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At Fachpack 2019 Multivac will be showing a number of forward-looking innovations from its various business units. The exhibits include the new X-line machine generation, which will be presented at the trade fair in the form of the RX 4.0 thermoforming packaging machine and the TX 710 traysealer. Another focus of the trade fair will be concepts for sustainable packaging. These meet the current demands for recyclability and for minimisation of plastic consumption in the production of packs. The company’s presence at the trade fair is rounded off with a presentation of its labelling and marking innovations, including a new generation of cross web labellers and new direct web printers, as well as a solution for efficient wrap-around labelling of packs (full-wrap labelling).

Multivac has expanded its X-line machine generation with the addition of a further future-proofed model, the new TX 710 traysealer. The features of this traysealer are a robust machine concept and an intelligent control system, which together provide the maximum flexibility, output and reliability. In Nuremberg the TX 710 will be the centrepiece of a fully automated packaging line, which also includes a L 310 conveyor belt labeller for the attractive wrap-around labelling of packs (full-wrap labelling).

A second packaging line will have at its heart the RX 4.0 thermoforming packaging machine, which features a range of innovative technology. Thanks to its comprehensive sensor system and seamless digitalisation, it creates a new dimension, when it comes to packaging reliability, quality and performance. At Fachpack the RX 4.0 will be equipped with a new generation of cross web labeller, which gives even greater labelling accuracy at an even higher level of output.

Another of the company’s themes at the trade fair is the presentation of sustainable packaging solutions. On display will be a wide range of concepts, which contribute to reducing packaging material consumption in the production of packs, as well as other concepts for producing packs, which meet current requirements for recyclability. One example of this is the Paper Board range, which is made up of a wide variety of paper fibre-based materials for producing MAP and vacuum skin packs on thermoforming packaging machines and traysealers. This innovative packaging concept will be shown at the trade fair on the compact R 105 MF thermoforming packaging machine, an economic entry-level model for producing vacuum skin packs in small and medium-sized batches. The packs can be designed in such a way, that the end user is able to separate the cardboard backing from the plastic barrier layer and then put it into the paper recycling.

The fully automatic T 300 L traysealer is also a space-saving, entry-level model. The machine can be designed as multi-track and combined with various discharge systems. Thanks to the simple die change, it can quickly be converted for different pack sizes and shapes. All conventional trays from a wide range of materials can be run, as can pre-cut cardboard sheets.

Multivac at the Fachpack 2019: Hall 1, Stand 221

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FachPack 2018
New Total Film Packaging Solutions

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The flowpack X-D zip produces both flowpacks and three-side seal bags with a ziplock seal. (Picture: Hugo Beck)
The flowpack X-D zip produces both flowpacks and three-side seal bags with a ziplock seal. (Picture: Hugo Beck)

Hugo Beck, manufacturer of horizontal flowpack, film packaging and post-print processing systems, showed its latest film packaging solutions at FachPack 2018.

The flowpack X-D zip is a brand-new machine concept for film packaging and enables the production of 100% airtight standard flowpacks and three-side seal bags with a ziplock seal.

The stand was also be shared with mopack who will exhibit their complete film portfolio of polyolefin, polyethylene and polypropylene packaging and shrink film – including the world’s thinnest polyolefin film at 7 microns. The Hugo Beck machines also demonstrated this film to show a total solution for packaging customers and how with the latest technology significant savings are achievable resulting in cost efficiencies and sustainability benefits through minimising material usage.

“Hugo Beck has been developing and manufacturing innovative film packaging machines for more than 60 years and our new 2-in-1 and industry 4.0 ready solutions open up a whole new dimension of flexibility and productivity for our customers.”

Timo Kollmann, Sales Director at Hugo Beck

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Positive business trend at Multivac

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Positive business trend at Multivac
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As part of a press breakfast at FachPack, Hans-Joachim Boekstegers, Director and CEO of Multivac, gave an overview of the current development of the business as well as the packaging trends at Multivac and the company’s product highlights on the exhibition stand.

“Contrary to the general market trend, our business continues to develop well,” explained Hans-Joachim Boekstegers. “Our production capacity is fully utilised and we are seeing very positive development in all the company’s business units. Following 2017, in which our turnover reached virtually the 1 billion euro mark, we are now expecting in the current business year an increase in turnover of up to ten percent. There are however many economic and political risk factors and challenges, which will have an impact on our business in the coming year – these include the isolationist policy of the US Government, the consequences of Brexit, increasing nationalism in countries such as Italy and Poland, protectionist tariffs and highly fluctuating raw material prices.”

Opening of the new production site in Bulgaria

In June the official opening of the first production facility in Eastern Europe was celebrated in Bulgaria – and this further expanded the company’s global production network. The Bulgarian site, which is located close to the capital Sofia, comprises a factory building for the production of parts for the Group, a state-of-the-art warehouse and logistics centre, a training facility and an administration building. In addition to the Bulgarian Sales and Service company, an international Shared Service Centre for IT, Strategic Purchasing, Design and Service is also housed in the new complex. “Working on a treble-shift basis, our highly qualified personnel are now producing machine parts and modules. There we are using state-of-the-art turning and milling machines, just as we also use at our headquarters in Germany. All our capacity is now fully utilised,” explained Hans-Joachim Boekstegers.

EU Plastics Strategy

Thanks to Multivac’s existing packaging technology, it is already possible today to have pack concepts, which provide reduced consumption of resources as well as dramatically increased recyclability. “Our machines are designed in such a way, that they can run a wide range of packaging materials with ease. We are also consistently striving to reduce the packaging material used in the production of packs, by utilising specific equipment options and optimised pack design. And last but not least, we are working with leading packaging material manufacturers to develop new packaging concepts, such as for example the use of recyclable materials like mono films or fibre-based packaging materials,” said Hans-Joachim Boekstegers.

MultiFresh PaperBoard vacuum skin packs

PaperBoard offers a wide range of solutions for producing packs based on paper fibre, which can fully meet the requirements of recyclability. Thje company works with leading manufacturers on suitable materials, which can be run on standard packaging machines. The thermoforming packaging machines and traysealers can be individually customised to the particular output requirements of customers. The carrier material can be run in the form of either rolls or pre-cuts, and pre-made trays can also of course be used. All the materials can be separated into their respective parts by the end user, and the paper carrier and plastic film can then be put separately for recycling.

Full-wrap labelling offers a wide range of design options

The trade fair highlights also include a labelling solution for the D labelling of packs, which is marketed under the name “Full-wrap labelling”. As with a banderole or sleeve, the label is completely wrapped around the pack, and this offers many possibilities for different types of pack design, as well as increasing the attractiveness of the packs at the point of sale. In conjunction with UPM Raflatac, the company has defined a standard range of label materials, which can be run on the L 310 conveyor belt labeller as printed full-wrap labels.

Added value through digitalisation

Multivac is demonstrating its expertise in digitalisation and Industry 4.0 at the trade fair with the new X-line generation of thermoforming packaging machines. Thanks to its comprehensive sensor system, the X-line is equipped for digitalised production and future technology, and it sets a new benchmark in the market.

Packaging concept for medical and pharmaceutical products

With Snapsil the company is showing an innovative packaging concept for medical and pharmaceutical products, which is ideally suited to packing products such as syringes, tablets, plasters, injectors, catheters etc. With their integrated “snap-opening” function, Snapsil packs offer an innovative opening aid, which enables the packs to be used more easily, even by elderly or disabled persons. When it comes to the hectic activity of everyday life in hospitals and care homes, it is simple and quick to open the packs and remove the product easily in a controlled way. Snapsil packs can be produced on Multivac thermoforming packaging machines and traysealers.

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Marking and coding food packaging and beverages

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Fachpack 2018: New CIJ printer for marking and coding
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At the Fachpack 2018 trade fair, Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG was presenting the Jet One – a new industrial inkjet printer for marking and coding food packaging, beverages and consumer goods.

“In 2018, Leibinger is consistently positioning itself for the broad market in the area of industrial marking and coding systems. We developed a new entry-level model with this in mind. The Jet One is equipped with the same reliable technology as all our printer lines and is 100% made in Germany. We did not compromise at all on quality and reliability.”

Christina Leibinger, Managing Proprietor of Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co KG

268 m/min. top speed / 120 million characters with a liter of ink

The Jet One is suitable for marking and coding food packaging, beverages and consumer products, with fixed and variable data such as best-before date, LOT and batch number and graphics. The marking takes place without contact with flying drops of ink, making it suitable for convex and concave, rough and smooth, flat and relief-molded product surfaces.

You can print country and industry-specific fonts with a character height of 1.5 to 8 mm in up to two lines. Since the ink dries in less than a second – on plastic, glass, wood, metal, ceramics, technical composites, cardboard and paper alike – the CIJ printer can handle production speeds of up to 268 m/min. Ink consumption is minimal: the Jet One prints up to 120 million characters with only one liter of ink.

Production reliability and reduced maintenance requirements

The packaging industry is facing increasing cost pressure, strives for production optimisation, and is intent on avoiding downtime. The problem most users face with many CIJ printers is that the ink dries during production breaks. This causes time-consuming cleaning that delays production restarts. In the worst-case scenario, the printing is diffuse with illegible type and expensive reworking required during production.

The solution in the case of the Jet One printer is its unique Sealtronic feature, a nozzle sealing system that keeps the ink fresh during production breaks. If the user switches off the printer, the gutter moves to the nozzle with a spindle drive. Only then does the inkjet turn off. The ink circuit is therefore hermetically sealed. “Many users of CIJ printers are forced to clean their systems for up to several hours a day,” says Leibinger. “This is completely eliminated thanks to Sealtronic.”

Easy integration and intuitive

The Jet One features the key interfaces for integration into the company infrastructure: via a product sensor input (PNP/NPN 24 V), an incremental encoder input (TTL 5 V, HTL 24 V, RS 422 5 V), a digital input, three digital outputs and a USB port. The print head can be flexibly positioned thanks to a three-metre-long umbilical cable – even for overhead applications.

The company has also designed the user interface so that intuitive operation is possible without a long training period. Operation is via a 5.7-inch TFT touch screen display (VGA) and follows the what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) principle. The representation on the display corresponds to the printed image one-to-one. Therefore, new jobs can be started without any wasted time.

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