SN Innovative solutions: Product example – Screen wash
The task: A Scandinavian producer seeks to fill three liters of screen wash. The packaging shall be user-friendly (light weight, easy handling, little waste) and inexpensive to produce. In addition, the easily inflammable content must be packed securely and well presentable in store.
The solution: A pre-made pouch with corner spout and carrying handle is flled and sealed on our horizontal rotary pouch fller FS 830 with servo-driven pump. The laminate has to withstand both the heavy weight and the ethanol-containing product.
For this project the FS 830 was equipped with a few new technical developments. The main focuses were:
- safe production
- high production rate
- little foam generation
In order to meet these requirements SN developed the following solutions:
- special pouch opening
- ideal size of the filling heads
- removing foam remains by suction air
After entering the horizontal rotary pouch filler the pouch is pulled and held open completely by means of suction cups on the upper and lower part of the pouch and two inserting, synchronized swivels.
In order to meet the requirements of this special product and output rate the filling process is divided between two machine stations. A servo-driven filling head is inserted rapidly into the pouch, lifted up slowly during the filling process (1,5 liters) and finally, when the pouch is filled to its half, removed again quickly. This process is repeated at the next station where the pouch receives the second 1,5 liters in the same way.
The advantage of this technical development: the foam building of the product is reduced to a minimum.
Finally, the little remaining foam and air are sucked off (optimizing the pouch volume). The fawless seal is created by a thermic double-seal during which the filled pouch is supported mechanically. At the final of the eight stations of this rotary table the head-seal is cooled and the pouch transferred to the outlet conveyor belt.
In order to meet the requirements of a product containing ethanol, the machine was built in accordance to ATEX guidelines and is TÜV certified. Prerequisites for this certifcation were, for example, the stainless steel execution (wet cleaning) with circumferential gutter as well as an ethanol-exhaust and gas detectors which are placed above and below the machine table.
The FS 830 is suitable for pouch sizes up to 300 x 420 mm. Thanks to tool-free format change-overs, product change times below 15 minutes can be realized. The setting of the formats is furthermore simplifed by mounted scales. Via integrated recipe control all format-depending parameters can be saved and recalled through the SN Smart-Touch operator panel.
For more information on high-efficiency pouch packing, call us on 01473 893990 or by email to [email protected]