GEA SmartPacker CX

Vertical form-, fill- and seal solutions from GEA have been setting standards for operational reliability since 1953. They are reliable, durable and consistently deliver uptime in excess of >98%. Due to the uninterrupted film transport during sealing and trimming, the continuous motion GEA SmartPackers (CX) are faster than the intermittent models.

Reliability, durable and consistently delivery uptime

GEA SmartPacker CX250

Working principle

The products enter the GEA SmartPacker from above through the forming tube. The shoulder of the forming tube shapes the flat film into a round or rectangular film tube and rollers guide the film to the forming area. A vertical sealing bar seals the edges of the film tube together and a vacuum transport belt pulls the film through the forming area. Cross sealing jaws then create top and bottom seals in the tube to form a bag.

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  • >98% technical availability
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Extended warranty (standard)
  • Free 24/7 help desk

Performance

Maximum speed up to 160 bags per minutes (depending on product, film and dosing equipment).

  • Up to 160 bags/min

Output quality

Overall, the GEA SmartPacker's continuous film transport system ensures optimal tracking for high-speed operation. Even delicate film materials are transported with ease.

  • Higher efficiency and less waste compared with conventional machines
  • Consistent high quality of produced packages
  • Reliable and smooth film transport
  • Even delicate film materials are transported with ease

Flexibility

The GEA SmartPacker CX is a compact and flexible vertical packaging machine that offers an extensive choice of packaging options for producing bags directly from the film reel. With a range of materials and format variations, ranging from standard flat pillow bags to more complex quatro seal or doy-style bags, you are sure to find a packaging solution that suits your product. 

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  • Bags styles include pillow, gusseted, block bottom, quatro, doy-style, envelope and zipper
  • Typically less than 2 minutes to change a film reel
  • Typically less than 5 minutes to change a bag format (pillow)
 

Reliability

Reliable film transport is standard. To ensure fast, trouble-free film transport and jaw movement, a sinusoidal speed curve is applied and monitored by the control system.

  • Accurate and consistent bag length
  • Smooth film transport
  • Delicate film materials are easily transported
  • Controlled jaw movement minimizes mechanical strain on the cross sealing system
  • Ensures a longer life for the sealing elements

Return on investment

The GEA SmartPacker CX offers an excellent price / performance ratio.

  • GEA can predict your running costs (cost of ownership information available)
  • Reliable and user friendly
  • Easy to operate and clean
  • Advanced technical design keeps maintenance costs to a minimum
  • Low maintenance costs

Hygiene

The GEA SmartPacker has a hygienic (stainless steel) design.

  • Smooth, sloped surfaces
  • Easy cleaning
  • Easily exchangeable parts

Safety

The GEA SmartPacker has a CE marking. GEA Food Solutions declares that the GEA SmartPacker conforms with the essential requirements of the applicable CE directives.

  • CE mark

Controls

At the heart of each GEA SmartPacker is the GEA control system. Once the operator has set essential criteria such as bag length, sealing time, speed and temperature, the machine automatically configures itself for optimal performance.

  • Exceptionally easy to use
  • Electronic jaw movement control
  • GEA control system provides maximum versatility with fewer moving parts
  • Requires very little maintenance.

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GEA SmartPacker CX250 LowDrop

The GEA SmartPacker CX offers an excellent price / performance ratio.

Performance

Maximum speed (bags/min)*, up to 250. *Depending on product, film and dosing equipment

  • Up to 250 bags per minute

Output Quality

Overall, the SmartPacker's continuous film transport system ensures optimal tracking for high-speed operation. Even more delicate film materials can be transported with ease.

  • Deliver twice the output of a similar sized vertical packaging in the same floor space
  • The distance from weigher to jaws is significantly reduced
  • Fewer unattractive damaged products in the bag
  • Delicate film materials can be transported with ease

Flexibility 

The drop of the GEA SmartPacker CX250 LowDrop has been reduced, so that even with a high-speed 18-head weigher, the total machine layout is relatively low.

  • Maximum bag length of 450 mm
  • Can produce bags from 50 to 250 mm wide
  • Possible to fill larger 2500 gram bags

Reliability

Reliable film transport - standard. To ensure fast, trouble-free film transport and jaw movement, a sinusoidal speed curve is applied and monitored by the control system.

  • Accurate and consistent bag length
  • Smooth film transport
  • Delicate film materials are easily transported
  • The controlled jaw movement minimizes mechanical strain on the cross sealing system
  • Ensures a longer life for the sealing elements
 

Return on investment

The GEA SmartPacker CX offers an excellent price / performance ratio.

• GEA Food Solutions can predict your running costs per year
• Reliable and user-friendly
• The machine is easy to operate and clean
• Advanced technical design keeps  maintenance costs to a minimum

Hygiene

The GEA SmartPacker has a hygienic (stainless steel) design.

• Smooth slopes
• Easy cleaning
• Easily exchangeable parts

Safety

GEA SmartPacker has a CE marking. GEA Food Solutions declares that the GEA SmartPacker conforms with the essential requirements of the applicable CE directives.

• CE mark

Controls

At the heart of each GEA SmartPacker is the GEA control system. Once the operator has set essential criteria such as bag length, sealing time, speed and temperature, the machine automatically configures itself for optimal performance.

• Exceptionally easy to use
• Electronic jaw movement control
• GEA control system provides maximum versatility from a minimum number of moving parts
• Requiring very little maintenance

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GEA SmartPacker CX400

SmartPacker's continuous film transport system ensures optimal tracking for high-speed operation

Performance

Maximum speed (bags/min)*, up to 120. *Depending on product, film and dosing equipment

• Up to 120 bags/min 

Output quality

Overall, the SmartPacker's continuous film transport system ensures optimal tracking for high-speed operation. Even more delicate film materials can be transported with ease.

• Higher efficiency and less waste compared with conventional machines
• Consistent high quality of produced packages
• Reliable and smooth film transport
• Delicate film materials can be transported with ease

Flexibility

The GEA SmartPacker CX is a compact and flexible vertical packaging machine that offers an extensive choice of packaging options in film producing bags directly from the reel. With a range of materials and our variation in formats, ranging from standard flat pillow bags to more complex quatro seal or zipper bags, you are sure to find a packaging solution that suits your product.

• Possible bags styles: Pillow, gusseting, block bottom, quatro, doy-style, envelope and zipper bags 
• Typically less than 2 minutes to change a film reel 
• Typically less than 5 minutes to change a bag format (pillow)

Reliability

Reliable film transport - standard. To ensure fast, trouble-free film transport and jaw movement, a sinusoidal speed curve is applied and monitored by the control system.

  • Accurate and consistent bag length
  • Smooth film transport
  • Delicate film materials are easily transported
  • The controlled jaw movement minimizes mechanical strain on the cross sealing system
  • Ensures a longer life for the sealing elements  
 

Return on investment

The GEA SmartPacker CX offers an excellent price / performance ratio.

• GEA Food can predict your running costs
• Advanced technical design keeps maintenance costs to a minimum

Hygiene

The GEA SmartPacker has a hygienic (stainless steel) design

• Smooth slopes
• Easy cleaning
• Easily exchangeable parts  

Safety

GEA SmartPacker has a CE marking. GEA Food Solutions declares that the GEA SmartPacker conforms with the essential requirements of the applicable CE directives.

• CE mark  

Controls

At the heart of each GEA SmartPacker is the GEA control system. Once the operator has set essential criteria such as bag length, sealing time, speed and temperature, the machine automatically configures itself for optimal performance.  

• Exceptionally easy to use
• Machine automatically configures itself for optimal performance
• Electronic jaw movement control
• GEA control system provides maximum versatility from a minimum number of moving parts
• Requiring very little maintenance

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Proven sealing technology with worldwide installed base (over 250 million bags produced)

Mark Harris (Production Director Kanes) explains: “Three years ago we carried out successful trials with GEA ultrasonic equipment fitted to our SmartPacker SX400 machine. This gave us the confidence to pursue ultrasonic sealing for our new facility and to place an order with GEA for a SmartPacker CX400 continuous operation machine for the noodle line as soon as it became available with ultrasonic sealing.”

The key to successful ultrasonic bag sealing

GEA Zero Reject System
GEA Zero Reject System

With more than 250 million film bags ultrasonically sealed on GEA SmartPackers around the world, GEA Food Solutions has demonstrated that it knows how to make this cost-saving sealing technology work reliably on an industrial scale. The key to this success is an innovative technique we developed to ensure the sealing jaws remain parallel as they close on the film, making this Zero Reject Sealing System a front-runner in salad and grated cheese packaging applications.  

With a GEA SmartPacker, you can be confident of seal integrity

More than 250,000,000 bags have been successfully sealed on GEA SmartPackers using ultrasonic sealing, so you can be confident that we know how to make it reliably on an industrial scale. To make certain your products are bagged with consistent seal integrity, we have developed an innovative technique for ensuring the sealing jaws remain parallel as they close on the film. 

Seal integrity is guaranteed! 

Ultrasonic bag sealing on vertical form, fill and seal machines is a welcome innovation for fresh salad and grated cheese packaging applications. It delivers consistent sealing performance even with packaging films as thin as 30 microns. The technology uses extremely fast ‘ultrasonic’ vibrations of one of the sealing jaws (called the sonotrode) to bond the two layers of film together at a molecular level, so that even if moisture, a piece of leaf or a cheese particle remain in the seal area, a perfect seal is still made. With conventional thermal sealing, such obstructions in the seal area may prevent an air-tight seal being made. The resulting reject bag has to be identified and removed, and its contents returned to the product flow. This not only wastes film but it is also labour intensive and costly. 

Ensuring the sonotrode and anvil remain parallel 

The key to success is to ensure that the anvil remain as parallel as possible as they close on the two layers of film. This not only places extreme demands on the engineering tolerances, it also means that external factors such as climatic conditions influence the jaw positioning or movement, and therefore affect its ability to make a seal. Even if the jaws are a few microns out at one end, the seal integrity is at risk. The GEA technology (patent pending) for controlling the anvil alignment eliminates the influence of those external factors. This also means that bags of different widths can be sealed using a single-width anvil jaw. The result is a consistent seal over the full width of the bag. This unique GEA technology has been proven in practice around the world. 

 

Trend-setters in reliability

GEA Zero Reject System Bags
GEA Zero Reject System Bags

Film evaluation and trial runs  

There is another factor that is critical for seal integrity, and this is the film being used. Even films with similar thickness and specifications can vary in composition and therefore sealing performance, so it is essential to optimize the machine set-up for a specific film. GEA offers you the possibility to evaluate the film you use, and determine how to get the best results. We have a fully equipped Technology Center with GEA SmartPackers available to run trials with your film and products.  

Trend-setters in reliability

GEA SmartPackers have long be recognised as trend-setters in terms of machine reliability and uptime, and now with the proven ultrasonic sealing capability, they offer best-in-class performance for applications such as fresh salad, grated cheese and other applications where obstructions or droplets in the seal area are a potential source of reject bags. GEA SmartPackers with the ultrasonic Zero Reject Sealing System are available as intermittent operation (SX) machines for lines applications where the flexibility to produce several different products or bags sizes per shift is needed; and as continuous operation (CX) machines for where high packaging speed is the main concern.  

Technology leadership   

For the ultrasonic components, GEA works closely with Sonotronic, a market leader in ultrasonic welding with 35 years’ experience in a range of industrial applications. We have coupled their expertise with our own experience in designing and manufacturing extremely reliable packaging machines. We also make use of advanced simulation software that shows exactly what happens on the machines as they operate at high speed, thus enabling the technology to refine in the most cost effective way.  

Why choose a GEA SmartPacker with ultrasonic sealing? 

  • Proven sealing technology with worldwide installed base (over 250 million bags produced)
  • Guaranteed air tight seal 
  • Automatic case packing after packing machine
  • Improve production output
  • Different widths can be sealed using a single-width anvil jaw 
  • The facilities to evaluate your film and run application trials in the Technology Center
  • A range of standard-setting intermittent and continuous vertical packaging machines
  • A global sales and customer support operation

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