Committed to sustainable and eco-friendly equipment
True expertise should never be kept secret. It is an invaluable asset that we willingly share with our colleagues and customers. We are experts who want to build on our know-how and to design packaging lines and equipment that respond to environmental and sustainable development concerns.
In order to help our customers to make improvements and move towards greater sustainability, we have targeted two priorities: the overall efficiency of our customers’ packaging lines, and that of the individual machines which make up their lines.
To attain these goals:
- We first collect our customers’ data on their packaging processes.
- Next, our expertise in engineering packaging lines allows us to take the lines and equipment forward towards improved sustainability.
- Finally, the progress we have made enables us to design new eco-friendly machines.
Data collection, or how to measure performances
We can only improve what we can measure.
So before attempting to correct anything, the first step is to gauge the efficiency of our customers’ packaging lines.
The objective of our Eco Audits is to improve the way equipment operates and provide a precise view of energy and utilities consumption, machine by machine and function by function. We then propose improvement measures, such as better equipment coupling, or improved work organization.
Our EIT™ (Efficiency Improvement Tool) ensures precise, continuous collection of data on the performance and metrics of each line machine. With the EIT™ system we measure and highlight energy peaks and leaks throughout the production line. The ‘ECO EIT™’ module then indicates the energy costs per unit produced and establishes the correlation between the various consumptions and the equipment’s statuses, the production phase, and the plant organization.
In order to make improvements and move towards greater sustainability
Once the quantification phase is complete, we put this knowledge into action and our expertise in engineering packaging lines combined with the new data results in substantial savings and hence greater sustainability.
Reducing raw materials consumption (Water / Electricity/ Energy): the example of Swing Pasteurizers
The objective is to reduce water, steam and electricity consumption in every phase of use of our equipment, including standby periods. This is the case of pasteurizers, for example. They incorporate SWING®, a system that cuts steam and water consumption by 25%, and our ‘PRINCE’ control software, that further reduces these consumptions. A new version, ‘PRINCE Plus’, offers even more precise control over product outfeed temperatures, thus saving more water and bringing further energy savings.
Work on the VersaFilm® overwrapping machine
For shrink wrappers like VersaFilm®, the heat tunnel is the most demanding source of energy. Our engineering team have redesigned our shrink tunnel so it not only brings greater flexibility to the set-up, but also adds several features to significantly reduce energy consumption. For optimised alternative sources of energy such as gas, we now propose an EcoTunnel kit to regulate the process according to line efficiency, offering savings of up to 40% on the annual utilities consumption of our customers.
Renewed control axis on the upgrade for the WB 46 case packer
The upgraded version of the WB46 packer is an all-purpose wraparound unit used in a broad range of industries. It has a new automation platform with electronic synchronization in order to reduce electric power consumption by 30% compared to the previous machine version. The energy generated by motors during braking phases can either be returned and consumed by the other motors or fed back to the power grid.
Eco-design, or environmental data taken on board from the outset
The objective of eco-design is to take environmental factors into account in the process and the product as early as the design of our equipment.
In this respect we focus particularly on 6 factors related to product life-cycle: raw materials, manufacturing, crating, shipping, usage and end of life.
An example: the use of composite materials for the gripping heads of a case packer
The use of composite materials with a honeycomb structure for some parts requires less material for manufacture. These parts are more resistant, lighter for shipping, and offer reduced assembly time, noise levels, and electric consumption. A case in point is the multifunction vertical case packer FlexiCase®, which offers substantial weight savings thanks to new material mixes used for the gripping heads. Their gripping heads are made of carbon and aluminium, in a honeycomb structure, making them 30% lighter on average. Inertia during loading trajectories is reduced thanks to the lighter combined weight of the head and products, contributing to the equipment’s longevity.
Another example: conveyors without lubrication
Significant progress made by suppliers of conveyor belts and chains by introducing new materials has allowed Gebo Cermex to switch from stainless steel chains to plastic belts and chains along the entire line, achieving better friction coefficient between chain and container. The environmental benefit of this new type of conveyor lies in its ability to save water and its treatment cost. Potential water savings should be around 10 litres of water per 100 litres of beverage produced.