Somic-Flexx III is a new concept that combines the ability to pack primary packages in a flat, nested position or a standing display orientation. This modular machine is an intriguing solution to retail packaging challenges.
The machine is also designed to utilise both single or multi-component packaging: one-piece corrugated blanks for standard wraparound shipping cases and a two-piece tray and hood for retail ready presentations. It does so by offering the utmost in adaptability and impressive speed, along with the latest generation of industrial automation from Rockwell Automation and UL-certified components. Somic America will debut the machine at Pack Expo from 14- 17 October 2018, McCormick Place in Chicago.
Peter Fox, Senior Vice President of Sales for Somic America said, ’Our new machine provides CPG’s with the flexibility to meet a variety of retailers’ packaging demands. Stand-up pouches, flow packs, rigid containers and other items can be collated, grouped and packed in a wide variety of formats. This includes open or wraparound trays, to paperboard cartons and trays with covers.’
‘Somic has a passion for performance and this machine reflects the thousands of hours that were invested in designing and developing this system,’ continued Fox. ‘The tray packer is employed for upright display arrangements, followed by the application of a cover. By replacing the lamella chain (vertical collator) with a control conveyor for horizontal and nested groups, it allows the products to pass through the vertical tray packer. The insertion packer then inserts six items into the pre-formed cartons that were formed in the pass-through tray packer. The final station on the machine glues and closes the wraparound case, or applies the hood or cover to the display tray.’