Deckert Delivers Compact Tablet Counter with Glove Ports

Rudolf Deckert has just delivered their popular TVM mono-block tablet counting line fitted with Glove Ports. The customers cancer drug is both dusty and toxic to the operator. Therefore the Tablet Counter and all sorting bowls were covered with polycarbonate hoods. Inside the machine guarding extraction caused an under pressure minimising the escape of toxic dust. Any operator interventions could take place through the glove ports. A rapid transfer port (RTP) was fitted to the tablet infeed to allow containing product loading

Rudolf Deckert has just delivered their popular TVM mono-block tablet counting line fitted with Glove Ports.

TVM Tablet counter with glove ports

The customers cancer drug is both dusty and toxic to the operator. Therefore the Tablet Counter and all sorting bowls were covered with polycarbonate hoods. Inside the machine guarding extraction caused an under pressure minimising the escape of toxic dust. Any operator interventions could take place through the glove ports. A rapid transfer port (RTP) was fitted to the tablet infeed to allow containing product loading.

The TVM tablet counter had most of the functions that this series of machines are known for: Air Cleaning with deionised Air, Counting, Broken Tablet inspection, Capping, Induction Sealing and Re-torqueing. A sensor verified the presence of aluminium in the foil.

As a special feature vinyl sponges or oxygen scavengers in barrel form can be inserted after gross weighing. The sorting device, feeding track and transfer station can be purged with nitrogen gas to extend scavengers duration time inside the machine.

The Cremer counter has 6 vibratory feeding lanes controlled by 2 servo drives. The increased movement control that the servo drive offers has allowed us to achieve in 6 lanes what had required 12 lanes on standard vibratory tracks. The servo drives can be fine tuned for each product and those settings saved in the recipe. The tablet counter is also fitted with automatic feeding plate removal. At the touch of a button the vibratory plates lift to allow the operator to easily remove the product contact parts for cleaning. The vibratory plates are either V shaped or dedicated format specific flat plates. Aspirated hoppers under the feeding plates keep dust away from the feeding tracks.

A camera system looks for broken pieces or miscoloured tablets.

Faster Changeover – Choosing the Right Recipe

Our tablet counting lines share one important characteristic: The recipe controls nearly everything. Timings on cap application, vibration settings of the tablet feeding tracks as well as the measuring window of integrated weigh cells are all stored in the recipe. The fact that most drives are servo drives allows for more control of critical machine functions form the PLC. Unlike pneumatic and mechanical CAM based technologies many settings can be adjusted and saved into the HMI. It is not necessary to adjust cogs and regulators underneath the machine table between format changeovers. This means that changeover is faster and more consistent. The TVM  mono-block counting line has the advantage that a single star-wheel presides over all operations. This means that changeover parts and therefore changeover time are greatly reduced. The TVM can also be fitted with a integrated labeller and with weigh cells under the star-wheel.

The video below shows the TVM with Air Rinse, Integrated Gros-Tare weigh, Cap, Re-torque and label application – all in a small foot-print.

Read more about this machine on our webpage: http://www.raupack.co.uk/machinery/monoblock-capsule-and-tablet-counter.aspx

 

Barry M satisfied with vertical cartoning machine

One of the leading brands in the cosmetics industry, Barry M have recently purchased a fully automatic vertical cartoning machine to pack nail varnish bottles into cartons. The machine was delivered to their main manufacturing site in London and they couldn’t be more satisfied with the system since.

One of the leading brands in the cosmetics industry, Barry M have recently purchased a fully automatic vertical cartoning machine to pack nail varnish bottles into cartons. The machine was delivered to their main manufacturing site in London and they couldn’t be more satisfied with the system since.

The initial discussions started by identifying the challenges Barry M faced with their production and the opportunities to improve their operation. The main objective was to come up with cost effective solutions that had the best return on investment.

The outcome was to use a fully automatic cartoning system which included bottle orientation before pick and place loading into cartons vertically [picture below] and the use of a print system to print barcodes.

Vertical cartoning machine with automatic product insertionOne of the problems Barry M faced was the lack of speed of the manual packing operation. On occasion the manual operation damaged the separators in the carton during packing. These issues were solved on the machine by using mouthpieces to guide 3 bottles into the carton at the same time, significantly increasing output. The project also delivered a mechanical verification station to confirm that all the bottles were fully loaded into the cartons. This ensured there was no potential damage to the carton during closing.

After the vertical cartoning machine was delivered the customer added a turntable to the line to eliminate the manual labour that was required to load the bottles. The turntable feeds a conveyor belt with side-belts which singulates and aligns the bottles ready for loading into the carton.

Vertical cartoning machine for nail varnishes

Space saving design

The biggest challenge Barry M faced was the available space they had for a potential equipment. They required a vertical cartoning machine with a footprint of less than 4m2. The room also contained concrete columns which had to be taken into consideration. The compact machine and clever design made it possible to install a machine that met all of the customer’s requirements.

The speed of the machine was sold to pack at least 30 cartons per minute packing 90 nail varnish bottles in threes every minute. However, the machine can run comfortably at more than 35 cartons per minute speed exceeding the customers 100 bottle per minute milestone.