Marking the fourth year in a row, Syntegon has won the German Packaging Prize from the German Packaging institute. Syntegon’s IDH handling system won in the ‘Packaging machines’ category. It also highlighted the picker technology which enables producers to reduce the space required from the infeed belt to the packaging machine.
The German Packaging Institute has been awarding the German Packaging Award since 1963. The competition is one of the most important European showcase of achievements in the packaging industry and is held annually. An independent jury evaluates the best innovations and solutions in a total of 10 categories.
”Our Intelligent Direct Handling System, or IDH, ensures both high pack style flexibility and particularly gentle handling – the latter of which also minimizes product loss,” explained Daniel Bossel, Product Manager at Syntegon. ”This award shows that we are continuously contributing to innovate and sustainable packaging technology. The prize also underlines Syntegon’s decades of robotics expertise for the food industry.”
The picker technology is based on linear motor technology and is at the heart of the IDH. Each of the pickers can be controlled individually by a motor. Its slow and smooth movements minimise mechanical stress, which means delicate products such as cookies and crackers are gently transported from the process belt into a feeder or directly into trays.
The new pick and place technology is also key to the IDH’s high flexibility – depending on production volume, producers can integrate up to 40 pickers which can achieve up to 1250 products per minute. The system groups and loads cookies in four different formats; slug and pile packages in trays or flow wrappers. Its high pack style flexibility makes the IDH an efficient and versatile solution for the high speed sector.
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