Newtec launched its High-Speed Container Filler (HSCF) in response to client requests for a solution capable of achieving higher capacity across a variety of products and packaging materials.

The company says that HSCF can be easily adjusted to pack a diverse range of products, from harder items such as nuts and candies to softer and more fragile foods such as cherry tomatoes and blueberries. The solution is apparently capable of filling containers in various dimensions with or without lids.

Newtec has designed a tool for each container type and, while they cover complex functions, each tool is reportedly easy to change from running, for example, clamshell trays to buckets. This is made possible through the use of three units: the denester, the filling chute, and the closing unit, all of which are exchangeable.

The system is operated by an intuitive interface, and apparently facilitates easy access for cleaning and servicing if users are changing production many times a day.

According to Mathias Theil Pedersen, a mechanical engineer who worked on the solution’s development: “It’s highly flexible and it offers high-capacity and high-speed. The high flexibility comes from the concept of having a basic machine where you add a set of unique tools depending on your preferred container types.

“This means that you don’t need to buy a completely new machine if you get a new packaging material. That’s a big advantage.”

“Speed was quite a big thing for this machine,” adds Pedersen. With other machines, we are doing about 70 or 80 packs a minute. We can do up to 100 packs a minute with this one.

“Customers will experience a higher speed, they will notice a lot more production than normal.”

The project to develop the HSCF started three years ago following requests for increased speed from clients, with the machine built around a year later.

“We always develop new machines based on request and interest from customers,” Pedersen says. “Of course, they have an interest in getting the machines as quickly as possible when they get in touch with us. Often, our customers are taking a big automation step forward and can’t wait to start optimising their production.

“So there’s a bit of pressure when we are in the innovation phase aiming for the best quality on the market and working hard to exceed the expectations of our customers. For me, it is so rewarding to visit the customer after the installation for the final fine-tuning and see how their vision has been realised.”

Despite reportedly being able to operate at higher speeds, Newtec reports that the HSCF’s energy consumption isn’t any higher than current machines on the market.

Mr Pedersen concludes by saying that feedback has been highly positive, resulting in new orders to process.