Pack Expo Preview 5: CHE Cup Filler //

CHE Volumetric Cup Filler

Features:

Maple Systems full color touch screen

Custom height stand

Foot switch for semi-automatic filling

Volume range: 75 cu in – 700 cu in

Extra cups for multiple fill sizes

Talking Points:

Customized drop tube designed for customer’s application

Cost effective alternative to Servo drive model

Ideal for filling large quantities of particulate products such as rice and beans

Available Options:

Operator pendant
“Popcorn” style straight walled hopper
3.5 cu ft hopper
Adjustable height stand
Extended cable lengths
NEMA 4X stainless steel electrical enclosure
And many more!

 

Pack Expo Preview 4: Servo Conversion Kit //

3600 Servo Auger Conversion Kit

Features:

Allen Bradley PLC with Maple Systems full color touch screen

Servo drive technology

Uses existing auger drive head, hopper, mounting and tooling

 

Talking Points:

Reusing filler mechanicals allows for cost effective upgrade to existing machinery

Direct drive servo technology improves accuracy, repeatability of fills

Fewer wear parts reduces maintenance costs and filler downtime

Conversions available for All-Fill, AMS, Image, Mateer, Bartelt, and more!

Available Options:

Allen Bradley HMI
Belted drive configuration
Vegavib hopper level control
Extended cable lengths
NEMA 4X stainless steel electrical enclosure
And many more!

 

 

 

Pack Expo Preview 3: Quad Auger Filler //

2850 Quad Auger Filler

Features:

Allen Bradley PLC with PanelView touch screen

Custom slide-out stand

Servo drive technology

Gear driven multi-axis agitator system

Vegavib hopper level control

Quick disconnect hopper clamps

Tool-free tooling changeover with sliding key

 

Talking Points:

Designed to fill multiple cups with the same product at once

Slide-out mounting allows for accessible cleaning and tooling changeover, while keeping the filler mounted to the cup handling system

Custom stand can be designed to mount to most multi-lane cup handling conveyors

Brand new gear-driven agitator system in place of the common chain-driven systems

 

Available Options
Roll-Away stand configurations
Hopper sight glass
Extended cable lengths

NEMA 4X stainless steel electrical enclosure
And many more!

 

 

 

 

 

Pack Expo Preview 2: CBS Cup Filler //

CBS Servo Volumetric Cup Filler

Features:

Allen Bradley PLC with Maple Systems full color touch screen

Servo drive technology

Custom height stand on casters

Foot switch for semi-automatic filling

Nitrile rubber hopper leveling

Hopper cover

Volume range:  0.5 cu in – 130 cu in

Extra cups and inserts for multiple fill sizes

 
Talking Points:

Customized drop tube designed for customer’s application

Ideal products:
-Popcorn
-Rice
-Beans
-Cereals
-Candies

  Available Options
 Allen Bradley HMI
 Adjustable height stand
 Extended cable lengths

 NEMA 4X stainless steel electrical enclosure
 And many more!

Pack Expo 2011 Preview 1 //

3600 Auger Filler with Split Hopper

Features:

Allen Bradley PLC with Maple Systems full color touch screen

Servo drive technology

Stainless steel split hopper with safety interlock

Adjustable height base on casters

Vegavib hopper level control with tri-clamp mounting

Tool-free tooling changeover with sliding key

 
Talking Points:

Ideal for VFFS applications that frequently change products and/or fill sizes

Interlocked hopper helps ensure operator safety during cleaning and changeover

Demonstrate the difference between changeovers with standard hopper vs. split hopper

Adjustable height base allows auger to be used with various container sizes

Available Options:

Belted Drive
Quick disconnect hopper clamps
Horizontal infeed screw
Allen Bradley HMI
Extended cable lengths
NEMA 4X stainless steel electrical enclosure
And many more!

 

 

Spee-Dee wraps up a successful Pack Expo 2010 //

We here at Spee-Dee want to say a special “Thank you!” to everyone who helped make this year’s Pack Expo show one of our best shows ever.  We especially want to thank all of the visitors who came by our booth and all of our packaging partners who mentioned Spee-Dee to their visitors. Your recommendation means the world to us.

For those reading this blog that weren’t able to make it to the show, or didn’t get the opportunity to stop by our booth, here’s what you missed:

The Fillers
Spee-Dee had several machines on display. The main attractions this year were our model 3600 Auger Filler equipped with our innovative split hopper and horizontal infeed screw (pictured to the right), and our Advanced Volumetric System with in-line checkweigher (below).

The Tech Talks
Spee-Dee and our CAMA partners (Dorner Conveyor, Morisson   Container Handling, and FoxIV) sponsored “Tech Talks”, an informative series of mini seminars led by industry experts, covering various aspects of the packaging industry. The sessions were held right in the CAMA booth (you can see the presentation area in the photo to the left). The tech talks consisted of an approximately 10 minute presentation by the speaker followed by a Q&A session.

Spee-Dee’s very own Mark Navin discussed dry filling success and used his extensive knowledge of auger filling  to give audience members advice on increasing accuracy.

Spee-Dee also invited Dennis Glick from the USDA to discuss sanitary design requirements for auger fillers. Dennis Glick is a Facility and Equipment Review Specialist for the USDA.

 

The Hospitality
The CAMA group also sponsored a hospitality area in the center of the CAMA booth and enjoyed refreshments at the end of each day at the show. It was a great time to relax and talk with our visitors and packaging partners at the end of a long show day.

The Rest of the Show
With over 2,000 exhibitors, Pack Expo is the largest packaging trade show in the world. Spee-Dee was honored to have our Volumetric Cup Fillers displayed in four other exhibitors’ booths. The model CBS cup filler was interfaced with equipment in the HayssenSandiacre, Packaging Technologies & Inspection, Seal Strip, and Zip-Pak booths.

Spee-Dee Wins 2010 Leadership in Packaging Award //

Packaging World magazine launched an industry-based program, 2010 Leadership in Packaging Award, back in January of this year to recognize excellent business leaders in the packaging machinery and material and service suppliers industry. Among the 6,000 votes that were tallied in the online competition between January and September, 2010, participants, which included both end users and industry peers, had the opportunity to vote for their favorite manufacturer in 20 different categories. Of all the votes that were casted, we are proud to announce Spee-Dee as the 2010 category leader for Filling for Dry Products, Capping and Induction Sealing.

Make sure to look for us in the December 2010 issue of Packaging World!

Spee-Dee will host two educational talks at Pack Expo 2010. //

SANITARY DESIGN CRITERIA FOR AUGER FILLERS – Dennis Glick, Facility and Equipment Review Specialist for the USDA, has years of experience working with companies to see that their equipment meets the requirements of USDA and 3A. He will share his experience with you.

SECRETS TO DRY FILLING SUCCESS – Mark Navin will bring his knowledge of working with auger fillers and share many secrets to accurate filling that could help you and your operation.

The CAMA Group (Chicago Area Manufactures Association) is sponsoring “Tech Talks”, an informative series of short seminars which will be given each day at Pack Expo. Each talk is a short ten minutes on various technical aspects of packaging. They will be followed with Q and A opportunities. Talks are in Booth 3854.



Visiting Pack Expo? Come see Spee-Dee at booth 3945 in the North hall to see Spee-Dee innovations in motion!

We will be displaying the Sanitary Auger, Net Weight System, Advanced Volumetric System, and more!

You can also see Spee-Dee fillers in the following booths:
Packaging Technologies and Inspection – Booth 1349
Sealstrip Corporation – Booth 1455
Zip-Pak – Booth 1902 

See you there!

Spee-Dee Case Study No. 7: Pharmaceutical Net Weighing //

  • Company: Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical Company
  • Objective: Replace the existing filling line with an integrated system to permit net weighing of all containers and the gathering and storage of data on all filling activity for the review of the client’s Quality Control Department.
  • Situation: The system in place used four lanes, each with a clutch/brake filler. Offline sample check weighing was conducted on a periodic basis. If an incorrect weight was found, the entire lot had to be rejected, resulting in excessive and costly product giveaway. Total system output of all four lanes was 240 vials/minute.
  • Solution: Spee-Dee® installed a two lane system where vials were driven through a three stage process using a servo driven timing screw. First, the containers stopped on a load cell, used to tare the vial. Then they were filled by the auger and placed on a second load cell to be weighed. The tare weight was deducted from the gross weight, yielding a true net weight for each vial. The net weight was electronically transmitted to the auger for adjustment. This information was also fed over DH+ to the client’s centralized data collection system. Line speeds for each lane were 120/minute for a total of 240/minute for the entire system.
  • Bottom line: The same output speed was reached using two augers instead of four, however the real savings was realized from the reduction in bad weights and the ability to accept or reject each individual vial. This reduced profit eroding rejected product levels by more than 10%.

Spee-Dee Case Study No. 6: Improve Product Fill Speeds //

  • Company: Fortune 500 Food Processor
  • Objective: Improve existing fill speeds while reducing costly line downtime.
  • Situation: The client was using a vertical form/fill/seal machine with a combination scale to fill bags with a crumb product. Speeds of a respectable 40/minute were common, however the greatest problem was messy product build-up on the scale, which caused inaccurate fills and resulted in substantial downtime for cleaning. Line maintenance costs were also excessive.
  • Solution: Spee-Dee® installed a new Servo 3500 Digitronic® Direct Drive Auger Filler in place of the scales. In order to be compatible with other equipment in the plant, an Allen-Bradley PLC and PanelView were used for the control system.
  • Bottom line: The auger system installed by Spee-Dee enabled the material to be completely enclosed from processing until it entered the bag, addressing product build-up issues. Average line speeds improved to 70/minute, with downtime reduced to near 0%.