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.