New High-speed Vertical Bagger for Fragile Confections

GEA announces a new high-speed vertical bagger that increases production efficiency and reduces breakage of fragile goods available now for the UK confectionery and bakery sectors.

After unveiling the SmartPacker CX250-S ahead of the ProSweets exhibition in Cologne, GEA says this latest in vertical form-fill-seal packaging (VFFS) equipment builds on the success of its predecessors by incorporating a range of new integrated features that further improve pack presentation, offer zero downtime and reduce product and film waste.

Capable of speeds up to 250 pillow bags per minute, SmartPacker’s new sealing jaws are almost twice as strong as the previous model and the low-drop design between weigher and the jaw-head, provides even greater accuracy, minimizing the chance of damage to brittle confectionery and snacks. Even if the product accidentally fouls the seal area, the detection function will create a double-bag to avoid contamination or harm to the sealing jaws or knife, ensuring that the process continues.

SmartPacker produces gas-tight bags across a greater range of film materials giving manufacturers flexibility, while the machine is exceptionally reliable, delivering operational uptime of more than 98%. Easy to operate and process-reliable, the SmartPacker is designed to transform confectionery packaging, according to Lee Driscoll, GEA UK’s Product Manager – Vertical Packaging.

“The SmartPacker is a significant evolution of VFFS technology and does what it says on the side – smart packaging that delivers greater productivity, reduced plastic film waste and exceptional pack quality combined with practically no downtime. It’s good for both the environment and for the bottom line with cost savings that will ultimately lead to a quicker payback on the initial investment,” said Driscoll.

The UK launch of SmartPacker comes hot on the heels of GEA’s PowerPak PLUS thermoformer, innovative equipment that provides shortened set-up and changeover times, while reducing film waste by up to 75%. PowerPak PLUS can also be operated in tandem with GEA’s Oxycheck, the non-invasive in-line quality control system for Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP).

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