EXPERIENCE THE NEW GEBO CERMEX COBOACCESS_PAL LIVE AT PROPAK ASIA 2018
Exhibiting as part of the Sidel Group, along with Sidel, Gebo Cermex will showcase its CoboAccess™_Pal – an industrial safe and easy-to-use cobotic palletising solution, re-cently added to the company’s best-in-class Access® portfolio. Further future-proof equipment on display will be AQFlex® - the intelligent, all-in-one product handling solu-tion with its radically new approach to conveying and accumulation, delivering unprece-dented packaging line performance - and the top-performing WB46, demonstrating that the 360° approach applied by the company to wrap-around mechanization is the right di-rection to go in.
ProPak Asia 2018, the most important and largest trade event for food & beverage, pharmaceutical processing and packaging technology in Asia, will take place for its 26th edition from 13th to 16th of June at Bangkok International Trade Exhibition Centre (BITEC). The food, beverage, home and personal care market in Thailand is continuously growing and therefore productivity of operations and manufacturing standards are rising. Changing consumer habits show a focus on quality - especially in the alcoholic beverage segment more and more premium products are called for - as well as on natural ingredients and effective products with multifunctional benefits. Producers need to secure best performance in several areas across their supply chains like flexibility, reliability, low total costs as well as product and brand quality. At this year’s ProPak Asia, Gebo Cermex is celebrating its 10th anniversary of the company’s presence in the South East Asia Pacific region and its 15th year of presence for its Thai customers.
CoboAccess_Pal: much more than a cobot
With over 5000 palletising/depalletising solutions installed around the world and more than ten years of experience in driving the implementation of collaborative robotics, Gebo Cermex has recently introduced CoboAccess_Pal. Visitors to the Sidel Group stand at ProPak Asia (BW01) will enjoy a first-hand experience of this robust palletiser, that leverages the advantages offered by cobotic solutions in terms of compactness, flexibility, production line efficiency, reliability and – especially – increased welfare for operators. Particularly suited for low-speed applications and underlining the company’s commitment to help producers embrace Industry 4.0 opportunities, the latest addition to the Access family of machines is designed to handle Regular Slotted Container (RSC) and wrap-around blanks. Moreover, CoboAccess_Pal embeds top safety and industrial standards to perfectly match the needs of very demanding production environments. As such, it has received a third-party certification; all of that in addition to the equipment’s full compliance with European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. The Access portfolio on display will be complemented by RoboAccess®, a flexible robotic palletising solution as well as the layer-by-layer palletising platform PalAccess®.
AQFlex – Freeing product innovation thanks to total flexibility
Liquid packaging producers are becoming increasingly demanding when it comes to their line requirements. They cannot afford to compromise on extended performance in terms of production uptime, efficiency and reliability, always paying close attention to minimising Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). AQFlex has been introduced by Gebo Cermex to answer these challenges, as it is an all-in-one product handling technology able to accommodate any product, whatever the application, whatever the market, in all container materials, formats and shapes, full or empty, while also enabling automatic changeovers and ensuring total care of product integrity. AQFlex delivers unprecedented packaging line performance, together with unique agility and smooth contactless product conveying and accumulation, in a very compact space. Up to 40% smaller compared to traditional solutions, the system offers the best accumulation/space ratio on the market. The solution, furthermore, has the ability to operate at any speed, from 1,000 to 100,000 containers per hour, delivering energy savings of up to 60%, without compromising high efficiency (99.5% even at high speeds).
The best-selling WB46 wrap-around case packer
The WB46 offers excellent performance in terms of flexibility, hygiene and ergonomics. This is due mainly to a new automation platform, thermoplastic polyurethane timing belts and quick-release systems for format changeovers. Additionally, thanks to its new on-the-fly robotic product loading station, the overall footprint of the machine is significantly reduced, as the need for a pre-collating system is no longer present. This latest version of the WB46 is featuring the company’s brand-new, user-friendly human machine interface (HMI), which is based on an intuitive, tablet-approach navigation and offers media tools for preventive maintenance procedures. The WB46 - presented via a dedicated station at the Group’s stand at ProPak Asia - is demonstrating that the 360° approach applied by Gebo Cermex to wrap-around mechanization is the right direction to go in. Gentle primary packaging handling, extended secondary packaging knowledge, and large mechanization expertise allow the company to play a leading role in this field.
Guido Ceresole, Zone VP South East Asia Pacific, Gebo Cermex, concludes: “We are very much looking forward to introducing our future-proof technologies and market-tailored innovations to our existing and prospective customers, and help them achieve long-term superior performance throughout the entire lifecycle of their packaging lines. A main focus for us at ProPak this year will be the leading role that Gebo Cermex plays in the implementation of cobots in packaging applications, helping to make previous manual auxiliary tasks fully automatic, while enabling complete interactive human/machine relationships. These developments in collaborative robots minimise mistake rates and, importantly, eliminate the potential for operators’ musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).”
More information on Gebo Cermex’ participation at ProPak Asia is available at: gebocermex.com/propak-asia 2018.
 Euromonitor International January 2018
 Gebo Cermex CoboAccess_Pal is certified by Apave.