Shemesh Automation has launched the TKS-G60 gummy bottling line.
The company combines a sequence of technologies that feed, load, fill, cap, and label bottles of all common sizes, as well as case pack and palletize them.
Shemesh provides an entire uninterrupted bottling line for gummies and jellies where all the core machinery is made by just one manufacturer, said Yonatan Levy, Shemesh Automation’s vice president, global sales & business development.
“It’s hugely beneficial for customers to be able to partner with a single manufacturer capable of meeting all their needs for gummy packaging from product feed to palletizing," he says. "It saves them both time and money as they only have to deal with one supplier and one team of engineers who know their systems inside out. And of course our electrical, mechanical and control systems are all completely seamlessly integrated under one platform to maximize productivity and minimize downtime."
The Shemesh line is headed up by an unscrambler that can be either mechanical, where bottle choice is limited, or robotic where multiple shapes and unlimited types of bottle are involved. This feeds into a continuous rotary multi-head weigher filling system which dispenses a predetermined fill weight of product to the continuous motion rotary base, transferring product into the customer’s rigid container, bottle or jar through a transfer funnel.
The bottles are fed through a timing screw into an infeed-starwheel, which in turn feeds the main turret. Once in the main turret, the combination scale filler is timed with the rotary platform to ensure accurate weight transfer. The product then travels onto a vibration section within the turret to allow for the transfer and settling of the entire dose into a narrow container/bottle opening.
Bottles are sealed using induction sealing. which reduces oxygen and moisture thus improving shelf life. The labeler can handle most common types of bottles that a co-packer may need.
In addition, there are QC points along the entirety of the line to ensure accuracy and quality all the way through. All the parts are tool-less for faster changeover, and manufactured from high grade, robust stainless steel. Furthermore, the stippled surface of the line in certain critical areas reduces the level of direct product contact and the chance of it sticking. Depending on requirements, the existing technology can achieve from 30 to 150 unit output per minute, depending on exact line models.