The next generation of packing technology

The-next-generation-of-Wrap-Around-packing-technology-unveiledGebo Cermex recently launched its updated WB45 wrap-around case packer, which meets the key market demands of flexibility, hygiene and ergonomics. Its features include a new automation platform, belt drives for blank magazine and case transfer modules, servodrives. and quick-release systems for faster, simpler format changeovers.

According to the company, there was certainly a need for a response to the complex, increasingly diverse demands of today’s packaging industry. The same production facilities need to adapt to the wide-ranging requirements of supermarkets, discount stores, online retailers and more. Producers demand ever more ergonomic systems – systems that are easy-to-use and free of retention zones but capable of handling a huge array of packaging sizes and formats.

The WB45 packer is an all-purpose wrap-around unit for a broad range of industries, from food and beverages to pharmaceuticals via home and personal care. This new version includes a raft of innovative technical features, while retaining the functionality and robustness it is known for. These are:

  • Sequential technology
  • Ability to handle a vast range of secondary packaging items (complete Wrap Around blanks, trays, shelf-ready packaging)
  • More flexible, more ergonomic, and more hygienic
  • Increased capacity
  • Full conformity with OMAC and Pack ML standards
  • Enhanced ergonomics and flexibility for simpler format changeovers

For maximum ease-of-use, the blank magazine height was lowered to 850mm from the ground and remains fixed at that height regardless of the secondary packaging format. The extraction arm automatically adjusts to the programmed packaging dimensions. The combination of servo-drives, electronic cams and compact embedded variator systems simplified the machine’s wiring, reduced the size of the electrical cabinet, and allowed the removal of most of the adjustment chains and their associated mechanical counters.

This new philosophy also offers greater precision and reduced noise levels. The result is a thoroughly ergonomic operating experience: the new electronics make day-to-day operation easier and simplify the changeover process, while the clutch system of the gluing station makes the case easy to remove in the event of an incident.

Finally, the new, more hygienic, lower maintenance thermoplastic polyurethane timing belts (FDA approved) are designed for blank magazines and the case handling part (belts with stainless steel brackets). This helps in cutting down on potential retention zones where dust and fluids can gather, while eliminating the need for the usual regular chain adjustments and maintenance.