is a manufacturer of high-quality folding boxes and fine cardboard boxes. For customers in the pharmaceutical industry, the company invested in a HSF friction feeder for folding boxes with integrated printing and camera system. This allows folding cartons to be additionally equipped with variable data or country-specific pharma codes.
At FachPack 2015 in Nuremberg, technical solutions were therefore looked for and discussions with b+b trace began. An HSF friction feeder for folding boxes with integrated printing and camera system, integrated into the bb-trace SiteManager software modules, with which the jobs are created in advance on a Windows PC and then simply called up and processed via the bb-trace LineManager on the HSF system.
The work steps
Empty cartons are separated from a storage magazine and fed past the printing station with two parallel webbings. This is where the marking takes place - e.g. with serialization data in the form of bar codes or data matrix codes. Sturm Verpackungen uses a thermal inkjet for printing. The printed data is evaluated by an integrated camera, unreadable folding boxes are automatically ejected by an ejection unit. A shingle delivery belt then takes over the folding cartons and groups them for manual removal. Up to 120 folding boxes can be processed per minute. All HSF processes are operated and monitored by a central IPC touch terminal.
The bb-LineManager enables convenient camera and printer operation. The existing jobs are displayed to the operator for selection. The associated texts and serial numbers are printed, validated, aggregated if necessary and then transmitted back to the b+b SiteServer, which acts as a database and interface to a public database such as Securpharm or EU Hub. With the software module b+b SiteManager the user has access to line, article, order and serialization data. Orders/articles can be edited and assigned to the line. New serial numbers can be created, imported and managed. Used serial numbers can be viewed and analyzed hierarchically.