Efficient filling technologies play an important role in modern production - especially when it comes to food or pharmaceutical products. HOLOPACK® has specialized in pioneering contract filling in these areas and is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 :2008 and DIN EN ISO 13485:2012 and relies on b+b Automations- und Steuerungstechnik GmbH for printing and control.
For HOLOPACK, product and packaging labelling according to customer wishes and in accordance with the legal regulations is a current and important issue. For some time now, for example, data matrix coding for the French pharmaceutical market has been carried out according to GS1 standards. In addition, all existing systems are already prepared today for future EU standards and other labelling regulations that vary from country to country. For the direct marking of products, label dispensers with integrated thermal printers are mainly used, for folding box coding inkjet systems with water- and alcohol-based inks are used.
AN APPLICATION EXAMPLE
Bellows bottles are labelled from below with the BBK Rapid SM 120 label dispenser. Before application, the labels pass through the integrated thermal transfer printer V320i from DOMINO. This is where the variable, batch-constant data is marked. After the dispensing process, each label is automatically checked for position, correctness and completeness by OCR camera reading. All data from the labeller, the printer and the camera are displayed and evaluated with the FIAVis software on a separate IPC touch panel. If errors are detected, the product can be ejected or a machine stop triggered. b+b trace, the supplier of the system, was noticed by FachPack during a visit to the trade fair and through the recommendation of DOMINO. The packaging team around Mr. Weidner, Mr. Toth and Mr. Fräder at HOLOPACK evaluated the experiences made with b+b trace as follows after completion of the project:
The cooperation with b+b trace has led us well beyond the expected goal. Besides the constant communication during the project phase up to the SAT, the qualification up to the plant release was also very well supported. We are very positive about the simple operation and convenient control of the delivered system via an integrated HMI with effective software. The system looks tidy and there are no unnecessary buttons that overtax the operator. Nevertheless, several training courses were necessary in the initial phase in order to extend the mechanically influenced knowledge of our operators to the handling of modern systems and modern software. After a short training period, however, the initial effort quickly became routine, so that today we have trouble-free operation and can deliver consistent product quality, especially in terms of quality. Maintenance and care are also unproblematic due to the system design proposed by b+b. If required, we will therefore be happy to work with b+b trace again".
The results can be summarised as follows:
The production speed on the line could be increased from 20 cycles per minute to 60 cycles per minute. In the next step, a further increase to 120 cycles per minute is planned. The manufacturing costs on the line could thus be reduced to a quarter. The deviations due to printing errors or increased rejects could be significantly reduced. Overall, line efficiency has increased and downtime costs have been reduced.