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Sealed Air form-fill sealers now available in Europe

By George Reynolds , 05-Dec-2006

Two Sealed Air Shanklin Omni form fill sealers have been launched in metric and multi language versions, aimed at the European market.

The machines, which were released in the US last year, have modular plug and play, advanced control and dual product flow configurations, according to the manufacturer.

The move demonstrates Sealed Air's strategy of expanding into Europe.

Sealed Air is targeting the Omni form-fill seal wrappers at the ready-meal market, contract packers, and cosmetic and toiletry producers.

The Omni G, a traditional drive based machine for a broad range of applications operates at 80 cycles per minute. The standard jaw opening is 200mm.

Omni S is a servo driven end-seal machine for higher packaging speeds with additional programmable features including automatic positioning for end-seal and opening, end-seal centreline, side-seal conveyor and product width positioning and side-seal centreline. The Omni S operates at 100 cycles per minute and has a standard jaw opening of 250mm.

Both models are available on both left-to-right (LRS) or right-to-left (RLS) product flow configuration, which enables companies to integrate the systems into existing production lines, the company claims.

The options make it possible for one operator to control two machines or more than one production line, simultaneously, claims the manufacturer.

The infeeds are interchangeable across the range avoiding users having to invest in the same module twice. All machines are now supplied metric and CE marked for Europe. Available in a left or right-hand version at the time of ordering, the infeed units are offered in a variable range of styles including single-belt, flighted and dual-belt making the machines suitable for almost any application. Additional infeed formats can be added at a later date.

Each model is offered with a range of plug-and-play infeed modules, which can be changed to accommodate different products in a matter of minutes.

The servo motion-control technology instantly recognises when a new in-feeder has been attached. The new multi language display screen allows new operators to set-up the machine with the minimum of product knowledge, the company claims.

Operators use a touch screen to enter the height, width and length measurements, after which the machine calculates the spacing and type of packaging film required. Additional user information can also be stored in the 100-programme memory, including the location in the stores of suitable film and products.

Problems can also be traced via the interactive screen, which has a fault-finding facility which displays a log of packaging errors on the screen.

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