Horst Schluckwerder OHG, of Adendorf, Germany, which manufactures a range of high quality marzipan and chocolate confectionery, has upgraded its packaging capabilities with the purchase of a LX100FF overwrapper from Marden Edwards.
The machine is providing a high precision wrap to cartons with dimensions between 128x73x84mm and 164x73x84mm, at a rate of 60 cartons/minute. Previously the company was achieving just 35 cartons/minute on one of ME’s entry level range, the B100FF wrapper, supplied 20 years ago.
When Schluckwerder decided it needed to increase its wrapping speed it made contact with ME’s partner in Germany, Kopp Verpackungssysteme.
"We operate at the high end of the confectionery market and our packaging needs to reflect the quality of the products. Our requirement for higher speed did not mean we would compromise on the finish or look of the overwrapped carton," explained Rolf Schluckwerder, owner of the confectionery company.
Kopp was asked to evaluate Schluckwerder’s packaging needs based on the specialised marzipan confectioners’ satisfaction with the performance and reliability of its existing ME machine.
Easy to use, LX series overwrappers are designed to allow customization for different pack sizes according to customer’s individual needs. It can handle different sizes and types of pack styles including an envelope end fold and concealed overlap on the bottom of the carton.
Standard features include a built-in variable speed input, a low level, side load film spindle and rapid change format without tools. Different options are available including the installation of a print registration facility; tear tape applicator and the possibility to use uncoated paper with a cold glue joint.
Ludwig Goller, director of Kopp, outlined other advantages of the LX, "The enhanced electronics help users to track the daily output and keep better control of production. The control system is also easy to manage and understand which means operators find the machine very user friendly."