New entry-level Carrera I-500 wrapping machine: the queen of the category
The Carrera I-500 pushes the limits of entry-level performance, delivering efficiency, seal integrity, build quality and functionality unmatched in this class of machines.
GRANCIA, Switzerland (PRWEB)
September 11, 2021
IMA ILAPAK has leveraged 50 years of market leadership and synergies within the new IMA FLX hub to bring entry-level flow packaging performance into uncharted territory.
The Carrera I-500 is a formidable new flow wrapper that is 100% faster than its predecessor, while offering a new rugged and ergonomic architecture, balcony style design and extended film capacity and product size range. . Multiple automatic feeding options, standard full stainless steel construction and Industry 4.0 capabilities combine to make a sophisticated system that leads the category in performance, flexibility, modularity, hygiene and connectivity. The “I” in the name alludes to the machine’s “made in Italy” credentials, giving users a guarantee of the build quality they can expect from this Italian-designed wrapper.
The Carrera I-500 is the successor to the Smart machine, which has been IMA ILAPAK’s trusted entry-level in-flow packaging platform for 15 years, with an installed base of over 2,000 machines worldwide. .
Explaining the company’s decision to develop a next-generation entry-level flow wrapper, Christian Ballabio, Director of Technical Support for HFFS Sales at IMA ILAPAK, said:
“The entry-level flow wrapping market is currently very buoyant, but the majority of machines are based on older core technology, offer minimal automation and connectivity capabilities and are not suitable for ‘wet’ environments. . There is a dearth of options for businesses that want more than just a basic budget flow wrapper. “
He continues, “This is where the I-500 comes in. It pushes the limits of entry-level performance, delivering efficiency, seal integrity, build quality and functionality unmatched in this class of machines. We’re not looking to challenge players on a budget in the category, we’re looking to create a new “next level” that goes beyond what’s already on offer, reaching new audiences. “
IMA ILAPAK has combined the architecture of its market leader Delta & Carrera HFFS Platform with the shared know-how & expertise available within the IMA FLX hub to present a leading entry-level flow wrapper that can operate at linear speeds of over 40 m / min – twice as fast as its predecessor. The electronic digital platform, planetary gearboxes, servo motors and slip ring technology that are common to the entire IMA ILAPAK HFFS range are essential to the efficiency and superior performance of this machine.
While efficiency gains often come at the expense of seal quality, on the I-500, the cross seal unit design ensures superior sealing performance. Rugged shafts and surrounding bearings allow for greater and more consistent seal jaw pressure, and the use of micrometric adjustment and new seal profiles allow for tool-less, repeatable seal head adjustment for different material structures & thicknesses. The longitudinal sealing system is equipped as standard with three independent modules instead of two, allowing precise control of the individual sealing parameters, as well as independent pneumatically adjustable pressure control. This contributes to a better seal quality and allows the sealing of complex materials at higher speeds.
In addition to emphasizing the “made in Italy” build quality of the machine, the “I” in I-500 stands for “intelligent”. Exceptionally for a machine of this category, the I-500 is equipped with all the features of Industry 4.0, including remote connectivity, OEE reports and the ability to connect to local networks or Scada systems. The machine also has a new advanced HMI, now available on all IMA ILAPAK horizontal machines. This intuitive, icon-based HMI provides enhanced operator user experience (UX) with easier navigation, expanded content, additional batch / batch management, and the ability to view all statistics and analysis .
Taking advantage of the synergies of the FLX hub and the expertise of group companies, IMA ILAPAK has integrated into the I-500 greater flexibility in packaging size than what is generally available on an entry-level machine. . The I-500 increases the range of film sizes and products that can be processed by 25% compared to the Smart model. This expands the application range of the machine into new areas as it enables larger pillow packs to be produced.
“Entry-level machines are typically deployed like workhorses – they’re supposed to run different products and package sizes. The ability to handle large as well as small packages makes the I-500 very attractive to a producer looking for a machine that can work with a range of package sizes, ”explains Christian.
In addition to dry foods such as baked goods, bars, cookies, snacks, and non-food items, the I-500 can also tackle tough fresh and frozen applications that have traditionally been the preserve of consumers. higher level and more expensive machines, due to the hygiene requirements they imply. Fresh food, ready meals, cheese, meat and other proteins can be packed on the I-500, thanks to its all-stainless steel construction and specific hygienic design features & option. In the new design, for example, the position of the film reel has been raised to allow full visibility and accessibility to the entire film and product path. In addition, the machine’s cantilever frame, coupled with a hygienic design philosophy, ensures quick and easy cleaning and inspection without the need to remove parts.
Another advantage over more basic systems is the number of automated power options available with the I-500. With the Smart, 95% of applications were manually fed, however, several automatic feed configurations, along with accessories such as encoders and labelers, make the I-500 a lasting investment for businesses of all sizes.
“The I-500 is suitable for both ambitious start-ups and large companies looking for a flexible add-on to meet seasonal demand or to test a new product,” notes Christian.
IMA ILAPAK engineers are also leveraging the capabilities of the IMA group and the FLX hub to design a reverse version. This will offer all of the same features and characteristics as the standard I-500, with a film width of 930mm and jaws of 450mm wide, to accommodate larger items. The inverted design of this wrapper means film is fed from the bottom spool, making it particularly suitable for heavy, soft, or difficult to handle products.