Global supplier of filling and packaging systems KHS is launching its Innoket Neo Flex modular labelling machine. The company said the new machine has quick-change modules, making it a flexible system that can be used for all standard labelling techniques.

The new Innoket Neo Flex supersedes the previous Innoket SE generation of machines.

Henrik Kahrmann, who works in product support at KHS, said, “In the past there was a separate machine for each different labeling technique. This was optimised for its specific area of application but reached its limits when customers wanted to expand their portfolio, for example by adding self-adhesive labeling in combination with the classic cold glue method.”

Depending on the machine size and respective requirements the Flex series can be equipped with two to four modules. These are exchanged with just a few manual adjustments performed without tools.

The Innoket Neo Flex also has flexibility in the choice and size of container, according to KHS. The machine labels both plastic and glass containers and cans in all standard sizes. The output totals up to 74,000 containers per hour. Depending on requirements all further standard capacity ranges can also be catered for.

The flexible Innoket Neo Flex can be used as either a single machine or as part of a production line. “Our labellers have been designed so that they can be easily integrated into any existing or planned line,” Kahrmann said.

KHS said another advantage of the new modular machine is its extreme ease of operation. With its patented folding door technology the machine carousel and individual stations are readily accessible at all times. Moreover, no additional cladding is required for the area beneath the machine table. In addition, operators profit from bearings lubricated for life that make the labeller extremely low maintenance and reduce the amount of lubricant needed. The new, ergonomic HMI provides great ease of operation. This can be moved by the operator to the required position very simply.

The Innoket Neo Flex is equipped with TIA1 technology from Siemens. “The combination of TIA Portal and SIMATIC S7-1500 controller results in significant performance benefits in the control unit’s reaction time,” Kahrmann said.

The labeling machine also has a simplified electronics concept, in which most of the components are installed in the control cabinet. The perfect combination of central and decentralised control calls for less cabling.

KHS is a member of the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA).

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