Specific installation requirements and peculiar package features determine, on a ’case by case’ basis, the technical operation of the conveyor systems to make sure that each package is transferred in the best way. The technology laboratory at GEA Procomac performs preliminary testing of ’difficult’ containers to determine the most appropriate method of handling.
GEA primary packaging conveyors have been designed to work with any type of containers (PET bottles, HDPE bottles, glass bottles, jars, cans…) with any shape (round, square, with and without handles) customizing layouts and production speed accordingly. The hygienic design is made exclusively from stainless steel.
The wide range of features include: pressureless aligners, multi-lane conveyors, dynamic accumulation tables, dividers for shaped containers from 1 to multiple lanes, tilting conveyors for hot fill bottles, an accumulation table FIFO without pressure from the bottles, and pad elevators/lowerators.
GEA is a specialist in automation systems for high-speed conveying lines for containers. As such it believes in the continuous development of line automation, an information network that transforms a group of machines into a high efficiency plant. The automation systems feature speed modulation using inverters (installed in the remote power board or near-field) to reduce power consumption and noise; dedicated electronics that reduce the overall footprint of the machine and synchronize master and slave machines at high speed; and Profibus, AS-I and Devicenet field networks that connect and manage all machines in the line. Remote field PLC devices are used to optimize installations that have a high concentration of inputs and outputs.