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New one and two-component dispensers

The new Viscotec products at the productronica 2020 in Munich. (Picture: Viscotec)
The new Viscotec products at the productronica 2020 in Munich. (Picture: Viscotec)

At productronica in Munich, Viscotec presented, among other things, its optimized dispenser series for even smaller dispensing quantities. Both one-component and two-component dispensers have been optimized for the application of very small quantities. From now on even smaller quantities can be dispensed with maximum precision. The one-component dispenser 3RD3 and the two-component dispenser Viscoduo-P 3/3 and Viscoduo-P 4/3 extend the product portfolio of the dispensing technology specialist even further. Minimum quantities of 0.002 ml for the 3RD3 and 0.005 ml for the P 3/3 can be dispensed. As with all previous dispensers, Viscotec guarantees extremely precise dispensing results with an accuracy of +/- 1 %.

Various stator materials are available for the newly developed products to meet the requirements of different applications. The dispensers are particularly effective in potting applications or for dot and bead dispensing in adhesive and sealing applications. This makes them particularly suitable for the electronics industry, automotive and similar applications.

As with all products, the proven properties of the optimized dispensing pumps are also impressive:

  • Suck-back option (no dripping nor stringing)
  • Completely linear relationship between rotor speed and output quantity
  • Constant dispensing volume, even with fluctuations in density and viscosity
  • Longer service life
  • Quick disassembly
  • Easy programming of quantity and speed
  • Consistent dispensing quality for low to high viscosity fluids

The two-component versions Viscoduo-P 3/3 and Viscoduo-P 4/3 guarantee the static mixing of two components of the same or different viscosity. Maximum flexibility is provided by various combinations of Viscoduo-P 4/4, 4/3 and 3/3. A parallel arrangement of the two dispensing units ensures a space-saving, compact design. Their modular construction allows a wide range of mixing ratios up to 10:1 thanks to the use of different dispenser sizes. The two-component dispensers are perfectly suited for two-component adhesive materials based on epoxy resin (EP), polyurethane (PU), silicone (Si), acrylate and many others.

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Silage Wrap Stretch Film Capability
Coveris further expands

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Coveris Further Expands Silage Wrap Stretch Film Capability
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Building on its longstanding expertise of more than 35 years as a leading supplier of stretch films, Coveris now expands its capacities and further invests in its Kufstein plant. Following on from the recently announced major investment programme in Winsford UK, the second phase of this programme is now launched which expands and upgrades the technical capabilities in Kufstein, Austria through investment in a 5-layer specialist Agri Extrusion line.

The Winsford UK investment in new generation extrusion and pre-stretch assets creates a dedicated UK cell for stretch film production, expanding its industrial capacity and extending its capability to manufacture agricultural stretch film applications in the UK.

The 5-layer extrusion investment in Kufstein significantly enhances its position as Centre of Excellence for Agri production and will allow Coveris to extend its product range to include additional premium quality silage films for high speed wrappers and challenging bale sizes. The new equipment will be installed and commissioned during quarter two 2020, and together with the Winsford investment increases Coveris silage wrap capacity to ~30k tons.

“This investment of 5-layer extrusion capability into Kufstein is an exciting development for Coveris as we seek to significantly expand our offering within the Global Agri films market. We now have Agri manufacturing centres in both Austria and the UK, allowing us to offer our clients a wider service proposition to add to our outstanding product and technical know-how built up over many years. Our reputation for high quality products can now be enhanced further through accelerated product development and innovation”, comments Martin Davis, President Business Unit Films on the Agri investment programme.

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Deliberately produces creases
Unique labeller for unique containers

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Patented solution for affixing the foil: a servomotor turns the bottles, while linear motors press the foil onto the containers with the aid of sponges. (Picture: Krones)
Patented solution for affixing the foil: a servomotor turns the bottles, while linear motors press the foil onto the containers with the aid of sponges. (Picture: Krones)

A label with creases, and a labeller that deliberately produces these creases – what for most beverage producers is a no-no was one of the paramount requirements of Mozart Distillerie in Salzburg. A look at the container’s shape explains the paradox: the liqueur bottles are spherical, to connote the world-famous “Mozart-Kugel”. The label, made of aluminium-coated paper foil, is required to fit snugly round the container – and to look as if it had been applied by hand.

Hitherto, Mozart Distillerie had been using what is meanwhile a 30-year-old labeller from a customised-machine manufacturer, which Plant Manager Friedrich Guggenberger had progressively individualised over the course of time with numerous design enhancements of his own. But the output no longer sufficed – and Mozart Distillerie was looking for a partner to jointly develop a new machine.

Numerous customisation features combined

Because Krones’ corporate roots, of course, originate in labelling technology, the firm accepted the challenge – and combined the long years of practical experience and visions contributed by Friedrich Guggenberger and his team with the technical expertise of Krones’ own labelling specialists. And the results are truly impressive: a combination of features for precise container positioning, several inspection systems, and a multiplicity of technological customisation improvements ensure that Mozart Distillerie’s requirements are translated into engineered reality. For labelling, Krones is for the first time deploying a combination of one cold-glue and one wrap-around Contiroll labelling station, and pressure-sensitive body labels are applied to a sloping area. For affixing the foil, Krones developed a patented combination of a servomotor that turns the bottles, and linear motors that in twelve press-on operations use sponges to carefully press the foil onto the containers.

In order to ensure that the closure cap is correctly positioned as well, Krones has specially developed a guide rail that uses the sloping label area as an orientation reference point. These rails can be re-adjusted with only a few manipulations, so that all six sizes – from the small 50-millilitre to the large one-litre bottle – can be handled with the same system.

The new line is currently dressing around 5,000 bottles per hour, with an option for increasing the output to as much as 9,000 bph. It embodies two antithetical characteristics: the technology is fully automated to the latest state of the art, while the results, by contrast, reflect Mozart Distillerie’s craft philosophy.

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Tailor-made packaging solutions from a single source

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Tailor-made packaging solutions from a single source
Picture: Multivac

At this year’s interpack Multivac will be exhibiting packaging solutions for sensitive products. The highlight will be the RX 4.0 thermoforming packaging machine in GMP design, which will be presented to the visitors for the first time. In conjunction with an integrated handling module and an InteliJet HD printer from Bell-Mark, it forms an efficient solution for producing and printing combi packs containing a syringe, filter and vial.

RX 4.0 in GMP design for producing combi packs

The packaging solution is completely enclosed in a housing. In addition to the machine’s comprehensive sensor system, the new generation of intelligent dies also contributes to the high level of efficiency, process reliability, and operating security. Thanks to their highly developed actuating system, the RFID-coded X-tools enable the die to be changed quickly and reliably during product changes. The packaging solution in Düsseldorf will be used to produce a combi pack. The RX 4.0 is equipped with an InteliJet HD printer from Bell-Mark for coding the packs. An integrated H 242 handling module in the outfeed area removes the packs from the machine.

Carousel system for the separating and controlled loading of syringes

Multivac is also showing a carousel system with integrated H 242 handling module for loading syringes into combi packs. A high-performance vision system will be used on the carrier system. This ensures that, even at high throughput, all the packs are inspected for completeness, and it also checks whether the individual products are loaded correctly into the pack cavities.

Wrap-around labelling of cylindrical containers

Among the other exhibits is a compact solution for the wrap-around labelling of glass or plastic bottles. The L 320 conveyor belt labeller, combined with a MRT 100 rotating infeed table and an outfeed table, will be on show in Düsseldorf. The L 320 was specially developed for rapid and precise labelling of round or oval bottles, pots, or glass jars. Since the labeller is constructed of standard modular elements, it can be perfectly designed for the requirements of the particular sector. The model is also very versatile when it comes to label positioning. Labels can be positioned on all sides, as well as over the pack edges or as wrap-around labels. The application of sealing labels is also possible. Thanks to a minimum of format parts, which can be changed very quickly, the L 320 can be converted to different products within a short period of time. The rapid change of label rolls, together with the use of low-maintenance components, also contribute to the labeller’s high level of availability.

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