GEA Optimizes TwinTube Packaging Machine 

GEA will launch the redesigned high-speed vertical packaging machine GEA SmartPacker TwinTube at PackExpo, in Las Vegas, USA, from September 23-25, 2019.

The entire machine has been redesigned as a modular system with increased functional efficiency promoting higher operational uptime and ease of use.

The TwinTube is a continuous motion vertical machine, suitable for packaging small-sized food products. The machine is part of a complete packaging process with upstream and downstream equipment operating in a dry manufacturing facility. It operates with two parallel forming tubes, achieving combined speeds of up to 500 bags per minute (weighing 10 to 18g each). It is also possible to run a different film reel for each tube, meaning calorie packs of different widths or designs can be simultaneously filled. A new feature to the machine is the Jumbo Roll, which allows film reels of up to 100 kg to be used for long production runs, which boosts operational efficiency.

“The new TwinTube has a modular construction, which allows customers to easily add new options and upgrade their machine, thus prolonging the life span of the system. In addition, we’ve increased operator friendliness by introducing tool-less adjustment features which helps achieve shorter change-over times and proven/error free setup of the machine – this includes printers, labelers and the vertical sealing unit. With these new updates, we’re able to meet our customers’ demands in terms of automated process control, less operator dependence, more uptime and operational efficiency,” explains Martijn van de Mortel, product manager vertical packaging at GEA.

The new SmartPacker TwinTube is also equipped with automated web tracking. This means that if the film deviates from its path, due to – for example – variances in the film roll, the feature will correct the direction of the film automatically, without the need of manual adjustment. Ultimately, this safeguards the quality of the resulting bags, while saving on downtime.

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