The modular Somic-Flexx III from Somic America enables converters to pack primary packages in a flat, nested position or a standing display orientation.
Launched in 2018, the machine is designed to run one-piece corrugated blanks for standard wraparound shipping cases and two-piece tray and hood for retail-ready presentations.
Senior vice president of sales, Peter Fox, said that the machine utilises the latest in technology from Rockwell Automation, which enables it to offer flexibility and high speed in the collation, grouping and packing of stand-up pouches, flow packs, rigid containers and other items.
“Our new machine provides CPGs with the flexibility to meet a variety of retailers’ packaging demands,” added Fox. “It took two years to develop.”
Essentially, the Somic-Flex III is a tray packer with a cover applicator that has been separated at the centre and expanded to include an insertion packer. Each of the three user-friendly modules operates as one machine. The advantage is that the machine has the capability to run almost any pack arrangement, and in any type of shipping or display vehicle.
“By replacing the lamella chain – a 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,” explained Fox.
Fox added that Somic’s new 13,000 sq ft corporate headquarters in the Minneapolis area is expected to play a major role in supporting all new machines in the North American market.