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New rotor material for dispensing technology

Dispenser Visco-Duo-P 4/4 in a potting application. (Picture: Viscotec)
Dispenser Visco-Duo-P 4/4 in a potting application. (Picture: Viscotec)

At the Productronica trade fair, being held in Munich in November, Viscotec will be presenting a number of innovative new products: Its optimized dispenser series for dispensing even smaller quantities in the 1- and 2-component range, a ceramic rotor specially designed for highly abrasive materials and an optimized version of the Vipro-Duomix for materials that are difficult to mix. This leading trade fair, for development and production in the electronics industry, will welcome international experts from the field of electronics production. And it will offer the ideal platform for the expansion of ViscoTec’s dosing technology portfolio.

A perfect application for even smaller quantities

Both, 1- and 2-component dispensers, have been optimized for the application of very small quantities. The 1-component dispenser 3RD3 and the 2-component dispensers Visco-Duo-P 3/3 and Visco-Duo-P 4/3 now enable the high-precision dispensing of even smaller quantities. The dispensers impress in potting applications or for dot and bead dispensing in adhesive and sealing applications and therefore complement the existing portfolio. The new products will be presented for the first time at Productronica. They will also be officially on sale from then onwards.

New ceramic rotor for an increased service life

In addition to the optimized dispenser series, the new ceramic rotor will also be on display: The ceramic rotor is fully compatible with the dispensing and mixing systems of the RD-Dispenser series and significantly increases the service life when processing highly abrasive materials. It can be used in both, 1- and 2-component systems. Typical applications of the rotor can be found, for example, in the electronics industry or in the field of e-mobility.

Optimized mixing blocks for the static-dynamic mixer

The static-dynamic mixer Vipro-Duomix is perfectly suited for compressible, 2-component materials with very different viscosities, extreme mixing ratios and high pressure sensitivity. At Productronica, the new version will be presented with optimized mixing blocks for materials with low viscosity on both sides and high viscosity on both sides. Previously, the version for single-sided high viscosity and single-sided low viscosity was already available. The new version is ideal for materials that are difficult to mix. A modular design with five different dispenser sizes on each side enables absolute flexibility. And a wide range of mixing ratios from 1:1 to 20:1.

Viscotec at the Productronica 2019: Hall A4, Stand 405

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Uhlmann
Blister line BEC 400

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Uhlmann Blister line BEC 400

The BEC 400 is the ideal line for the processing of all common solid dose products and types of forming material in batches of up to 150,000 packs. Particular characteristics of the compact combination incorporating a blister and a cartoner module include a high level of flexibility and very fast format changeovers.

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Beverage industry
Multi-functional Visitron Filler

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GEA’s multi-functional Visitron Filler ALL-IN-ONE on its way to Australia
Picture: Gea

Gea will present its highly efficient, multifunctional processing technology for the beverage industry at this year’s leading trade fair, BrauBeviale, in hall 7 under the motto: “Refreshingly Different.” On display will be the Gea Visitron Filler All-In-One, which can fill bottles, cans and PET containers on a single filler. BrauBeviale in Nuremberg is a short stopover for the filler before it continues on its way to Australia – where Gea customer, Moon Dog Craft Brewery, is eager to integrate the ultra-flexible filler into its new plant.

Moon Dog Craft Brewery is independent, Australian-owned and fast approaching its 10th birthday. Originally set up in the Melbourne suburb of Abbotsford, Moon Dog has now outgrown that facility and is on the move to Preston where the team has just opened a 12,000 m2 facility. The site will house a unique 725-person venue with a large new brewing facility about to be commissioned, which will allow them to produce over 10 million liters per year. Moon Dog is known for pushing the limits with beer styles and flavours and the new facility with a designated souring kettle will allow them to continue to diversify and grow marketshare within Australia and globally. Seeing the need to bring more efficiency into its processes, Moon Dog ordered a Gea Visitron Filler All-In-One in August 2019, as well as a water deaeration system Varidox, a Dicar-B carbonation system, an Eco-Flash pasteurizer and a Plug & Win 100 centrifuge from the technology group.

Sustainable bottling and canning

Breweries are particularly interested in Gea Vipoll filling equipment because this sector typically has the highest demand for glass bottles and cans. Customers benefit from Gea’s commitment to support and improve production processes end-to-end, from brewing to bottling and storage. Likewise, Gea offers many solutions to help breweries lower their CO2 emissions, which is critical for helping this high-consumption sector meet the ambitious climate protection goals it has set for itself. Highly efficient manufacturing as well as responsible packaging methods are therefore key, which means glass containers and cans will play an even greater role in global environmental strategies; refillable bottles will become a cornerstone of reuse initiatives and cans a valuable recyclable material

One for all

Gea Vipoll developed the All-In-One monoblock filler as a direct response to sustainability requirements and is a prime example of just how lean and flexible filling solutions can be: the compact All-In-One rinses, fills and caps products all within a small production footprint. Its sophisticated process design saves time during filling and format changeovers; within a matter of minutes, the machine can switch to handle different products and container formats. This is made possible by the All-In-One’s multifunctional elements: the rinser is equipped with universal grippers; the filler uses an electro-pneumatic filling valve and a single capping turret is able to accommodate different closure types.

“We chose Gea because the company has a great reputation for manufacturing high quality machines. The All-In-One filler allows us to operate a single filling line for both cans and bottles with quick change over between formats. This gives us benefits in terms of floor space utilization, and simplicity in maintenance and operation,” says Josh Uljans, Co-Founder and CEO of Moon Dog Craft Brewery.

“The All-In-One’s multifunctional system is unique in the world, because it allows for an unprecedented level of flexibility; it can be used to fill glass, cans and PET containers; handle different formats and seal them with diverse cap types; can fill carbonated or still drinks, using a hot or cold fill method,” points out Jakob Salamun, Sales Manager at Gea Vipoll.

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Small to medium-sized batches
Flexible packaging solutions

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Snapsil. Picture: Multivac
Snapsil. (Picture: Multivac)

At Compamed, which takes place from 18 to 21  November, Multivac will be showcasing its comprehensive expertise in automation and packaging of medical products in small to medium-sized batches. These efficient solutions are ideally suited to packing a wide range of products in many different pack formats.

One of the Multivac highlights at the exhibition is a packaging line for sterile medical products, which is equipped with an automatic infeed system for loading pre-filled glass or plastic syringes. The heart of the line is a R 245 thermoforming packaging machine, which is capable of being freely configured. The infeed system, which brings the products directly into the pack cavities in a very controlled and reliable way, consists of a shaft infeed system, a separating wheel, a transport conveyor and an H 242 handling module. For printing the packs with variable production data, a high-performance digital printer from Bell-Mark is used, which features a large print area and excellent print quality on a wide range of materials. A visual inspection system from Multivac provides automatic monitoring of quality and print. All the components are synchronised with the thermoforming packaging machine, and they can be operated conveniently and reliably via its control terminal.

Among the other exhibits is the R 081 thermoforming packaging machine. This compact model is ideally suited to producing small batches, or as an entry-level solution for companies making the transition to automated packaging. The machine can be used for producing both vacuum packs and modified atmosphere packs with reduced residual oxygen content. Flexible and rigid films as well as Tyvek and paper-based packaging materials can be run with ease. At Compamed the R 081 will be equipped with the DP 230 direct web printer, which has a TTO 06 network-enabled thermal transfer printer. The DP 230 can print the packs in both the film running direction and across it, and it is therefore ideally suited to machines equipped with multi-row and multi-track dies.

The company will be showing the C 300 TC chamber machine for packing sterile medical products in pre-made pouches. It enables packs to be produced either as vacuum packs or with modified atmosphere and reduced residual oxygen content. A temperature-controlled and permanently heated sealing bar ensures that this cleanroom-compatible machine achieves reproducible sealing quality, and the whole process can be calibrated and validated.

And last but not least, the firm will also be presenting a solution for the semi-automatic packing of small to medium-sized batches in trays. The compact model offers a high degree of process reliability, reproducibility and quality.

In Düsseldorf Multivac will also be showcasing Snapsil, an innovative concept, which was developed in conjunction with the Snapsil Corporation for producing packs with different functions to simplify opening and reclosing. The Snapsil packs, which can be produced on thermoforming packaging machines and traysealers, are suitable for a wide range of medical and pharmaceutical products, such as for example syringes, tablets, plasters, injectors and catheters etc. Thanks to their integrated “snap opening” feature, the packs are simple to open in the hectic everyday life of hospitals and nursing homes, and they can also be opened easily by elderly people or those with disabilities. If the packs are equipped with a “click-to-close” feature, they can be easily opened and reclosed securely for multiple use. In addition to this, tamper-proof protection ensures that maximum product safety is maintained.

Multivac at the Compamed 2019: Hall 8a, Stand H01

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