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New product developments from Ilapak at this year’s Total exhibition

22 April 2013

New product developments are the focus of Ilapak’s stand at this year’s Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition.

The company’s display includes an upgraded version of the Delta 3000LDR flowrapper with enhanced sealing capabilities and new control system, the Vegatronic 4000 continuous film motion, open frame bagging machine, a Vegatronic 1000 with new resealable pack  and the versatile and easy-to-use Smart flowrapper.

The Delta 3000LDR is a well-established, inverted, electronic flowrapper designed to produce hermetically sealed modified atmosphere packs at high speeds of up to 140 packs a minute.  Feeding film into the machine from below the level of the product flow means that loose products can be placed directly onto the film, ensuring exceptional hygiene and efficient handling of products such as tortillas, sliced meats, cheeses, fish and bakery products as well as wet wipes, medical and pharmaceutical products.

High integrity sealing is ensured by the Delta’s sealing head with ‘oval’ jaw motion profile to ensure a long dwell time and this has now been redesigned to give increased pressure and even greater reliability.
The machine’s control system has also been updated and now uses only commercially available electronic components, an industrial Nexcom PC with ABB Servo drives and state-of-the-art B & R input/output. This not only improves reliability but ensures spare parts are available worldwide from internationally acclaimed component manufacturers.  An iPhone or iPad can automatically communicate with the Delta’s computer to enable remote access for production monitoring or maintenance.
Also new is the high performance three belt lugless infeed system.  Higher speeds can be fed luglessly but require additional feeding belts – up to six belts can be used to give a maximum speed of 140ppm.

Ilapak’s Vegatronic 4000 continuous film motion (CFM) vertical, form, fill and seal (VFFS) machine with open frame design will also be on display.  Ideal for deep-frozen, wet or fresh foods where strict hygiene standards and ease of machine cleaning are a priority, the machine’s open-frame design allows components to be constantly monitored as the frame is fully open and accessible.  This ensures fast access for servicing and maintenance, reducing downtime and increasing efficiency and productivity as well as greater hygiene as dirt cannot accumulate.
The machine’s continuous film motion concept allows products to be packed without pausing, slowing or stopping the product, ensuring gentler handling, faster production speeds (up to 120 ppm) and improved efficiency.
A number of new enhancements have been incorporated into the Vegatronic 4000’s design including a new, more robust front safety guard, new rear and side safety guards providing easier access to the machine’s printer area and a redesigned, more hygienic cabinet design for easier cleaning.

The Vegatronic 4000 is being shown producing Shark-style Doy packs continuously,  designed for confectionery, mini-cookies and other snack products. The machine is capable of producing this pack at speeds in excess of 80 ppm.

Another machine from Ilapak’s vertical range is the Vegatronic 1000, an extremely versatile mid range machine entry-level machine suitable for products including confectionery, snacks, fresh produce and cheese, which is being shown with a new resealable feature using a new type of film.
Completing Ilapak’s display is the Smart flowrapper, a versatile and easy-to-use machine designed for first-time users of automatic packaging machines. Capable of high speeds of up to 100 packs per minute, Smart is ideal for food and non-food products, from bakery products, fresh produce and confectionery to toiletries and medical equipment.

The PC controlled Smart has a colour touch screen operator interface so is exceptionally easy to operate, making product changeovers quick to carry out.  It also offers no-product-no-bag, misplaced product detection and automatic size change facilities. Smart is around 30% cheaper than flowrappers of a similar specification, thanks to Ilapak’s commitment to achieving economies of scale and production efficiencies through its global manufacturing platform.

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