines at Total this year,” Simon adds.

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Sick UK to launch new equipment at Total 2013

Sick UK is to launch its new RapCo system at Total 2013 offering an automated solution to protect product quality and boost productivity.

The RapCo system is the latest innovation from Sick’s range of sensors and sensing systems for factory automation, safety, quality control and track and trace applications.

RapCo promises to speed up product changes by adjusting mechanical stops automatically through an integrated package of sensors, drives, a controller, display and cabling.  All RapCo’s settings can be configured via a display without any plc programming knowledge.  The result is a system with batch-specific settings that achieves speed and repeatability while reducing rejects.

Sick will also demonstrate its new deTec4 next-generation safety light curtain.  With its space saving, IP67 design, the deTec4 has no blind zones, offering optimum positioning and protection against unsafe access.

The Sick deTec4 Core offers protective field heights in increments from 300mm to 2100mm and a choice of finger (14mm) or hand (30mm) resolution providing protection against operator intervention in accordance with EN ISO 13855 up to 10 Metres.

Sick UK’s RapCo and deTec4 will be displayed on stand D12, at the Total exhibition from the 4– 6 June 2013, at the NEC Birmingham.

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Kensal promises state-of-the-art Total 2013 display

Conveying and palletising manufacturer Kensal Handling Systems will be exhibiting a selection of its new products at this year’s Total exhibition.

The firm promises that the products will be state-of-the-art. On Stand Number FG38, Kensal’s display will be seen against the backdrop of a vibrant new stand design and the staff will be on hand to greet visitors and answer any queries.

Kensal Handling Systems has been supplying the UK food and beverage industries with stainless steel conveying systems, packaging solutions and palletising equipment for over 45 years. Throughout this time, they have gained a reputation for designing, manufacturing and project-managing state-of-the-art integrated installations for a host of blue chip clients across the UK.

A full working stainless steel conveyor will be on display at the show, so that visitors are able to appreciate firsthand the engineering and design of the products.

Kensal is being joined by new Systems Partners, KUKA Robotics UK, who will be exhibiting the KR16 robot. The KR16 will be assigned a special task on the stand to demonstrate its flexibility! KUKA robots are renowned for their speed and compact size as well as their easy-clean design, which is as practical as it is stylish.

Copies of Kensal’s brand new literature will also be available to read or take away. Launched in early 2013, this provides information on Kensal’s entire range of products and solutions including stainless steel conveyors, palletising systems, KUKA robotic handling systems and a whole host of ‘one stop shop’ integrated solutions.

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Logopak plans bar code verifier launch at Total 2013

Print and apply equipment specialist Logopak is to launch a new system to verify barcodes through the labelling process at this year’s Total Processing & Packaging show.

The new system will work to ISO standards and is intended to meet bar code verification procedures that are demanded by retailers to ensure label legibility through the supply chain.

Logopak said the system allows all pallet and case labels to be verified instead of the practice of samples being taken from a run.

It will check that the labels are graded to ISO or ANSI standards laid down by GS1, the international bar code standards organisation.

Logopak sales director Howard Jagger said: ”Up to now, verifying instruments have required calibration and controlled lighting conditions such as a QA lab could provide, so manual sampling methods were employed on an off-line basis.

“Even so there was no guarantee that every label would meet the retailers’ standards and rogue labels could pass through undetected, possibly triggering a penalty of £500 or more.”

Instead, Logopak’s system uses technology licensed from verification specialist Axicon and an innovative mechanical design that integrates verification with the print and apply machine, so allowing all labels to be checked continuously as they are applied.

It provides full evaluation of the bar code characteristics as laid down by GSl, as well as diagnostic data for remedial action should a bar code fail to meet the standard set.

“This ensures that bar codes can be read by different scanners in different circumstances along the supply chain, such as light levels, distance and conveyor speeds,” said Jagger.

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Loma and Lock combine for Total exhibition

Detection kit suppliers Loma Systems and Lock Inspection will debut their new collaboration at June’s Total show.

Specialising in metal detection, checkweighing and x-ray inspection systems for the food and pharmaceutical industries, the firms’ joint stand will display eight working systems, including the launch of Loma’s new X4 x-ray and UK show debut of Lock’s latest PH Pharmaceutical detection system.

“Loma, an innovative leader in the food industry, and Lock, a powerhouse in the pharmaceutical sector, will together embrace the future of inspection through innovation and world-class service to deliver unmatched technology and experiences for food and pharmaceutical manufacturers worldwide,” said Loma’s UK sales manager Tony Bryant.

The X4 X-ray system is designed to match any line speed. It automatically detects contaminants including metals (including metalised packaging), bone, glass, PVC, stone, rubber and flavour/sugar clumps.

Also on stand is Lock’s PH Pharmaceutical system, which can inspect up to 30,000 tablets per minute.

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Kliklok announces Total 2013 demos

Kliklok International has issued details of its packaging kit line-up for the Total Processing & Packaging Show.

The company will be demonstrating a Bag-In-Box application, stacking filled bags on Kliklok’s Cascade Loader System and cartons using Kliklok’s SFR End Load Cartoner.

Accorging to the company, the Cascade Loader System (CLS120) is a compact, stand-alone product handling unit, designed to complement Kliklok’s range of end load and top load cartoning equipment. The CLS uses fully adjustable three-stage vertical rotor timing to provide collation, stacking and transfer of bags, flow-wraps, vacuum packs and sachets.  The CLS120 offers stainless steel construction, compact design and colour screen.

Integrated with the CLS120 will be Kliklok’s end load cartoner – the SFR.  This medium speed machine was designed with a robust, fully welded stainless steel frame, easy size change facility, colour touch screen, and rotary carton feeder, offering speeds up to 150 cartons per minute.

Also on the stand, Kliklok will be demonstrating their compact end load cartoner, the CCI. This intermittent motion machine, of predominantly stainless construction, includes within its small footprint both automatic product insertion and product infeed timingDescribed as a space-saving and affordable solution, it also has castors fitted to enable easy manoeuvre.

Available as a right angle or parallel infeed version, the CCI has a motor driven powered hopper and ‘slam shut’ flap folding & compression system as standard.  It has been one of the company’s most successful end load cartoners, with over 50 installations worldwide.

The 2013 Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition will be held on 4-6 June at the Birmingham N.E.C.  Kliklok’s showcase can be seen in Hall 5 Stand H10.

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Total show debut: ‘Detection heavyweights join forces’

Two of industry’s detection heavy weights, Loma Systems and Lock Inspection, will debut their new collaboration at the Total show, 4-6 June 2013, stand FG60.

These two inspection equipment giants have recently joined forces, creating the most diverse, technically advanced and service focused operation with global reach. Specialising in cutting edge metal detection, checkweighing and x-ray inspection systems for the food and pharma industries, their joint stand at Total will display eight working systems, including the launch of Loma’s new X4 x-ray and UK show debut of Lock’s latest PH Pharmaceutical detection system.

“Loma, an innovative leader in the food industry, and Lock, a powerhouse in the pharma sector, will together embrace the future of inspection through innovation and world-class service to deliver unmatched technology and experiences for food and pharmaceutical manufacturers worldwide,” commented Loma’s UK Sales Manager Tony Bryant.

New Loma X4 X-ray! Along with vertical fall, pipeline and throat detectors on the stand, the show will launch Loma’s new X4 X-ray system which has been designed to match any line speed. New to the system, which automatically detects contaminants including metals (inc. metalised packaging), bone, glass, PVC, stone, rubber and flavour/sugar clumps, advanced image processing software automatically calibrates for each product and sets the optimum power levels for quick set-up and changeover without operator aid. This ensures the best performance setting per product; ideal for manufacturers with large and varied product ranges. The Loma X4 X-ray system offers the very latest advances in X-ray technology, coupled with the highest levels of accuracy, reliability, safety and longevity.

Show debut for Lock’s PH Pharmaceutical! New to Lock’s INSIGHT range and it’s first show debut, the PH Pharmaceutical system can inspect up to 30,000 tablets per minute at the highest documented levels of sensitivity in the industry. With live trials on the stand, the signature design promotes best-in-class stability even in the chaotic environment of an exhibition.

Live testing! Visitors to the show are invited to bring sample shelf ready product to the Loma/Lock stand where they can inspect their products, receive one-to-one advice and product training, plus see for themselves the unrivalled performance of Loma and Lock metal detection, checkweighing and x-ray systems in action.


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Pacepacker launches fast ROI pick and place solutions at Total! Stand J22

Multi award winning* packing equipment designer and manufacturer Pacepacker Services, will launch its Blu-Robot Pick & Place range of second user automation solutions at Total** stand J22. The reconditioned solutions, which are ideal for seasonal packers or low volume product producers, are typically halve the cost of a new system and can be used to handle primary and secondary packaging including punnets, netted produce, cartons, retailer trays and sacks.

The new range, an extension of Pacepacker’s Blu-Robot Palletisers, incorporate a second user high quality FANUC robotic arm, typically originating from the automotive industry, which is approximately 35% of the way through its expected 100,000 operational hour lifespan, helping producers automate arduous processes cost effectively and with a fast ROI. Pacepacker reprogram’s, services, paints and fits the appropriate end effector to the system ready for its new occupation before installing the system with a service contract, spares and a one year warranty. “I’d defy anyone to identify that we’ve installed a pre-owned robot; it came delivered as new,” said Blu-Robot customer and potato packer Preva Produce Managing Director Ian Anderson.

The range, which are ideally suited to food producers handling fresh produce, snacks, ready meals and meat trays for example, was recently unveiled by their local Braintree MP, Brooks Newmark who cited, “Pacepacker is a great example of British innovation and technological excellence.”

Also on show will be Pacepacker’s flagship bulk bagging system the TBC Total Bag Control, and as a FANUC Strategic Partner, the latest FANUC palletising robots will be on display.

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Stand number: D60

Added value automation

At the last TOTAL exhibition, R. A. Rodriguez introduced the processing and packaging sector to the Universal Robot, a lightweight and highly economical robotic arm that provides easy automation.  At TOTAL 2013 the company will again be featuring this increasingly popular product but also demonstrating how complementary technology can now add intelligence and even greater scope of application.

The Universal Robot is an ideal entry level automation device that provides six axes of movement and is quick to install.  It can be easily moved around the factory and the user interface is exceptionally simple to learn.  Even in the hands of an operator with little or no programming experience the robot can be up and running in less than an hour.

As Universal Robots are in compliance with the ISO standard for collaborative robots, they can be operated without safety guarding, providing the application meets certain criteria. Two models complete the range, respectively able to handle payloads up to five and ten kilos.  Both will feature on the R. A. Rodriguez stand, one demonstrating added value automation and the other providing the opportunity for visitors to try the robot out themselves.

R. A. Rodriguez will also be demonstrating its expertise in the field of palletising.  Its IEF Werner systems are designed to provide the efficient transfer of work pieces to and from assembly lines, often integrating end-of-line processes such as part marking and testing.

Four basic, fully programmable models complete the range, all of which can be tailored to suit the precise needs of the application.  All are fundamentally designed to fill or unfill a tray with small components which is then indexed down the stack to allow a new tray to be presented.  Pallet weights range from 5kg to 30kg.

Usually most applications require bespoke tray designs and gripper technology but IEF Werner palletisers are also available with a wide range of standard accessories to optimise the handling process.

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