IWK 12.04.24

IWK Packaging Systems has introduced its CH 4 modular, horizontal cartoning machine to meet increased demand for the packaging of pre-filled syringes, vials, and other delicate containers in the pharmaceutical industry.

The company, which manufactures cartoning and tube filling equipment for the pharmaceutical and health and beauty sectors, says the machine platform can be offered in either intermittent motion or continuous motion, and has the flexibility to handle carton opening from either direction.

Powered by advanced servo motors, the IWK CH 4 Cartoner can apparently produce up to 120 cartons per minute, with 10-minute format changeovers and easy cleaning. To save on operation expenses, the cartoner applies the energy gained through recuperation directly back into the production of the cartons, resulting in a reported in an overall energy consumption reduction of 21%.

The IWK CH 4 Platform can form and fill cartons from 50-230mm in length, 15-160mm in width, and 15-100mm in height. The company adds that, depending on box size and insert parameters, the machine can produce up to 120 completed cartons per minute. 

“The new IWK CH 4 is a reflection of IWK’s 75-year history in the cartoning machinery industry – the longest legacy of any major company,” said Dana Austin, IWK’s general manager, North America. “That unparalleled experience allows us to deliver innovation while adapting quickly to evolving industry needs.” 

In related news, ÉLITER Packaging Machinery has unveiled Gran Sonata, an end-load, hygienic stainless-steel cartoning machine utilizing servo technologies for large-size cartoning and medium-size case packing with the aim of improving reliability and flexibility. In a bid to reduce downtime between production shifts, customers can switch between various products and formats with recipe-based changeover. 

More recently, Applied Motion Products launched a new line of servo motors designed for high-throughput precision motion tasks from 100W to 3kW, offering rated torque of 11Nm and speeds of 6000 rpm. Customers can choose between low, medium, and high-inertia options that reportedly optimize performance by enabling motion profile matching. 

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