Somic’s 424 T2 (D) multi-purpose, retail-ready case packer system is one example used by worldwide brands that is producing impressive results and extraordinary savings. It forms and loads soft or flexible products into a tight, condensed package, triggering a cost savings of 27 cents per carton for a corrugated customer. Somic’s booth will feature samples created by this machine, in addition to videos and a demonstration area.
“Manufacturers are turning to more sophisticated systems to eliminate excessive and redundant costs inside their operations. The advances in end-of-line packaging machinery, combined with improved corrugated printing technologies, makes Somic retail-ready equipment an attractive and viable solution,” says Peter Fox, Vice President of Sales.
“We give customers the ability to produce retail-ready packages with perfect repeatability. Our systems address the retailer’s concern to reduce labor costs for restocking and maintaining shelf stock. The 424 T2 (D) assembles these packages by tightly collating, grouping and packaging products in open display trays, or trays with covers and wraparound cases.”
Fox said Somic’s high performance systems also are very fast. Utilizing decentralized servo drives, the 424 T2 (D) can collate 600 products per minute depending on the size of the items, and will carton up to 35 cases in the same amount of time. It can be fitted with individual format tools for a wide range of product dimensions, and Fox indicated there are other benefits.
“Space-saving features for our manufacturing customers result in a positive, bottom line impact,” he said. “With the compact footprint of Somic modular systems, the handling of the product and space requirements is significantly smaller. The forming cassette reduces the amount of space for separate case or tray erecting prior to product loading, compared to a pick-and-place system. By linking the functional groups throughout the packaging process, it delivers better line efficiencies and greater uptime.”
Fox said samples from The Hershey Company, General Mills, Brookside and others will be on display at PACK Expo. To demonstrate the versatility of the 424 T2 (D) and additional Somic systems, samples will include coffee, cereal, flour, jam, noodles and others. A video demonstration will be shown and explained by Somic personnel.
“We have worked with multiple industries and some customers developed their own patented package that Somic has assembled on a customized machine,” summed up Fox. “Customers experience a direct cost savings when they switch to our systems. I’m looking forward to explaining to PACK Expo attendees how we can do the same and be successful for their company.”