IMA Showcases Integrated Solutions at iba

IMA will be showcasing a number of solutions on Stand B1.310. Visitors will be able to examine the technologies close up and illustrate any specific requirements with IMA FLX staff. The IMA FLX team is always available to discuss a customer’s goals and adapt each solution technically to achieve or exceed those specific targets. All aspects are considered: from increasing output to reducing operating costs, handling innovative packaging materials or minimizing human intervention, even ultrasonic sealing and M.A.P. systems as required.

Complete bagging line for bread rolls with vision system and VFFS

Vision 3000 is a vision system using laser technology and will be running in line with an intermittent vertical form-fill-seal machine, the Vegatronic 2600. Together, as a fully integrated solution for bakeries, these machines will be displayed as a complete bagging line for bread rolls. By means of a combination of laser and line scan cameras, Vision 3000 guarantees accurate checking and counting operations to verify product height, length, width and surface. Feeding products at high speed, Vision 3000 is so flexible it will handle fresh, par-baked, frozen and raw dough products, whether baguettes, pretzels, rolls, bagels, donuts or croissants.

Furthermore, the system can be integrated with a metal detector, sharing a reject system with the quality control module. IMA Ilapak makes sure that whatever needs to go from freezer to box or bag is exactly what the customer wants.

Flow wrapping solutions and long-dwell sealing with sustainable materials

On show at IBA 2023, Delta 3000 is one of the market’s best-known flow wrapping machines offering M.A.P, hermetic sealing and hygienic design. A key feature available on Delta 3000 will be demonstrated at IBA and regards long-dwell sealing technology to ensure hermetic seals for products processed in a modified atmosphere. In view of a growing trend towards sustainable packaging materials, typically hard to handle, containing high proportions of paper or recyclable mono-material, plastic based on PE or PP, at the show, the Delta 3000 will demonstrate its long-dwell sealing capabilities which cover several new materials and enable companies to be well prepared for the future.

The Delta 3000, when coupled with the VACMAP™ system, ensures the same shelf-life standards as thermoforming solutions, but with considerably lower costs. Film is less expensive and minimal operator intervention keeps labour costs to a minimum, even when changeover is performed.

Furthermore, less material is used by a flow wrapping platform than a thermoforming solution, thus placing less wrapping film/material on the market and consequently in the environment. Higher throughput and exceptional flexibility are hallmarks of the Delta 3000 combined with VACMAP™ as it easily handles multiple sizes compared to thermoforming technology. By switching off the vacuum function and reverting to a normal gas flushing system, wrapping speed can be further increased. And to make the fresh bakery products appealing to customers, unlike thermoformed packaging solutions, the entire package can be printed to enhance the perceived quality.

Horizontal FSS machine combined with and automatic loading

Synchronising the stages of a production line improves efficiency and this is one of the key benefits seen when using FLOWPOCKET by IMA Record to automatically load buns onto the BS RS (Bottom Seal / Rotating Seal) version of the PANDA flow wrapping machine. Perfect for a broad range of regular, small and medium-sized products, PANDA BS RS reaches an output of up to 300 ppm. At IBA 2023, the line will be equipped to seal mono-material plastic PE film as well as compostable barrier material. Sealing packets of buns with a rotating jaw, PANDA is fed using the extremely flexible FLOWPOCKET. Featuring 3 pocket trains, FLOWPOCKET channels the buns into independent pockets, so that the process can be synched more precisely along the line. In the exhibited solution, groups of 2 buns are assembled, one pair above the other. A perfect alternative to pick&place systems, FLOWPOCKET is easy to set up, quick to implement changeover and synchronised to perfection.


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