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Packaging Digest Directory, 2015/2016

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44 NEW TECHNOLOGY // summer 2015 www.PackagingDigest.com An actual system is shown here flling household cleaning bottles. The robotic module can accommodate a variety of different flling confgurations for optimum fexibility. 4 benefits of robotic filling take operations to next level A new concept in how fillers Are built may upend how bottle liquid flling systems contribute to elite packaging operations. Filling machines—the core of most packaging lines—usually set the pace and character of a packaging operation. Modular designs in recent years have added some flexibility, and boosted delivery lead times. But a new concept in how fillers are built may upend how bottle liquid filling systems contribute to elite packaging operations. Te Robofller from Fillomatic Global (FG) Industries (www.fg-industries.com) uses a robotic arm for on-the-fy intermittent-motion liquid flling that reaches speeds up to 200 containers per minute with 10 flling heads. Watch videos of this system in action at pdlinks. com/RobofllerVideos. Te benefts of this particular flling system design are courtesy of John R. Henry, Certifed Packaging Professional (CPP), owner of consultancy Changeover.com, author of multiple packaging-related books including "Packaging Machinery Handbook" and KC Boxbottom blogger for Packaging Digest: 1 Flexibility: "Change the head and you have a whole new fller," Henry says. Te company touts the system's speedy changeover, describing it as "instant," and referring to either product or package format changeovers. 2 Cost: "Rather than a custom-built fller," Henry says, "you have a standard robot that costs around $50,000." FG Industries ofers a variety of mix-and-match modules: bottle handling, bottle positioning, conveyor systems, flling nozzles, flling engines, flling parts materials, product delivery systems and ejectors. 3 Delivery time: "Robots are essentially of the shelf," Henry adds. Te modular design of the entire system also contributes to fast machinery delivery, helping you get your project up and running on time. 4 Size: "Te system is fairly compact," Henry notices. One such flling system, the X8 S8 series, measures approximately 9.5 feet wide x 6.875 feet deep and 6.875 high. FG Industries also makes plug-and-play robotic induction cap sealers and cappers to create a complete packaging system for a variety of liquids, including foods (sauces), beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, household and industrial chemicals, and more. Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor

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