For small batch processing the Ideal-Pak® ME Series of Semi-Automatic Net Weight Filling Machines feature the flexibility and versatility demanded for fast return on investment. For small companies funding projects on a cash flow basis ROI needs to be measured in weeks and the ME fits the bill. But when high product mix and different operators are also part of the production process, versatility has a new meaning. Some features associated with fully automatic filling systems, like the AE Series from Ideal-Pak® can improve efficiency for small batch, high mix demand. The solution, the SE Series Semi-Automatic line.
The SE1-CEM demonstrates the simplicity and flexibility of the ME Series but incorporates a full PLC control package with touchscreen HMI similar to fully automatic filling machines. With the ability to store hundreds of product and container recipes, change-over is fast and precise even when multiple operators are in the process mix. No need to enter multiple variables into the weight controller, simply select the recipe from the library of stored files, load, and go. The multi-level, password protected interface limits the user access based on position, responsibility or skill level, and the simple push button production control allows entry-level personnel to run a batch without needing to access the HMI. For a leading sub-contract packaging service, a single Set-Up and Maintenance Tech supports multiple lines with lesser skilled operators handling the production.
The 180 degree conveyor configuration enables a single operator to handle the production task from loading to palletizing. For them, conveyor length was sized to hold a common 475 liter batch as packaged in 19L pails. Larger batch sizes? No problem as the work triangle is small enough that unloading can be done on a 1 for 1 basis while a pail is filling.
To facilitate multiple product change-overs every shift across 2 shifts of operation, multiple product delivery carts are used. Swapping one cart for another is finished in minutes and carts are cleaned off-line. Each cart is compatible with multiple fillers allowing a single fleet to be leveraged across all production lines.
For container size changes, the nozzles used are the CN-3420V suitable for filling 4 liter and 19 liter containers. To facilitate fast conversion to smaller nozzles, Tri-clamp connections enable nozzle conversion to be easily accomplished within a couple minutes. The closing station has a hand crank to adjust for different container heights and container guide rails through the conveyor have fixed stops for rapid, repeatable adjustment.
The Ideal-Pak® SE Series is the perfect solution for small batch, high mix product packaging processes. Simple, durable, flexible, and versatile, backed by a dedicated Field Service Technical Staff and highly experienced Design Engineers. To investigate what Ideal-Pak® can do to improve your liquid filling process give us a call (800) 383-1128, send an email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our Website and fill out the Request Form.Automatic Closing Machines, Liquid Filling, Liquid Filling Machine, ME Line, SE Line