Syntegon has started two virtual events at the Swiss site in Beringen from February 25 to March 3, focusing on innovative packaging systems for bar production and on the company’s expertise in safe and reliable cracker handling.

The “Chocolate & Bar Show” starts begins February 25 and 26 and will see Syntegon present a system for primary and secondary packaging of bars. After the bars have been formed, dried and cut, the new Sigpack DCIE discharge station gently arranges them crosswise and distributes the bars onto the packaging leg.

A 3D quality check is performed to remove products with poor quality from the packaging process. In the next step, the innovative FIT product feeder transports the bars reliably and efficiently thanks to intelligent linear motor technology; a solution that has already been implemented 100 times in the market. The bars are cold-sealed and wrapped in paper using the paper-ON-form module in the Sigpack HRM flow-wrapping machine. The primary packaged bars are then put into the correct position via the new PFI infeed and are fed into the integrated Sigpack TTM2 topload cartoner.

The “Cookie & Cracker Show” on March 2 and 3 will showcase a flexible high-speed system for the reliable handling and packaging of crackers.

The solution features gentle handling and hygienic design with a small footprint. Crackers are grouped at speeds of up to 400 slugs per minute. The HCS flow-wrapping machine with fully automated new AHS heat-sealing technology enables extended sealing times and ensures tighter packages for a longer product shelf life. Customers have the option to switch between mono and multilayer films. The system can be switched from short to long slugs within ten minutes, providing maximum flexibility.

Syntegon is also using the virtual event for an “active exchange” with customers. The focus is on current trends and challenges.

Bruno Oberle, Vice President, product group horizontal packaging systems, said:

“These include, for example, technologies such as linear drive, 3D vision inspection and sustainable solutions such as paper or mono-material packaging.

“We want to thoroughly understand our customers and their needs. Last year we began running digital factory acceptance tests, which were very well received. We want to build on this and further intensify global partnerships despite limited travel opportunities.”