These days, the logistics industry is home to a huge variety of sometimes highly automated packaging technologies. One example is flow-wrapping, a process in which products are sealed inside a thin film at high speed. With up to 600 parts packaged per minute, flow-wrapping is an exceptionally dynamic application and presents a number of challenges when it comes to handling workpieces. This is precisely why vacuum specialist Schmalz has developed the new SPOB1f range of oval tubular bag suction cups specifically for the flow-wrap process. This innovative new solution is on show for the first time at CeMAT 2016 in Hannover.
The new SPOB1f bag suction pad is deployed directly after the flow-wrapping stage as a safe and reliable means of packing the products into cartons. Each suction cup is equipped with a thin, flexible sealing lip to ensure that film-packaged products are handled with special care – even when surfaces are damp or frosty. Currently the only oval-shaped bag suction cup on the market for tubular bag packaging, the SPOB1f delivers an extremely high holding force that is between 30 and 50 percent stronger than that of two round suction cups. What’s more, thanks to the FDA-compliant silicon material, the suction cup can also be used in direct contact with food products. As a result, it is ideal for use on small, medium-size or narrow products in the consumer goods sector, such as ice creams, candy bars and cereal bars.
J. Schmalz GmbH (72293 Glatten, Germany), Hall 13, Stand C46