At this year’s Interphex as well as at Powtech Coperion K-Tron will display the next generation of its highly accurate, gravimetric K3-PH feeders for the pharmaceutical industry. These modular feeders have been specially designed to meet the growing demands of continuous processing. Thanks to the use of a smaller D4 platform scale incorporating the patented and highly accurate Smart Force Transducer (SFT) weighing technology, they require significantly less floor space compared to previous models. Depending on the process and requirements, several feeders can be grouped into a cluster, for example for continuous processes such as direct compression (CDC), extrusion, wet and dry granulation, and continuous coating as well as traditional batch processes.
Easy handling and better product quality
The modular design of this innovative feeder line simplifies cleaning and reduces changeover times. The “Quick Change” design, whereby the feeder bowl can be quickly decoupled from the feeder drive, also enables simple and fast product changes. By simply releasing two clamps, the used feeding unit can be removed and replaced with a clean one.
The three available Coperion K-Tron feeder types QT20, QT35 and QS60 (twin and single screw) can be used with the same scale and drive units. They are interchangeable, depending on the product to be fed, the required feed rates and the necessary scale resolution. For an optimal Wet-In-Place (WIP) result, every unit has an integral two degree pitch facilitating maximum drainage during the cleaning process. In addition, the feeder bowls and hoppers feature a new improved seal design for optimal product containment. The complete line of equipment is engineered to meet the rigid requirements of the pharmaceutical industry, including strict adherence to cGMP guidelines and standards as well as the use of FDA approved materials of construction. Initial industry reactions to the design include very positive comments on the use of a single gearbox for the complete speed ranges of all feeder models.
High-accuracy weighing with patented SFT technology
The new D4 platform scale features the same state-of-the-art sanitary design of the established Coperion K-Tron D5 scale. Smooth, crevice free surfaces prevent deposit of dust and product residue and enable easy cleaning. The redesign of the scale from a round design to a trapezoid design features a much smaller footprint and facilitates an optimized multi-feeder arrangement. This is especially useful in areas with limited space, where multiple ingredients must be fed into one process inlet. At the heart of the new D4 scale, Coperion K-Tron’s patented SFT single wire weighing technology provides a highly accurate weight signal with a resolution of 1:4,000,000 in 80 ms. The electronics include linearization, temperature compensation and a digital low-pass filter to reduce the effect of plant vibration. The 100% digital design eliminates the need for calibration.
Coperion at the Interphex 2019: Booth 2558
Coperion at the Powtech 2019: Hall 4, Booth 290
Suitable for a large range of applications
Grass paper labels for organic products
AstroNova, European headquarters of AstroNova Inc. responsible for Sales and Customer Service in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is extending its Product Identification range with new approved labelling for direct foodstuff contact.
This new paper, made from grass, provides an eco-friendly label material for organic product brand owners. Environmentally friendly packaging and labelling boosts consumer confidence in both the brand and product. This high-quality adaptable label is usable on a wide range of product types (foodstuff, cosmetics, wine, pet foods) and is particularly suitable for labelling clothing.
The manufacturing process for conventional wood pulp uses 6,000 litres of water per ton – compared to a mere 1 litre used in the production of this grass-based product; known under the reference 261.
Its permanent adhesive is perfect for small surfaces on a variety of substrates. This general-purpose adhesive is approved for direct foodstuff contact and has been awarded ISEGA Institute certification. As an option, AstroNova can also provide an acrylic dispersion adhesive, which is removable without leaving residue, from a variety of substrates.
The light brown colour of Grass paper means that a vintage-style label (popular for the labelling of wines and spirits) can be achieved without the need for additional processing.
AstroNova is the perfect partner for brands, which print in-house: they offer expert advice, customer-specific materials, colour label printers, software and inks/toners, after-sales service, a permanent stock of spare parts and support through the company’s in-house Service & Support Department. AstroNova offers a complete solution – everything from a single source.
The new labelling material, together with its suitable printer, the QL‑300, will be presented for the first time at the Empack in Dortmund from 8th – 9th May 2019 at Stand G19.
New system solution
Sustainable MAP packaging
Gea presented a new combined solution for sustainable food packaging at IFFA 2019 in Frankfurt. The new packaging law, which came into force in Germany on January 1, 2019, requires significantly higher recycling rates for plastic packaging and will have far-reaching consequences for industry. Together with partner companies, Gea developed an ecological carton/film composite solution, known as FoodTray. The two components, which are assembled on a Gea thermoforming packaging machine, can be easily separated later by the consumer in a single motion.
Supplying a growing world population with fresh food only works with the support of safe and secure packaging. The challenge is the consumption of resources, which is constantly rising and yet must be minimized. The German packaging law stipulates recycling quotas which, for example, requires 63 percent for plastics by 2022. “The question is what the packaging industry can do to meet these requirements and how it can ultimately replace plastic,” says Hans-Günter Donges, who is responsible for overarching developments in process technology at Gea.
Bundled know-how for greater efficiency and sustainability
As a result, food manufacturers are making challenging demands on machine technology. The company has offered a proven alternative to pure plastic packaging for years with a carton/film composite solution, which has now been further adapted to market requirements and guarantees maximum flexibility. Initially, the concept focused on creating a tray from corrugated board that could also meet the requirements of modern food packaging. Thanks to the cooperation with diverse specialists from the corrugated cardboard, film and mechanical engineering sectors, including the Roba Group, Schur Flexibles Germany and Van de Velde Packaging, the requirements could now be met. FoodTray is a system packaging that combines the criteria of product claim, haptics, safety, sustainability and industrial production processes.
Composite packaging solution, yet still separable
FoodTray is a packaging solution made from the basic materials: corrugated cardboard and film. Corrugated cardboard is the most widely used packaging material worldwide and is made almost entirely of natural raw or recycled material. The film provides an outstanding barrier, helping extend food shelf life.
The FoodTray system consists of corrugated cardboard carton with film on the inside, combining the advantages of both cardboard and plastic. “We’ve reduced film content by up to 70 percent,” explains Donges. “At FoodTray, fossil-based raw materials are replaced with fibers from renewable raw materials; the recycled content is more than 80 percent. At the same time, we make no compromises in terms of stability. Likewise, the cardboard and film can be easily separated and recycled by the consumer.”
The film is thermoformed and sealed directly to the inside of the corrugated cardboard box. After this, the customerspecific packaging process can take place. “The investment costs are low and the result is ecologically sustainable packaging,” summarizes Donges. MAP packaging heights range from 20 to 60 mm and skin versions up to 20 mm, with corrugated cardboard used on the outer box.
The brand information can be printed over the entire surface, enables high-quality product presentation and meets increasing product labeling demands. Likewise, companies have the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to using resources more mindfully by investing in this sustainable solution. “At our production site in Wallau, Germany, we have put a sample system into operation where diverse customer-specific solutions can be tested,” concludes Donges invitingly.
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Packaging System for Palletised Organic Products
The Beumer stretch hood A packages organic foods on different sized pallets in Ascheberg, a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, not far from our headquarters in Beckum. The client Davert supplies major customers like supermarkets, but also delivers to end customers directly. From cereal to muesli and chia seeds: the Beumer stretch hood A packages the bags and bundles of food efficiently and safely. Once the picked pallets are covered with stretch film, they are transported to high-bay storage or to shipping where they are driven on trucks to the customer’s site.