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Automation solutions

Integrated automation solutions for the highest level of efficiency and process reliability

We are an experienced supplier of automation solutions. With our comprehensive understanding of your products and requirements, we develop solutions for even the most complex of packaging and automation tasks - from a single automation process to a complete factory solution.

This enables us to meet your highest requirements in terms of efficiency and process reliability, and we are also able to guarantee the smallest possible installation footprint thanks to the modular design of our solutions.

 

Complete lines from a single source

The MULTIVAC product portfolio comprises a wide range of packaging technologies, labelling and marking equipment, quality inspection systems and automation solutions. Our product range is completed with equipment upstream of the packaging machine in the areas of slicing, portioning and dough forming. Thanks to our comprehensive expertise in line systems, we are able to integrate all the modules into one end-to-end solution, ensuring optimal efficiency, operating security and process reliability are achieved.

We can also call on a wide range of ancillary components, with which the handling of products and packs throughout the entire packaging process can be automated very cost-effectively. In addition to handling modules, this also includes equipment from belt solutions right up to palletising units for secondary packaging, and these incorporate the following functions.

Functions of the automation components

Product handling

MULTIVAC offers precise and hygienic loading solutions for solid, sliced, or minced products, granulates, powders, as well as for soft, pasty, and liquid products. They are available as part of an automated packaging line or can be integrated into existing equipment.

Transfer

  • Modular belt conveyors
  • Webbing belt conveyors
  • Ring belt conveyors
  • Roller conveyors with chain drive
  • Roller conveyors with drive motor
  • Gravity roller conveyors
  • Drag chains


As straight, curved or inclined conveyors, as an integrated solution or stand-alone version.

 

 

Infeeding, buffering

  • Support plate conveyors
  • Inclined conveyors
  • Gravity roller conveyors
  • Side belt conveyors
  • Multi-link conveyors
  • Centrifugal loaders
  • MULTIVAC Tray Carrier™

 

 

Pre-grouping

  • Vibration conveyors
  • Multi-link conveyors

Inspection

  • Robovision software
  • Area scan cameras
  • Line scanners
  • Barcode scanners

Primary package loading

MULTIVAC offers precise and hygienic loading solutions for solid, sliced, or minced products, granulates, powders, as well as for soft, pasty, and liquid products. They are available as part of an automated packaging line or can be integrated into existing equipment.

Filling

  • Slicers for processed products
  • Slicing systems for fresh meat
  • Slicing systems for bread

Loading

  • Pick-and-place handling
  • Belt conveyors for loading
  • Synchronised loading conveyors
  • Retracting conveyors

Dosing

  • Multihead weighers
  • Dosing units with filling bridge

Monitoring

  • Flow rate monitoring
  • Empty pack monitoring
  • Fill level monitoring
  • Seal seam inspection
  • Position and presence check

Loading of supplements

  • Dispensers for interleaves
  • Instruction book inserts
  • Film pouch supplements

Discharge, transport

MULTIVAC offers a wide range of solutions for discharging packs from packaging machines and for transporting them to downstream processes. The modules for transport, channelizing and orientation of the packs ensure an efficient and continuos product flow. The discharge of reject packs can be integrated into every part of the process.

Our solutions for transporting and discharging packs can be installed as part of an automated packaging line or integrated into existing equipment.

Transporting of packs

  • Vacuum conveyors
  • Transport conveyors
  • 90° cross conveyors
  • Retracting conveyors
  • MULTIVAC conveyor systems (MCS)

 
as belt conveyors or modular chain conveyors

Channelizing

  • Pick-and-place handling
  • MULTIVAC belt systems (MBS)
  • 90° cross conveyors

Orientation

  • Horizontal turning stations
  • Vertical turning stations

Discharge of reject packs

  • Handling modules
  • Ejection units
  • Air blow ejectors
  • Ejection conveyors

Outer packaging

Thanks to their high degree of flexibility in feeding and discharging, outer packaging solutions from MULTIVAC are suitable for virtually every production line. Our flexible top loading and side loading solutions can erect, load and close a wide range of case styles and formats - from small display boxes to large transport boxes. Product infeed can be tailored to different customer requirements: Inline, 90° or double infeed, and the products can lie at the side or on the edge. Also, many different closing options are available, from external closing to integrated taping and hot melt systems. The products can be packed into regular slotted containers (RSC) and shelf ready packs (SRP). MULTIVAC case packing solutions can be installed as a part of an automated packaging line or can be integrated into existing equipment.

Transporting of packs

  • Vacuum conveyors
  • Transport conveyors
  • 90° cross conveyors
  • Retracting conveyors

 

MULTIVAC conveyor systems (MCS) as belt conveyors or modular chain conveyors.

Case erection

  • Case erectors (with taper | with hot melt | for mechanical fastening)
  • Systems for case transport
  • Case magazines

Case handling

  • Transport conveyors (with rollers | with plastic chain | with belts)
  • Case denesters
  • Turning stations
  • Spiral conveyors

Loading

  • Rotating tables
  • Pack stackers
  • Pick-and-place handling
  • Loaders for interleaves

Palletising

Robot-based palletising solutions offer maximum flexibility, reliability and cost efficiency. MULTIVAC‘s wide product range enables the modular equipment to be perfectly adapted to the requirements of the customer as regards different products, capacities, footprint and linked processes. MULTIVAC palletising solutions can operate with the widest range of plastic and cardboard boxes, both as single items and stacks, and also individual and pre-grouped packs, as well as a large range of pallet sizes. The software also enables operators who are not specially trained to produce a wide variety of palletising patterns.

MULTIVAC‘s palletising systems can be installed as part of an automated packaging line or integrated into existing equipment.

Pallet handling

  • Pallet transport conveyors
  • Pallet transfer units
  • Pallet crossing units
  • Pallet dispensers
  • Grippers for empty pallets
  • Pallet rotating tables
  • Pallet positioning devices
  • Handling modules for interleaves
  • Roller conveyors
  • Rotating tables with roller conveyors

Case handling

  • Transport conveyors (with rollers | with plastic chain | with belts)
  • Grouping units for cases

Loading of pallets

  •  4-axis robots
  • Vacuum or mechanical grippers

Labelling of pallets

  • Pallet labellers

Stretch wrapping

  • Stretch wrappers (with applicator for edge protection) | with upper web module)

Transfer to downstream processes

  • Transfer trolleys
  • Automated guided vehicles (AGV)

MULTIVAC Line Control

Control and operation throughout the line for maximum overall equipment effectiveness

 

The use of higher-level line control for the individual modules within the line makes a significant contribution to efficient line operation. This results in a much higher level of availability throughout the whole line, and it also minimises operating errors as well as providing the greatest possible overall equipment effectiveness.

 

 

MULTIVAC Line Control offers a standard solution, which essentially comprises a start/stop function throughout the entire line and central recipe management for very efficient product changes, as well as a complete overview of the line status. This enables faults in the line to be localised and eliminated quickly. Thanks to the provision of all the relevant process data, MULTIVAC Line Control is also the ideal basis for optional digital services such as OEE Analysis. Its modular design means MULTIVAC Line Control can also be upgraded to provide a variety of additional functions, so the individual requirements of our customers can be met.

The central HMI 3 user interface ensures maximum operating security and convenience. All the stages throughout the packaging process are clearly and transparently depicted and can easily be tracked. All important information is available to the user at a glance.

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