The German company demonstrated the upgraded SmartPacker CX250-S vertical bagging machine, which is available in versions able to produce different bag styles, including stand-up pouches. Also at the show was the 600-a-minute Aquarius TwistWrapper for lollipops.
“We are now offering better-quality bags, with improved sealing and fewer wrinkles,” said GEA product manager Martijn van de Mortel.
Customers no longer wanted the hassle of using different suppliers for each part of the line and GEA was able to supply the major process and packaging equipment all the way through to bagging, he explained.
“We are also seeing more confectionery and snacks customers moving to data collection, monitoring ingredient and film usage – and fine-tuning this to minimise waste.”
Increasingly, trials were being carried out with recyclable mono-material films or paper, with or without barrier, he added.