- May 12, 2011
May 12, 2011 - Standard-Knapp introduces the Versatron case packer with Soft Catch technology, designed for high-speed packing of fragile containers. The Versatron is ideal for challenging packaging applications with reduced and/or lightweight materials in a variety of industries including spirits and wine, food, household chemical, personal care, and automotive. With gentler handling, less material can be used to make the whole bottle. To that end, "Soft Catch" allows users to reduce the shock energy by 80 percent over a conventional drop packer. Taking 80 percent of the shock energy away enables the use of thinner gauge bottles as well as thinner glass. Unlike many traditional case packers which simply drop containers into their respective packaging, the Versatron case packer gently “catches” each container to ensure that each package is filled without damage. This unique “soft catch” feature allows for maximum productivity and a reduction in machine downtime while dramatically reducing breakage. A two-axis servo system allows the Versatron to actually "catch" the product as it descends into the case. The lift table moves the case to the "up" position and waits for a full grid. When the grid is full, the riding strips shift to the side and initiate the bottle descent. The lift table simultaneously moves the case downward on a velocity curve that ultimately achieves the same speed at the point of contact in a similar way one would catch an egg during an egg toss, by cradling it gently and securely. Standard-Knapp offers 24 hour customer service assistance as well as extensive machine training programs for the Versatron Case Packer.