Flowpack Machine Wraps Chocolate and Confectionery Products
Hugo Beck (hugobeck.com), manufacturer of horizontal flowpack, film packaging and post-print processing machines, has developed a flowpack machine to meet the display requirements of the chocolate and confectionery sector.
The flowpack X-D can be personalized to each customer’s specific needs to deliver perfect results and recently has been designed to produce special display packs that help confectionery packs catch the consumer’s eye. The machine can operate with a wide variety of films, and it creates a header for the application of a label to deliver maximum on-shelf standout.
The box motion transversal sealing unit on the flowpack X-D enables a continuous seal for high output whilst simultaneously manufacturing the header, using two transverse sealing profiles to give the finished product its unmistakable appearance. Packs can then be collated using accumulation synchronization or kept contact-free via cascade belts. At the same time, a color-printed card with product information and a best-before date can be applied to one side of the pack.
Other features of the flowpack machine include a film changing machine, control system for aligning the printed film, a choice of belt types for the intake area, and parts specially designed to allow contact with the product. It can operate at speeds of up to 200 cycles per minute.
The X-D features a servo axis controller MotionControl and the latest generation of Siemens Sinamics to ensure high quality packaging and maximum machine uptime, even in a three-shift operation. Intuitive touch screen operation with data storage also ensure ease of use.
“Flowpack machines are ideal for packaging in the confectionery sector where air-tightness and stability of the final product are essential,” said Timo Kollmann, Hugo Beck’s Sales Director.
The Hugo Beck range of flowpack machines offers a choice of models to meet a wide variety of confectionery pack requirements using different types of films, including hot- and cold-sealable, metallized, paper-coated and composite films. The company also has particular experience in the use of extremely fine and transparent polyolefin film, used in shrink wrap applications.
Thanks to the machines’ intelligent servo drive technology and the modularity of all construction components, as well as the ability to link securely with upstream and downstream production units, a wide range of packaging types can be produced. In particular, the use of special transversal and longitudinal sealing elements allows the creation of special formats such as eight-cornered packs with a tear-open strip, and diamond-shaped designs with an overlapping welding seam or ground ionization, all of which can be shrunk tightly without creases.