Cama is taking part in Empack 2016 Fair in the Netherlands
Cama is taking part in Empack 2016 Fair in the Netherlands (Utrecht, April 12-14). On WK PACK stand nr F119-F125, Cama is exhibiting its IF316, a compact machine, which includes a compact forming unit, a loading system with delta robot (RB590) and a robotic closing system. “The machine is set up for the secondary packaging of flow-packed snacks bars, but it can be adapted to pack other kinds of products and can be easily integrated in a packaging line just before the palletising station”, Riccardo Panepinto, Director of Operations at Cama, says.
The machine has been built by Cama according to its new cabinet-free designing concept: actually, the IF316 belongs to the Cama Break-Through Generation series, which stands out for the reduced footprint obtained by integrating the electrical and pneumatic components control cabinets into the machine pedestals angles.
Such compactness helps to minimize cabling and makes it easier to place the utility devices right where they are needed, with further benefits in terms of accessibility for maintenance tasks. As Mr Panepinto states: “These new machines have a so-called ‘no hollow-body’ structure, that means that there are no closed or hard to be reached cavities on them, as their frames have open or opening parts”.
The forming station on the IF316 is characterized by the reduced height of the carton blank magazine, which is about 750mm high, whilst the standard height is more than 1200mm.
The carton blank is picked up and positioned in the forming station by a cinematic system, which uses a single motor, whereas standard systems usually have two of them. Once the box is formed, it is placed on a positive conveyor belt, which is synchronized with the products loading and the box closing phases.
A delta robot (RB590), with a suction head tool, picks the products from the multiple pockets conveyor and places them into a single box. Once the loading phase is completed, the box is moved to the closing station, where a two interpolated axis robot (MN530) translates and closes it (pressing the glue).
Compactness and reduced changeover time, both on the former and the robots, where parameters can be reset in a few minutes, are the main features the IF316 has.
Its reduced footprint doesn’t compromise its performance, as it can package up to 600 products per minute. Last but not least, there is no need of large areas to install more than one machine, as they can be placed next to one another even in reduced spaces.