Time to Get Smart: The GEA Group SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip System
By Abbey Packaging Equipment
Distributed in Canada by Abbey Equipment Solutions, the new SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip system manufactured by GEA Group AG is a high-performance vertical bagging/pouching machine boasting robust output rates of up to 100 D-Zip bags per minute, along with 98-percent machine uptime and highly accurate operation. Featuring the smallest footprint of any comparable machine in the industry, according to the company, the new vertical bagger offers broad flexibility in bag styles to meet the market demand for stand-up pouches, combining the high quality of packaging made on conventional horizontal machines with all the performance advantages of the SmartPacker system, while also addressing the issue of sustainability in manufacturing by significantly reducing the amount of waste material, maintenance requirements and downtime. The new machine integrates a newly developed corner-seal unit designed to reduce complexity and improve quality, flexibility and serviceability for food processors. The innovative corner seal feature allows user to vary seal width, and it can also be configured for two or four seals.
According to GEA, the machine’s design reduces the amount of plastic required for the zipper by approximately 15 per cent by eliminating the need for zipper material in the cross-seal area, and there is no punching motion required in the making of the zipper closures.