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January/February, 2007

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative

Accu-pac’s new approach to retro-fit print registration

UK-based Accu-pac has developed a new approach to retro-fit print registration equipment for the tobacco sector — the Accu-pac Evolution modular solution.

Just as manufacturers need to evolve their existing packing and wrapping machinery to include print-registration and additional functionality, so Accu-pac has evolved its systems to make these upgrades easier than ever.

Rather than needing to order each complete system separately with all its associated control systems, you can now utilize the new Print Registration Master Controller (MC) and then choose the machine specific system kit as required.

The Master Controller has been developed to work at optimal levels with all Accu-pac machine level systems such as Pack Wrap, Tear Tape, Parceller, Inner Frame positioning, and Carton Overwrap (which can be used for carton overwrapping or naked wrap collation).

This flexible approach allows the use of pre-printed promotional materials to be used on an “as and where needed” basis to suit marketing demands.

This modular concept provides commonality of print-registration controllers with the benefits of easier training, reporting spares standardization and upgrades. It also simplifies ordering and installation to ensure the most cost-effective and efficient option available.

As Nigel Mawditt, managing director of Accu-pac, explained, “The new Evolution system simplifies the task of adding print registration equipment to almost every type of wrapping and packing machine from GD, Focke and Molins through to Sassib, Scandia and Schmermund.

“Although the print registration controller is common to all Accu-pac systems, each machine-specific kit is a fully tested and pre-engineered development for each specific wrapping or packing machine to ensure full operational efficiency and minimum downtime for installation,” he added.

A further advantage is that machine-specific kits can be held in stock (by Accu-pac or the machine owner) ready to fit and enable the relevant system at short notice to provide greater production flexibility.

The Master Controller is common to all the listed Accu-pac systems and consists of an intelligent servo drive and ‘HMI’ mounted within a free-standing enclosure complete with inbuilt safety circuits and machine-interface components. To allow quick and easy installation, all field equipment is connected to the system via plugs and sockets.

Accu-pac, 1 Springwater Park Crew’s Hole Road, St George, Bristol, England BS5 8AN; Tel: +44 (0) 117 954 1212; Fax: +44 (0) 117 954 1321; E-mail: www.accupac.co.uk.

Norwood/Allen introduces family of carton coders

Norwood Marking Systems/Allen Coding Systems introduces the versatile BDSV family of carton coders. Available with either thermal transfer or hot-foil printing technology, these off-line carton coders feature a vacuum transport system that maximizes equipment flexibility by handling a wide range of cartons, sleeves, blister packs, and leaflets at high production speeds.

Unlike traditional off-line carton coding systems that use belt drives to transport product, the BDSV transports product from the hopper through the printhead with a vacuum drive. The vacuum transport system enables the BDSV to handle complex shapes, odd sizes, and thinner material while achieving excellent registration. Unlike belt-roller systems, which necessitate a “dead area” within the print area, the vacuum drive allows print anywhere within the capability of the print head.

The BDSV handles carton blanks from 3.5 x 3.2 inches (90 x 80 mm) up to 12.4 x 12.4 inches (315 x 315 mm) in size. If equipped with Norwood/Allen’s NX4 thermal transfer printer, the BDSV can achieve a print area as large as 4.20 x 3.54 inches (107 x 90 mm). If equipped with Norwood/Allen’s 60/35S hot stamp printer, the BDSV can produce a print area up to 2.4 x 1.4 inches (60 x 35 mm).

Rapid product changes can be accomplished quickly and easily with the BDSV’s adjustable feeder and position indicators. A product size change can be made in only two minutes with no tools and no change parts required.

Machine parameters such as speed, index length, and batch quantity are easily changed via the keypad.

The high-speed BDSV operates at speeds of up to 295 feet (90 m) per minute, handling up to 160 cartons per minute. The BDSV can print batch and production codes, expiration and sell-by dates, logos, bar codes, and other graphics, depending on the capabilities of the printhead that is integrated.

This compact off-line carton coder sits on castor wheels so it can be easily moved from one area to another. The system comes standard with a batch counter and low foil warning with auto stop.

Norwood Marking Systems, 2538 Wisconsin Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515; Tel.: 1-800 626-3464 or +1 630 968-0646; Fax: +1 630 968-7672; E-mail: marketing@itw-norwood.com; Web site: www.itw-norwood.com.

ITC Filtrona achieves OHSAS 18001 certification

ITC Filtrona (India) has successfully implemented and been certified in the International Standard for Occupational, Health and Safety Management — OHSAS 18001:1999.

The implementation took place over six months and included putting a standard risk assessment model into practice for identifying and assessing all risks affecting health and safety, as well as involving the operating personnel in the risk assessment process. In turn, this helped to link the monitoring and operational control based on the risk levels assessed. For example, a “permit to work” system for high-risk activities has been set up, as well as task observations for critical activity, health monitoring, and workplace monitoring.

Surajit Ghosh, c.e.o. for ITC Filtrona, said of the new standard, “We already had very good standards and had experienced no lost work days in the last six years. OHSAS 18001 gives us a new system of documentation and a structured risk-assessment model through which we are hoping to eradicate the minor incidents that do still occur.”

Another benefit of implementing OHSAS 18001 has been the restructure of health and safety systems in line with internationally recognized best practices, and the subsequent involvement of all personnel through consultation and communications to achieve this.

The integration of the new system with the existing health and safety records is also a distinct advantage and has made the system more measurable and manageable as a result.

Filtrona International Ltd, Shaftesbury Avenue, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, NE32 3UP; Tel.: +44 (0) 0191 4280100; Web site: www.filtrona.com.

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