SIG Combibloc presents innovation in medium sized formats: 12,000 packages per hour and change of volume in unmatched short time
Operational excellence for customers is the basic principle which sys-tem provider SIG Combibloc successfully translates into high speed filling machines with unique flexibility. An output of 12,000 packages per hour can now be achieved with the new filling machines CFA 312 and CFA 512 for the medium sized formats - and a unique volume flexibility with the possibility to change volumes in unmatched short time.
As the world's first manufacturer, SIG Combibloc brought a filling machine for asep-tic carton packaging with an output of 10,000 per hour to market in 1997. With the introduction of servo motors, the output of the filling machines has increased by 20 percent up to 12,000 packages per hour on the filling machines for the popular fam-ily sized packages combiblocSlimline and combiblocStandard.
"With our new filling machines it is possible to provide our customers with high pro-duction line efficiencies for mass production and unique flexibility. The CFA 512 fills volumes of 500, 750, 1,000 and 1,100 ml with a steady output of 12,000 packages per hour. The CFA 312 fills volumes of 500, 750 and 1,000ml. This high output ca-pacity combined with the proven volume flexibility that allows for change of volume in unmatched short time makes the system worldwide unique", so states Martin Schmedes, SIG Combibloc's Product Manager combibloc/combifit.
For the current generation of filling machines for medium sized formats - e.g. the CFA 510 as shown in the image - SIG Combibloc offers arrangements for upgrading the machines to increase output capacity at the customers' facilities. Thanks to this upgrade, the output of medium sized formats can be increased to 12,000 packages per hour for the first time - and all this with a unique volume flexibility and the possibility to change volumes in unmatched short time.
The first CFA 312 and CFA 512 filling machines have already been proven to be a success in practice. The renowned food specialist Gerber Foods Soft Drinks Ltd (United Kingdom) already has the new filling machines from SIG Combibloc in ser-vice.
"Setting up a purpose-built operation on a green field site, you want to see a return on your investment as soon as possible", mentions Mick Pedder, Factory Opera-tions Manager at Gerber Foods Soft Drinks. "This calls for a low cost operation driven by best in class equipment in terms of speed, output, and efficiencies. This allied with a multi-skilled and highly motivated workforce guarantees our success. In an ongoing partnership with SIG Combibloc we'll make sure that we can meet mar-ket and customer demands today and in the future".
Gerber Foods Soft Drinks is Great Britain's number one in the juice segment. With the take over of Emig in 2001, Gerber Foods Soft Drinks has expanded on European level and is now also one of the largest suppliers of juice drinks in Europe.
From 2007 onwards the CFA 312 and CFA 512 filling machines will also be avail-able for a wider customer base. For the current generation of both filling machine types, arrangements can be made for upgrading these machines to achieve higher output capacity at the customers' facilities.