Available in clean and ultra-clean hygienic executions, the LFS fills and packages liquid, viscous and pump required products, such as yogurt, sour cream, margarine, deli salads, dips, sauces, soups, or retorted pet food into preformed containers. The machine’s new modular concept is designed to enable manufacturers to react quickly to changing market demands. Each machine function can be retrofitted, added or exchanged to meet customized requirements. The open design ensures optimum accessibility and visibility for easy cleaning and maintenance.
The ability to flexibly handle a variety of products and formats can be a key advantage in the highly competitive food market. “While developing the LFS, we paid special attention to a modular concept, which enables our customers with peace of mind that their new filling and packaging solution can be counted on for decades to come,” explains Oguz Karcier, Product Manager at Syntegon.
New modular concept The LFS consists of individual modules which include main machine functions such as cup supply, disinfection, filling, sealing, capping, and cup discharge. Each module can be configured, added or retrofitted according to individual production needs for maximum flexibility. For example, the LFS can be equipped with up to three servo-driven pump systems, either a tank pump or a newly developed single pump system, to cover a variety of different product viscosities. The dosing station incorporates exchangable nozzles as well as integrated CIP (Cleaning In Place) and SIP (Sterilization in Place) for ultra-clean configurations. The LFS processes all common container formats with a diameter between 60 and 160 milimeters on up to eight lanes with a maximum output rate of up to 20,000 cups per hour. In sequential indexing configuration, alternating carrier plates allow for processing two different packaging formats one after another without format changes needed.
To ensure optimum hygienic conditions during the filling process, the disinfection station can be configured to meet individual product requirements. For ultra-clean applications such as products with extended shelf life, customers can opt for two types of chemical-free disinfection methods: UVC light or pulsed-light. Optionally, the same technology can be used to disinfect the lids before placing them on the cups. In addition, HEPA filters purify the air, while container vacuums remove loose particles and debris from the cups before filling. Food producers can seal their product’s packaging either using pre-cut foils or heat-sealing rollstock film. Integrated sensors perform seal integrity checks to detect any leakage or poor seals to ensure product safety.
Economical and efficient production now and for the future Thanks to its overall open layout and maintenance-friendly design, operators have optimum accessibility of the LFS machine parts and can perform tool-less format changes safely and quickly. A new feature for punctual chain elongation adjustment as well as lifetime lubricated bearings reduce downtime and ensure a highly efficient, reliable production. Furthermore, the LFS was designed with the future in mind: The integrated HMI 4.0 multi touch screen provides intuitive operator guidance with a clear and structured menu to assist efficient workflow and simplify troubleshooting. Further digital solutions can be added to enable quick product changes. For example, recipe changes and all necessary machine parameter adaptions are done automatically by the push of a button. In terms of sustainability, the LFS saves energy and can be configured to process sustainable materials, including paper and monomaterials for better recyclability.
“Our goal was to offer dairy and food manufacturers a flexible filling and packaging solution that fits their specific needs,” says Jonathan Viens, Sales and Marketing Manager at Osgood Industries, LLC. “The LFS provides future-proof flexibility: customers can configure the system to fit their products and integrate it into existing production lines. They can use sustainable packaging material, add additional filling stations or exchange their existing lidding station. In a nutshell: whatever the customer opts for, we make sure their LFS linear filling machines will be ready for all future requirements.”
The innovation ensures accuracy in calculations, granularity with data and most importantly, carbon transparency for businesses.
Ready to enable informed decisions in terms of how materials are sourced, packaging is manufactured, stored and delivered, the software can calculate packaging CO2 emissions, for many thousands of SKU’s therefore reducing the time and cost of a conventional Life Cycle Analysis.
“Due to the complexity in the production of packaging and the cost associated with gathering the data, it has not been possible to measure the CO2 emissions and impact in the packaging sector, until now, and I believe this knowledge will drive better and more sustainable packaging choices in the future” said Tim Barbary, business owner and company director at Benchmark Consulting Global.
The company said that CO2e in the manufacturing of packaging materials can now for the first time be accurately calculated from source, e.g., a barrel of oil or tree through to delivered materials to a packer/ filler alongside the price calculations. These measurements are specific to each individual packaging item manufactured, at each customised plant and even taking into consideration each customised manufacturing setting during the production process, enabling a holistic commercial and environmental decision.
Aligned to the growing trend to provide transparency to the consumer, Benchmark said the software can add the packaging CO2e values to product manufactured and include the delivery CO2e to the retailer which can be printed on consumer packs, using a traffic light coded label to not only promote the sustainable steps taken by Brands but also to drive a change in consumer behaviour.
Benchmark specialises in providing commercial and financial estimating and workflow software for the producers of packaging materials. Its clients include some of the largest packaging groups across Europe and major brands in FMCG.
A symbol of growing interconnectivity and easy yet safe access to data, IoT is changing every industry for the better as discussed in the previous blog ( IoT part 1). In the packaging industry specifically, IOT helps increase consumer awareness and can also help in data logging and automation of processes.
Effective July 1, 2021 Dr. Paul Walach (37) becomes Managing Director of Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating together with Karsten Kratz. With this move, the Reifenhäuser Group business unit specializing in cast film, sheet and extrusion coating lines introduces a generation change at executive management level. Bernd Reifenhäuser, CEO of the Reifenhäuser Group, explains: "We are placing young executives in charge but with experienced executives to flank them. This makes for a good mix of know-how, diversity, and stability."
Pharma-Tac plus Booklet-Label: Multifunctional Label from Schreiner MediPharm Simplifies International Clinical Trials
To enhance convenience and efficiency in global clinical trials, Schreiner MediPharm has developed a new specialty label for infusion bottles: The combination of the “Pharma-Tac” hanger label and a Booklet-Label complements the label-integrated hanger with a paper booklet for comprehensive product descriptions in different languages. This specialty label provides research-based pharmaceutical companies with a marking solution offering greater flexibility and reliability for international clinical trials.
Their most recent addition is Mr. Pasha Solel as Senior Business Development Manager for their Flexible Packaging market. Before joining Michelman, Solel spent nearly a decade with HP Indigo as a Material Applications Expert, working with major converters and focused on labels and flexible packaging applications. Prior to HP, he spent many years in the sustainable solar power industry, having experience with various plastics, adhesives, coatings, treatments, and curing technologies.
Explains Ralph Giammarco, Global Business Development Director for Printing & Packaging, "In addition to his strong technical background and customer-intimate approach, Pasha brings an in-depth understanding of how digital imaging and state-of-the art finishing workflows will help our customers adapt to the high market and brand demands for sustainability, functional performance, and quick turnaround."
Additionally, Mr. Gianluigi Rankin, the company's Global Marketing Manager for Digital Printing, has just been named to the Digital Print for Packaging US Advisory Board. Along with peers from Siegwerk, EFI, HP, Smithers, Ball Corporation, and Global Inkjet Systems Ltd., he will help shape future Digital Print for Packaging events and programs hosted by Smithers, a multinational provider of testing, consulting, information, and compliance services.
Explains Rankin, "I'm excited to collaborate with this panel of expert advisory board members who thoroughly understand the current trends of the digital printing industry. I look forward to helping shape relevant and industry-leading events."
New MMS 2 is half the size of its predecessor, and its modular design enhances versatility; WIPOTEC also will showcase HC-A-V Checkweigher, combining precision checkweighing with dual camera inspection.
"Eliminating waste plastic from our environment is a complex global challenge that requires a comprehensive, collaborative approach across the entire plastics lifecycle. P&G is taking a thoughtful approach to addressing the collection, processing, revitalization, and reuse of materials. That's why we selected Eastman's molecular recycling technologies which enable former waste to be transformed into useful products," explained Lee Ellen Drechsler, Procter & Gamble Senior Vice President of R&D.
Eastman Renew materials are made via Eastman's molecular recycling technologies using waste plastic that, without this technology, would end up in landfills. These advanced recycling technologies are a complement to traditional recycling, expanding the types and amounts of plastics that can be recycled. This gives materials an extended useful life and diverts plastic waste from landfills or the environment.
In addition to packaging innovation, P&G and Eastman will collaborate on initiatives addressing the infrastructure needed to increase plastic recycling rates. These efforts will complement the current recycling streams in the United States and enable additional recycling options for consumers eager to help solve the plastic waste problem. The two companies will work to expand the collection of hard-to-recycle plastics, further diverting waste from landfills. These expanded recycling streams will be used to create new materials via Eastman's molecular recycling technologies.
"Eastman is excited to have Procter & Gamble as a partner to put molecular recycling into practice," said Scott Ballard, Eastman's Division President of Plastics. "Together, we can create value from waste and show the world what's possible through innovation. The value created will help drive the critical changes in our recycling infrastructure that are necessary to solve the plastic waste crisis."
Eastman Renew materials are available globally at scale now, enabling companies like Procter & Gamble to deliver circular product and packaging solutions to consumers. P&G is working to integrate Eastman Renew materials into select product packaging later this year. Eastman is constructing one of the world's largest plastic-to-plastic recycling facilities at its Kingsport, Tenn., location, with completion expected in 2022. The molecular recycling facility will consume over 200 million pounds annually of landfill-bound waste plastic in the making of Eastman Renew materials.
The aluminum tube and aerosol can industry in Germany is resilient and reliable, also in times of crisis
Düsseldorf, August 03, 2021 - The development of the aluminum tubes and aerosol can market in the first half of 2021 can only be adequately assessed for the German market in retrospect to 2020 because the first quarter of 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis was still characterized by extremely lively demand from all end consumer markets.
Food and household sectors stable in the crisis, pharmaceuticals mixed, cosmetics weaker
ITS’ technology will enable restaurants, cafes, offices, stadiums, and other venues to offer brands in CCEP’s portfolio via self-service taps. Through this system, consumers can refill their own drinks and pay for the quantity served themselves, directly through the tap.
The self-pour, self-pay technology offers consumers a packaging-free delivery method for their drinks, while also aiming to cut down queues, reduce the need for unnecessary contact, and free up serving staff – features that are beneficial as COVID-19 restrictions lift.
ITS, which is new to Europe, will be piloted with CCEP customers Restalia – a Spanish multinational catering group – and Aspro Parks – a company specialising in theme parks, water parks, zoos, and leisure centres.
The first ITS devices have been installed in Restalia’s 100 Montaditos restaurant at Centro Comercial TresAguas shopping centre, located in Madrid, and at Aspro Parks’s Palmitos Park and Aqualand Maspalomas, in Gran Canaria.
This initiative represents a step forward in CCEP’s This is Forward Action on Packaging strategy, which was launched in 2017. CCEP has committed to investing and innovating in refillable and dispensed delivery models with the aim of reducing packaging where it can and eliminating packaging waste, while lowering its carbon footprint as part of its 2040 net-zero ambition.
Craig Twyford, co-founder of CCEP Ventures, the company’s investment arm, comments: “We’re always looking for new and innovative ways for people to enjoy our drinks, thinking beyond the traditional bottle or can, and ITS is a great example of how we’re using technology to help our customers sell and deliver our products in different ways.
“One of the key focus areas for CCEP Ventures is exploring new partnerships and investments to accelerate sustainable packaging innovation and how we can deliver more beverages while using less packaging.
“ITS is an opportunity for us to explore and test new dispensed and packaging-free delivery solutions and, alongside other steps, create a circular economy model that will help us reduce, reuse and recycle our packaging.”
CCEP Ventures invested in ITS in 2020 and plans to co-develop the self-pour, self-pay solution for soft drinks with the goal of bringing new packaging and packaging-free innovations to market for CCEP customers.