The magic of linear servo motors comes to pouch filling

Packaging World | By Pat Reynolds

With customers clamoring for pouch-filling equipment that makes it possible to move efficiently from one size pouch to another, this OEM found its solution in a new breed of servo motors

Cloud Packaging Solutions is a leading manufacturer of high-speed horizontal pouching, thermoforming, and filter-pack machinery. As is the case at plenty of other OEMs, management has been listening to calls from the marketplace for automatic size changeover. So, as Vice President Sales Mike Werner puts it, “We dove into the technologies that would provide us with that capability.” (For more on multifunctional equipment and quick changeover, see what machine builders and buyers have to say about how vitally important it is in PMMI’s Vision 2025 at pwgo.to/4013.)

And that’s how CloudTRAC, which made its debut at PACK EXPO International last October, came into being. Fully automatic, servo-driven, chain-free, and auto-configurable, Cloud describes it as a revolution in Stand-Up Resealable Pouch machine technology suitable for products ranging from pet treats to confectionery products.

Its key enabler is the iTrak linear servo technology from Rockwell Automation, an approach to motion control that dispenses with traditional mechanics and motor control to enable the independent control of multiple independent movers on straight and curved paths. Unlike machines relying on conventional motion control architecture, which require manual adjustments, change parts, and operators wielding tools to remove one set of tooling before putting another set in, this machine can go from one bag size to another at the press of a button on the control panel. Bags can be anywhere from 4 to 12 in. wide and 6 to 15 in. tall.

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Pack Expo 2015 – IT’S A WRAP !!

Cloud to Premier two new Roberts IMP Machines at Pack Expo 2015

Des Plaines, IL, USA, August 1, 2015 — Cloud announced today that they would be debuting two Roberts horizontal machines at Pack Expo 2015 in Las Vegas (Booth C-5033). Targeted at the fastest growing segment in horizontal pouching machines, each machine brings new and competitive features, along with the famous Cloud quality.

Cloud will be showcasing the IMP-1500. Recently updated, new innovations debuting this year an in feed conveyor that can handle up to 1,000 bags, and a newly redesigned clamp system. The IMP-1500 utilizes the famous Traveling Funnels, a Roberts innovation which others have tried to copy. The IMP-1500 is highly flexible and designed to be a dependable workhorse, providing high speeds and low maintenance needs.

Cloud will be also be debuting the IMP-1500 SPF. This is new SPF (Single Point Fill) machine is designed for smaller, faster filling pouches and for customers that need a fast, high quality solution on a limited budget. Far from a “little brother”, the SPF is built on the same chassis as the other 1500 machines and with the same level of dependability and low maintenance needs.

See both of these new machines go through their paces at the Cloud Pack Expo booth (C-5033).

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

 

Cloud Rides the Building Wave in Water Soluble Packaging

Plastic News, February 4, 2015 – Plastic News Senior Staff Reporter Jim Johnson recently interviewed Mike Werner, vice president of sales and marketing for Cloud Packaging Equipment LLC discussing the growth Cloud Packaging Equipment has experienced in recent years.  Cloud produces Hydroforma, a continuous motion rotary-style form-fill-seal machine that is the fastest in the world.

Cloud produces what is known as a continuous motion rotary-style form-fill-seal machine, marketed under the Hydroforma brand, that the company claims to be the fastest in the world. Think of a drum continuously spinning to create all those dish and laundry detergent packets commonly found on today’s store shelves.

Cloud doesn’t make those packets; it makes the machines that make those packets. And they’ve been quite busy doing just that, Werner said.

“Outside of the P&G pouches, every other pouch you see out there, probably 95 percent of them are made on a Cloud,” Werner said. “Over the last three or four years, I can’t build machines fast enough.”

To help meet demand, Cloud has doubled its employee ranks to 60 and space to about 30,000 square feet at its Des Plaines facility. Sales, too, have just about doubled in recent years.

Visit Plastics News to read the entire article and learn how Cloud is “riding the building wave in water soluble packaging.”