Company: Triangle Package Machinery
Equipment Snapshot: Does your cartoning line struggle with changeover precision, wasting time and product as each setting is dialed in? Triangle Package Machinery Company’s new Changeover Wizard, available on the Flex I Cartoner – Gen 3, converts the art of the changeover into science.
The Changeover Wizard provides automatic, repeatable changeovers with the push of a button. Benefits incude ease of use, improved efficiencies, reduced product waste, and less time required for downtime and training. The Changeover Wizard is an ideal solution for cereal, powders, baking mix, and grain applications, as well as contract packagers and other companies running multiple carton sizes.
For the past two years, Triangle Package Machinery has collaborated with customers to deliver intelligent support to cartoning operators in their increasingly complex work. The Changeover Wizard is the result of this collaboration. By providing simple instructions with visual prompts, the Changeover Wizard allows an operator to change carton sizes in only five minutes, versus 20 minutes on previous versions of Triangle’s Flex 1 Cartoner and literally hours for other cartoners in the industry.
The Changeover Wizard evaluates all machine adjustment settings stored within the carton recipe. If operator intervention is required to shift or change a part, the wizard alerts the operator with photos identifying the part, as well as text instructions. Operators need only push a button to launch a stored recipe for single package cartons, rather than dealing with complicated tools and manual adjustments. When switching from a single package carton to a dual-package carton, the Changeover Wizard shows the operator which parts they’ll need and how to quickly adjust to the new carton size. Because the product is designed to reduce the time required to produce acceptable cartons, it also provides higher OEE and reduces product and material waste.
The innovation will be demonstrated on Triangle’s Flex 1 Cartoner – Gen 3 in Booth S-2014 at Pack Expo International Chicago, October 14-17, 2018. In addition to quick changeover, the Flex 1 provides several benefits over traditional horizontal cartoners, including:
- Efficiencies of 98 percent or better;
- Gentle product handling;
- Simple operation;
- Extended production runs with an optional extended carton magazine that holds up to 1000 carton blanks;
- Compact footprint of 10’ x 8’8”’;
- Elimination of the barrel-loader assembly for reduced complexity, lower maintenance, and reduced product breakage;
- Servo drives for precise motion control – eliminates the need to synchronize bagger and cartoner;
- Rockwell Automation / Allen Bradley ControlLogix, AB Kinetics Servo Drives, and AB PowerFlex AC Drives.