Syntegon presents innovative packaging solutions

Bars and crackers go virtual at online event from 25 February to 3 March

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Syntegon cracker system
The cracker system by Syntegon features particularly gentle handling and hygienic design with a small footprint.

Two virtual events at Syntegon’s Swiss site in Beringen from 25 February to 3 March will facilitate customer exchange during the ongoing pandemic. Working in close cooperation with customers is a top priority for Syntegon Technology. The events focus on innovative packaging systems for bar production and Syntegon’s expertise in safe and reliable cracker handling.

“We not only want to show our customers our future-proof solutions; we also would like to foster a dialog,” explains Bruno Oberle, vice president of product group horizontal packaging systems. The online event concept includes live machine demonstrations and expert discussions on trending topics in the food industry, including sustainability, flexibility, and hygienic design. “Small and exclusive event sessions offer customers the opportunity to ask questions, address their needs and challenges, and discuss them with our experts.”

Live from the shop floor to the (home) desk

The exclusive ‘Chocolate & Bar Show’ starts on February 25 and 26, where Syntegon presents a system for primary and secondary packaging of bars. After the bars have been formed, dried, and cut, the new Sigpack DCIE discharge station gently arranges them crosswise and distributes the bars onto the packaging leg.

A 3D quality check is performed to remove products with low quality from the packaging process. The innovative FIT product feeder transports the bars reliably and efficiently thanks to intelligent linear motor technology in the next step. This solution has already been successfully implemented 100 times in the market. The bars are cold-sealed and wrapped in a paper using the paper-ON-form module in the Sigpack HRM flow-wrapping machine. The primary packaged bars are then put into the correct position via the new PFI infeed and are fed into the integrated Sigpack TTM2 topload cartoner.

Reliable packaging of cookies and crackers

The “Cookie & Cracker Show” on March 2 and 3 will present a flexible high-speed system for the reliable handling and packaging of crackers. The solution features particularly gentle handling and a hygienic design with a small footprint.

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The crackers are reliably processed and packaged. The solution features particularly gentle handling and hygienic design

Thanks to the flexible configuration, different shapes can also be optimally processed on the line. Crackers are grouped at speeds of up to 400 slugs per minute.

The HCS flow-wrapping machine with fully automated new AHS heat-sealing technology enables extended sealing times and ensures tighter packages for a longer product shelf life. Customers have the option to switch between mono and multilayer films. Moreover, the system can be changed from short to long slugs within ten minutes, providing maximum flexibility.

Virtual exchange on trending topics

Syntegon also uses the virtual event for an active exchange with customers.The focus is on current trends and challenges.

Syntegon crackers machine
The system for primary and secondary packaging of bars features amongst others the new Sigpack DCIE discharge station and the innovative FIT product feeder.

“These include, for example, technologies such as linear drive, 3D vision inspection, and sustainable solutions such as paper or mono-material packaging,” says Oberle. “We want to understand our customers and their needs thoroughly. Last year we began running digital factory acceptance tests, which were very well received. We want to build on this and further intensify global partnerships despite limited travel opportunities.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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