Gea’s new SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip

Vertical packaging machine for diverse bag types

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The updated Gea SmartPacker CX400 packaging machine offers significant technological advantages for food industry producers. Photo-Gea

Gea will launch its new vertical SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip for pre-packaged food products for retail and foodservice in November. According to Gea, it combines fast, high-quality operation with maximum flexibility and uptime. Apart from producing premium quality D-ZIP bags, this easy-to-use machine can produce more than ten different bag styles for a wide variety of applications such as candy, nuts, frozen fruits, and grated cheese. The new machine integrates a newly developed corner seal unit designed to reduce complexity and improve quality, flexibility, and serviceability, thereby meeting today’s processors’ demands.

Meeting market needs

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The new Gea SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip packaging machine combines the popular high-quality pouches made on conventional horizontal machines with the advantages of a SmartPacker. Photo-Gea

While the Gea SmartPacker has been on the market for more than sixty years, Gea said the new CX400 D-Zip brings vertical packaging right up to date to meet the needs of both processors and consumers today. Users can expect premium performance with an output of up to 100 D-Zip bags in a minute; enjoy 98% uptime and highly accurate operation from a machine that carries the smallest footprint of any other comparable machine in the industry.

In developing the SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip, Gea engineers listened carefully to customers considering key industry trends. For example, more flexibility in bag-styles is required, as seen in the increasing demand for stand-up pouches; a need to reduce maintenance costs and downtime; combining the high-quality of the pouches made on conventional horizontal machines with the advantages of a SmartPacker; as well as the need for increased sustainability in manufacturing.

According to Gea, the SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip is easy to use, creates all existing bag styles, has a changeover time of under 45 minutes – without special tools – and features front discharge. The D-Zip bag leaves nothing to be desired with smooth and sharp cross seals, an elegant and slim design, wrinkle-free seals with high density, and air or gas-tight sealing.

Newly developed, flexible corner seal unit

The SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip features Gea’s new corner seal unit, which claims to simplify set-up and improves overall quality. The corner seal unit introduces flexibility into the SmartPacker, as it can vary in seal width and, depending on needs, can be configured for two or four seals. Like the Gea SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip, it has a compact design and does not require specialist tooling when changing formats. Gea engineers have also included better accessibility to areas where heavy wear can be expected, including sealing and folding, to reduce maintenance time.

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The new Gea SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip produces all popular bag types at high capacity, including zippered stand-up pouches. Photo-Gea

Smart design reduces the amount of plastic required

The Gea SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip design reduces the amount of plastic required for the zipper by approximately 15% by eliminating the zipper-material in the cross seal. Additional plastic waste is avoided given no punching is required in making the zipper, it said.

“The SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip is future-ready,” says Martijn van de Mortel, product manager Vertical Packaging at Gea. “Whether the need is for high quality, more capacity, greater flexibility, a small footprint, low maintenance or a combination of all of these, the SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip answers the call. It’s capable of producing all common bag types on a single machine without compromising any expectations.”

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