Hugo Beck showcases innovative automation solutions for film packaging
At interpack, the company is expanding on its years of expertise in the field of automation with high-speed robot technology
The company can claim a decade-long development tradition when it comes to automation. Handling systems such as portals, grouping solutions, stacking and counting devices, cross pusher etc. – the list of automation options is long, and it has been the dynamic force behind the technological development in a wide range of industries. This product range was recently strengthened by the addition of parallel robots, which make it easier than ever to handle a wide variety of products, for example through grouping, stacking and moving.
“This allows us to offer our customers from a wide range of industries absolute flexibility in the selection of technology depending on their needs and a comprehensive solution from a single source”, explains Head of Sales, Timo Kollmann. “We offer support with our expertise throughout the entire automation process, from project planning and manufacture right through to integration into complex packaging lines. This particularly applies to robot technology for automated product feeding, which is perfectly suited to applications in pharmaceuticals, medical technology, food, confectionery, cosmetics, technology, print and paper,” he says.
Automation in food production
Hugo Beck will present an example of an automation solution for the food sector. Trade fair visitors will be able to witness complex film packaging as the end result for a convenience product, using the servo X transverse sealing unit in combination with a high-speed parallel robot. The servo X achieves a maximum output of 15,000 cycles/hour and processes film packaging from a length of 80 mm, a width of 10 to 450 mm and a height of up to 300 mm. The transverse sealing technology of Hugo Beck also achieves film savings of up to 15 %. The parallel robot – also known as a spider robot, delta robot or picker – is controlled via the packaging machine. It localises, sorts and dispenses a wide range of 3D products and packaging in large or small quantities with a load capacity of up to eight kilograms, meaning the solution can be used for a whole host of different and individual applications.
Reproducibility right from the first packaging
Based on the typically demanding and highly specific requirements in the pharmaceuticals and medical technology sectors, Hugo Beck designs and manufactures complex bespoke packaging lines. The company’s flowpack X-D film packaging machines can be delivered with a longitudinal seam at the top or the bottom and equipped with numerous options such as a thermal transfer printer, labelling machine and film changing machine for continuous film winding, i.e. non-stop operation. They can also be treated with gas and packaged under modified atmosphere. Clean room requirements are easily adhered to for tightly sealed packaging. Hugo Beck flowpack machines achieve a maximum output of 18,000 cycles/hour and process film packaging from a length of 30 mm and a width of 10 to 400 mm. They achieve one hundred percent tight packaging seams, seamless traceability and reproducible results from the very first product packaging. interpack will play host to a live demonstration of the flowpacking of a typical pharmaceutical product.
Whether as a space-saving standalone device or in a combination, the universal flexo X form fill and seal machine can be employed flexibly in every sense. It is particularly suited to frequently changing products, individually or in a stack, since it can be reconfigured in no time at all and without tools. Product data memory enables you to quickly call up already processed products. At interpack, various predominantly technical products will be packaged in film and shrunken.
Hugo Beck Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
Hugo Beck is the world’s leading manufacturer of horizontal flowpack, film packaging and post-print processing machines in an output range of 3,000 to 18,000 cycles/h. Flexibly deployable periphery modules are available for all machines, among them feeders and high-speed robot systems as a component of various automation solutions. In addition to series machines, Hugo Beck particularly focuses on providing customer-specific solutions. State-of-the-art in-house project planning and manufacturing processes are the prerequisite for being able to react flexibly to virtually all customer needs.
Hugo Beck machines are currently being used successfully all over the world in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics, print and paper, textiles, glass and wood.
Founded in 1955 and based in Dettingen/Erms near Stuttgart, Hugo Beck is today the company with the most comprehensive manufacturing product range in the film packaging segment for flowpack, form fill and seal and shrink packaging in the world. The focus is on maximising automation, flexibility and availability. These innovative packaging solutions are developed and produced by some 110 specialists at the company headquarters. Today, the family enterprise is represented all over the world by a network of contract partners.