Eco friendly box closing machines

Opitz range of box erecting and case closing machines apply recyclable gummed paper tape instead of self adhesive tape. Their volume reducing box closers offer dispatch operations a faster and more sustainable return on investment . They eliminate plastic from the package.

Going Green – Sustainable solutions that make the case without plastic

Opitz Specialise in eco friendly box closing machines and case erectors that apply gummed paper tape as an alternative to Self adhesive plastic tape.

Eco Friendly Box Closing machines use gummed tape

Gummed paper tape consists of a kraft paper coated with an natural glue layer which, once wet, adheres to the cardboard box. It’s works like licking the envelope.

Gummed tape has several advantages over self adhesive tape, these include environmental, consumer and transportation benefits:

  • Fully Recyclable
    Reducing plastic waste has been a hot topic recently. The problem with plastic tape is that it contaminates the waste stream. In contrast gummed tape consists of recyclable materials: the carrier material is made of wood and the glue is based on renewable resources like potatoes and maize. This means that the whole box will break down when composted or can be recycled.Logo-Recycle
  • Tamper-evident closure
    Because gummed tape is the same type of material as the corrugated case it is sticking too the tape cannot be removed without tearing the box or cutting the tape. This makes it an ideal tamper evident solution. The result is a closure that is accepted for known consignor shipments as well as air freight.
  • Dust protection
    Gummed tape makes a homogenous bond with the cardboard resulting in a better seal. Because the tape is wet, gummed tape bonds well to the often dusty surface of the cases. Dust is sometimes a problem for self adhesive tape which looses its adhesive properties when coated in dust. The superior seal has benefits in the packaging of pharmaceuticals. This protects the contents against dust. Opitz also offers cross seals to fully seal the case.
Case sealing options
Case sealing options
  • Improved Stability & durability
    Gummed tape closures are more stable than self-adhesive tape closures. This is particularly important when packages are heavy. In drop tests gummed paper tape closures handle better in falls. Gummer tape is more durable when temperature and humidity varies, crucial for air freight. Gummed tape can be strengthen with fibres to make it even stronger.
  • Knife Free opening option
    The addition of a tear strip makes it possible to open the case without the need for a knife.Knife free case opening system

Gummed Tape Volume Reducing Case Closers – Removing the Fillings

The Opitz Volume reducers removes the need to fill cases with air cushions or loose fill removing another source of plastic waste from the package and ultimately the environment.

The prize winning  Vario 558 measures the height of the contents of the box and cuts the flaps down effectively reducing the height of the box. Reducing the height reduces the need to back fill with air pillows or other loose fill materials. Because the Vario 558 can handle cases of different footprints and heights one machine can cover a range of product sizes simultaneously. This makes it the ideal machine for varied and smaller volumes of cases.

Fast Return of Investment

As well as doing their bit to save the planet, customers in the electronics and clothing industries run the GO588  volume reducing box closer because of the fast return on investment. The box closer saves costs in many areas:

  • Save Shipping costs due to smaller package size
  • Reduce back fill material
  • Save storage costs due to reduced number of case sizes required
  • Save of labour costs labour due to automation.

To read more details on the Vario 558 Volume reducing case closer click here.

PPMA Show 2018 Food & Cosmetics Machinery Developments

RAUPACK will be exhibiting at the PPMA Show at the NEC, Birmingham. We have made several improvements in our machinery as well as welcomed new suppliers in our portfolio.

One of the main developments is regarding stick pack and sachet machines. We offer bespoke single dose packaging solutions for products ranging from granules and liquids to powder. Our most recent development – the double dosing stick pack machine – allows us to fill separate products into the pack at the same time. We excel in special pack finishes, shapes, materials and designs. Our machines can comply with extreme hygiene standards and high safety requirements.

We also supply horizontal or vertical cartoning machines in semi-automatic and fully-automatic versions with speeds of up to 60 cartons/min. We believe in quality over quantity, meaning our machines are made to the highest of German standards and are made of stainless steel instead of aluminium. Very quick 15-30 minutes changeovers, compact footprint and our German engineering team’s precision result in reliable and robust machines that you can count on.

Come and visit stand A13 to talk to us about any new projects you have.

PPMA Show 2018 Pharmaceutical Machinery Developments

RAUPACK will be exhibiting at the PPMA Show at the NEC, Birmingham. We have made several improvements in our machinery as well as welcomed new suppliers in our portfolio.

One of the main developments is regarding tablet counting and filling lines. The Cremer tablet counter is now available with automatic broken tablet inspection and removal. On top of this, our Monobloc liquid filling and tablet counting lines offer fast HMI controlled changeovers requiring minimal change parts, making our machines more cost effective than ever before.

If you have a stick pack or sachet project, we have the machine for you. We offer bespoke single dose packaging solutions for products ranging from granules and liquids to powder. On top of this, our recent development – the double dosing stick pack machine – allows us to fill separate products into the pack at the same time. We excel in special pack finishes, shapes, materials and designs. Our machines can comply with extreme hygiene standards and high safety requirements.

We also supply horizontal or vertical cartoning machines in semi-automatic and fully-automatic versions with speeds of up to 60 cartons/min. We believe in quality over quantity, meaning our machines are made to the highest of German standards and are made of stainless steel instead of aluminium. Very quick 15-30 minutes changeovers, compact footprint and our German engineering team’s precision result in reliable and robust machines that you can count on.

Today Track and Trace is inevitable. We offer serialisation hardware and software packages as turnkey solutions that have compact footprints in the packaging line and can cover various levels of data integration. Serial number generation and communication with authorities are also available as options.

Come and visit stand A13 to talk to us about any new projects you have.

Opitz installs Case Erector at Internet Business fulfillment Centre

Opitz has installed another Case erector at a Fulfilment centre in the midlands. This is the second case erecting machine to be installed at this customers site. The fulfilment centre is for internet orders that are picked direct to the end customer.

Opitz has installed another Case erector at a Fulfillment centre in the midlands. This is the second case erecting machine to be installed at this customers site. The fulfilment centre is for internet orders that are picked direct to the end customer.

Wide Format Range

The GO 795 is set up to run 13 formats from small cases 350 250 mm footprint up to large 800 mm long cases. The GO 795 case erector can be changed over in minutes.

Case Erector
Case Erector

Options for Bigger Cases

The GO795 can be customised to make larger boxes, for example for flat furniture packs. The GO 795 is also available with two magazine allowing the operator to set up the machine with a second format and produce two cases at the same time.

Achema 2018

[ June 11, 2018 9:00 am to June 15, 2018 4:00 pm. ] Achema 11-16 June 2018, Messe Frankfurt, Tablet Counters, Blister Machines, Pinhole Detectors, Camera System and Serialisation Equipment

June 11, 2018 9:00 amtoJune 15, 2018 4:00 pm

Many of our suppliers will be at Achema, Messe Frankfurt from 11th – 15th June 2018. Come and see what they will be exhibiting:

Rudolf Deckert,  Hall 3.1,  Stand G51

  • TVM 738 – Monoblock Tablet Counter with Automatic Broken tablet Reject and Gros Tare Checkweigher. Read more here

Cremer, Hall3.0 Stand F25

  • CFS-622*4 with camera
  • CFI-622*6 in motion machine.

Hicof Hall 1 Stand C64

  • Tamper Evident Track and trace Labeller

HPF Hall 3 Stand C23 

  • Pinhole Detector
  • Code Reader
  • Blister tablet inspection

Rohrer/Pharmapan Hall 3.1 Stand G50

To solve issues with stability, Pharmapan has developed a very simple and precise all-in-one reconstitution device: The Dual Chamber Blister

It allows for safely separated storage of different pharmaceutical ingredients, that are reconstituted and mixed just before use. It can also have different integrated applicators.

Rychiger Hall 3.1 Stand B25

Everything around sealing of containers.

Heino Ilsemann Hall 3.0 Stand H97

  • Presenting the Blica 600 full blister line for up to 600 blisters per minute.

Opitz to exhibit Volume reducing Case Taper @ CEMAT 2018

April 23, 2018 9:00 amtoApril 27, 2018 6:00 pm

 

GO558 Volume reducing Case Taping Machine
GO558 Volume reducing Case Taping Machine

Are you planning to visit the CEMAT Show from 23 – 27 April in Hannover?

 

We have recently extended our portfolio and now represent Opitz. You can find Opitz in Hall 24, on stand D18.  They will be exhibiting the GO588 Volume Reducing case taper for which they have won a number of innovation prizes. The GO558 is able to tape randomly arriving cases of different heights and footprints cutting the case height down to fit the contents. For more information check our website.

Come and visit our stand to talk about any new packaging machinery projects you have.

Click here to register.

Bautz Supplies Aerosol Can Buttoning Machine AeroSAM for Lubricant Spray Heads with Spray Tubes

The customer was a manufacturer of Industrial Aerosols who has Bautz Leak testing machines on site. They were looking for a purpose built machine that would increase the output of their line from 20 to 40 actuators per min. The new system was to be fed manually. This would keep the equipment cost low and eliminate the need for change parts to run other actuator sizes. The operator’s involvement would maximise flexibility to handle other sizes and shapes in the future.

In the Aerosol Industry Bautz are known for their leak detectors and Valve function testing machines. Bautz has just delivered its first Actuator placement or buttoning machine to place actuators with folding spray tubes.

Buttoning machine with Manual Feeding to Maximise Return on Investment

The customer was a manufacturer of Industrial Aerosols who has Bautz Leak testing machines on site. They were looking for a purpose built machine that would increase the output of their line from 20 to 40 actuators per min. The new system was to be fed manually. This would keep the equipment cost low and eliminate the need for change parts to run other actuator sizes. The operator’s involvement would maximise flexibility to handle other sizes and shapes in the future.

Made to Measure

Actuator For Aerosol Cans with Folding spray tubes Aerosol can with Actuator with folding spray tube
The actuator is used for lubricant sprays and the spray tube allows the end user to target the specific area to lubricate. However the bulky size and dimensions did not fall within the scope of standard solutions in the industry. As such the machine was built to suit the actuator. The overall dimensions of the machine are small only 600 x 840 mm.

The AeroSAM buttoner is available with the following options:

  • ATEX execution
  • Actuator placement verification
  • Automatic Feeding of Buttons

Double Dosing Stick Pack and Sachet Machines

Aranow is a world leading supplier of multilane stick pack and sachet machines. They established themselves as manufacturers producing high performing (OEE>95%) and versatile machines for a variety of industries such as Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, Cosmetics and Food & Beverage. Their innovative approach and research department ensure they stay up-to-date with cutting-edge technologies and create ideas that can help customers come up with inventive products.

One of the examples of such products is a double dosing stick pack which means separate products can be filled into it at the same time. In the Pharmaceutical industry the main advantage of combining two different filling systems is that you can pack both the excipient and the active ingredient simultaneously without having to perform a blend upstream and therefore avoiding possible demixing during the filling process. Different types of feeding systems (volumetric and Auger filler) can be combined according to the behaviour of each product and the requested accuracy.

an300 Lab scale stick pack machine with Double Dosing capabilities
an300 Lab scale stick pack machine with Double Dosing capabilities

This technology can be applied to machines ranging from lab scale R&D machines – that are used for conducting stability tests and clinical trials – as well as high speed full production units. We are capable of handling different width sizes for the stick packs or sachets, but in particular if powders can be handled with micro auger filler then we can fill into packs as narrow as 25mm. This new approach to stick pack and sachet filling could lead to a new trend in pharmaceutical projects because it guarantees the correct mixture of products in each pack.

Manufacturers in the Food and Beverage industry could also reap the advantages of this technology. Coffee manufacturers in particular would benefit from being able to combine premium fine powder and granulated coffee in the same stick pack or sachet.

If you have an enquiry or further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch via webenquiries@raupack.co.uk or on 0115 875 9846.

Raupack takes on Agency for the Experts in Serialisation, Hicof

The new Amacoder Track and Trace Tamper evident labeller marries serialisation project hardware and software. The result is a turnkey solution that is compact on the ground in the packaging line but whose reach extends to cover all aspects of data integration to Serialisation Authorities, Partners and beyond.

Turnkey Hardware and Software Serialisation solution for Contract Manufacturers in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Hicof are experts in Serialisation. Their new Amacoder Track and Trace Tamper evident labeller marries serialisation project hardware and software. The result is a turnkey solution that is compact on the ground in the packaging line but whose reach extends to cover all aspects of data integration to Serialisation Authorities, Partners and beyond.

The Hardware: Amacoder Track and Trace Machines

Amacoder serialisation track and trace tamper evident labeller availbale in UK and Ireland from Raupack
Amacoder serialisation track and trace tamper evident labeller

The compact Amacoder machine is only 1 metre long fitting into nearly every production line. At the infeed a pusher pushes oncoming carton into the machines main transport. Cartons are transported back to back without any space between cartons. This shortens the machine considerably. An inkjet printer prints all serial data onto the carton.  A label applicator  applies the Tamper labels. A Hicof camera system verifies the Print. Changeover is fast and simple, carried out in less than 10 minutes, formats are saved on the machines recipe system and guides are quickly adjusted.

The Software: Amacena – GxP Compliant Cloud based Serialisation Data Integration

Level 1 to 3 data integration are included in the machine purchase as standard. These process line control, serial numbers in the machine, rejects, batch records and sampling as well as communication with the Marketing Authorisation Holder (MAH) through private data hubs.  Level 4s serial number generation and communication with authorities (e.g. EMA, FDA) are available as options.

Serialisation machinery and software schematic
Serialisation machinery and software schematic

Swiss Quality, Delivered Fast and Competitively Priced

Hicof is based in Switzerland and have over 18 years of experience in serialisation. They offer both hardware and software support. The Amacoder machine is available on a fast delivery. A turnkey machine and date integration package is extremely competitively priced. As a result the overall investment to meet regulatory compliance is low both in terms of time and money.  To complement the Amacoder Track and Trace labeller they also offer the Amajoiner semi-automatic case labeller for serialisation and aggregation designed for contract manufacturers and small batches. Hicof also offer serialisation software only solutions.

AMAJOINER serialisation case labeller
AMAJOINER serialisation case labeller

Monoblock Liquid Filling Machine for Deodorant and Perfumes

Rudolf Deckert Ships Monoblock Liquid Filling and Closing Machine to manufacture perfumes and Deodorants

The FVR Monoblock liquid filling machine combines filling, screwing, capping and weighing into one machine capable of 100 containers per minute. The modular monoblock design packs these features into around 8m of length.

The customer, a cosmetics manufacturer with a focus on natural products, already had Deckert machines of previous generations to the FVR Monoblock liquid filling machine. Unlike its predecessors, the FVR combined multiple closing stations, check weighers and filling pumps into a single modular machine. This reduced the space and change parts required.

Cosmetics Monoblock Liquid Filling Machine FVR
Cosmetics Liquid Filling Closing Machine FVR

Designed to meet the customers specific requirements the machine was built with capping stations to handle roll on deodorants, over-caps as well as pump spray heads with dip tubes. Many products that run on the machine require a combination of closures to be applied on the machine, e.g roll on balls as well as screw caps or lotion spray closures as well as over-caps.

Filling at 100 per minute with in Place Cleaning and Sterilisation

Eight filling nozzles follow the bottles as they index through the machine. Cleaning and sterilisation can happen in place (CIP, SIP). Fill volumes are controlled from the HMI and can be saved in the recipe. The pumps draw the liquid from IBC containers located behind the machine. Changeover of the liquid is simple: choose the recipe from the menu and bring the right liquid to the machine. The machine will do the rest.

Filling Machine nozzles following bottles through machine on linear servo drive
Filling Machine nozzles following bottles through machine on linear servo drive

Quality Assured – Weighing and Closing

Mounted under the rake of the machine, before and after the filling station, are load cells that measure gross and tare weights for every fill on the machine. This 100% control is saved to the machines batch records and can be downloaded for quality control purposes.

The final screwing station is fitted with servo drives which accurately control the final application torque of the screw closure. Like the weight results, these values are stored and can be downloaded.

Cap presence and placement is monitored as well as bottle presence before filling.

Screwing of over-caps for roll on deodorant bottles
Screwing of over-caps for roll on deodorant bottles

Monoblock liquid filling machine makes Changeovers fast and repeatable

The use of pucks on the monoblock liquid filling machine and the FVRs automatic height adjustment makes changeover of containers simple: the pucks must be exchanged and the containers switched. Selecting the correct recipe from the HMI will cause all stations to adjust to the new container height.

Precise palcement of spray pumps with dip tubes
Precise placement of spray pumps with dip tubes
FVR-Capping-machine-overcap-placement
Overcap placement for perfume bottles

Tailored to the customers Demands

Deckert are known for their willingness to tailor there machines to their customers specific requirements. In this case, the machine needed to fill from 40 ml to 200 ml at 100 bottles per minute. The viscosity of the liquid varies from pefume to lotions (i.e water to cream). The customer specified the pump manufacturer.  The closures also vary widely ranging from deo balls to spray pumps with dip tubes and over-caps.

Placement of roll on deodorant closures
Placement of roll on deodorant closures

It is important to the customer that the hoppers for closures are accessible from the operator side. The bunkers are located on the operator side and elevators transfer the closures to the bowls that are located on the back side of the machine.

The FVR  is part of Rudolf Deckerts range of modular, monoblock filling machines for tablets, powers and liquids. Hallmarks of the AVR Capping machine series of machines are:

  • Compact Footprint
  • Fast and repeatable changeovers
  • Minimal change parts
  • Servo controlled cam movements for filling and closing that can be edited from the HMI and saved in the recipe.
  • High level monitoring and reporting.