The X-line, a new generation of thermoforming packaging machines bagged the Gold International FoodTec Award 2018.
The machine sets a new benchmark in the market. This is owing to its range of innovative technology. As a result of its seamless digitalisation, comprehensive sensor system and networking with the Multivac Cloud, the X-line creates a new dimension in packaging reliability, quality and performance.
The International FoodTec Award is handed to companies with ground breaking developments in innovation, sustainability and efficiency in the sector of food technology.
The jury comprises international experts from the world of science and research. Industry experts are responsible for selecting the most progressive concepts. The renowned Technology Award is handed out on a three-year cycle in the form of gold and silver medals.
The X-line, which received a gold medal, has a level of sensor control never achieved before. Multi Sensor Control captures all the relevant parts of the process. Using closed control circuits, the sensor system constantly captures a wide range of process values such as forming, evacuation and sealing.
All process stages are coordinated to the optimum level, while product- and system-related discrepancies are automatically compensated as much as possible. Faulty settings by operators are independently detected and displayed. The X-line constantly works at the optimum operating point.
Multivac Pack Pilot enables the machine to be set up to the optimum level using machine control support. When new recipes are created, the machine parameterises itself to the optimum operating point. It used die set data and the features for pack, product and packaging material selected. This means the machine can be used without special operator knowledge. Pack Pilot has access to comprehensive expert knowledge, which benefits from process data from over 1 000 new packaging solutions per year. The X-line produces packs with maximum packaging reliability, consistent quality and high output without production loss during machine start-up.
A new die generation called X-tools guarantees the lowest operating costs in the market. X-tools have an extensive range of innovations in its design, sensor system and actuating features. It enables shorter evacuation times to be achieved and contributes to higher cycle outputs. As an option, the X-tools can be designed with a narrower edge trim width. This means the film trim can be reduced by up to 30 per cent. All the die elements are coded and can be identified by the thermoforming packaging machine. When a die is correctly installed, the machine parameterises itself automatically, which ensures there is optimum process control. This means operating reliability is increased, particularly for machines with frequent format changes.
The X-line has been equipped with an innovative operating concept. The intuitive HMI 3 Multi-Touch user interface is high-resolution and is equivalent to the operating logic of today’s mobile devices. It enables the operating processes to be controlled easily and reliably. It can be individually set to the particular operator. This includes different access rights and operating languages. User login is contactless by means of RFID chip cards. All the relevant machine parameters are displayed on one screen page.