Press Release

Coperion and Coperion K-Tron at PackExpo 2015

Latest developments in bulk materials handling technology

Pitman, NJ, USA (August 2015) – At this year’s PackExpo, September 28-30, 2015, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, West Hall, Booth S-7470, Coperion and Coperion K-Tron present their latest technological developments that are advancing packaging and bulk materials handling to the next level. Representing their comprehensive portfolio in bulk materials handling systems, feeding solutions, packaging systems and service for the plastics, food, pharmaceutical and chemicals industry the equipment on display will include an Integrated Bagging & Palletizing Machine IBP250/500, a Sanitary Filter Receiver, a ZRD Hygienic Rotary Valve, a Smart Weight Belt Feeder, and a Twin Screw Loss-in-Weight Feeder.

Integrated Bagging & Palletizing Machine IBP250/500

Ideal for free flowing granular products, the FFS Packaging Machine IBP 500 with automated features provides accurate weighing, ideal dosing and hygienic packaging for crystalline, granular, beaded or flaked goods. Ideal for free flowing granular products, this investment-friendly machine saves production space as well as planning and installation costs. It’s user-friendly with easy-to-use operator menus and comprehensive documentation. It accepts multiple bag styles, which will be on display in the booth. Its modular design allows an easy upgrade of machine performance to be made without replacing the complete system. Check weigher, metal detector, bag marking system and automatic cleaning can optionally be integrated into the system. As an added benefit, advanced control functions permit complete integration of the packaging line into a variety of processes, including pneumatic conveying, feeding or extrusion, which can also be provided by Coperion and Coperion K-Tron.

Sanitary Filter Receiver

For quick clean-out and elimination of cross contaminants The Sanitary Filter Receiver provides optimal material-from-air-separation in the most stringent food applications requiring quick clean-out and elimination of cross contaminants. The unique top material entry design on the receiver reduces velocity concerns. Material entering the SFR is filtered by cleanable, spunbond substrate polyester with an ePTFE membrane which is FDA approved. The filters are cleaned and easily changed via a tool-less, removable blow-back

ZRD Hygienic Rotary Valve

USDA approved, easy to clean Coperion’s ZRD sanitary rotary valves have been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) following certification in compliance with the USDA Dairy Grading Branch. Already designed in accordance with the engineering and design guidelines of the EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group), these sanitary rotary valves also meet the current, strict requirements governing application in the USA. The valves can be used in the food, pharmaceuticals and chemical industries for applications demanding even the highest degree of hygiene and cleanliness. In addition, they are distinguished by their extreme reliability in operation. As these rotary valves can be readily inspected and also cleaned quickly and thoroughly, they are ideal for applications involving frequent changeovers from one product to another and/or for the processing of products with adhesive tendencies. Parameters such as particle size, cohesion and adhesion influence the flow properties of bulk materials and therefore the correct design and layout of bulk material handling components. The ZRD Hygienic Rotary Valve offers an extra-large inlet for high throughputs and is suitable for pneumatic conveying up at up to 1.5 bar (g)/21 psi.

The sanitary versions of the ZRD rotary valves are used in pneumatic conveying systems and for the discharge of powdered and granular materials. The certified versions of the ZRD series of rotary valves are equipped with the innovative and service-proven FXS (Full Access System), which enables easy withdrawal of the rotor, as both side covers can be swung out through an angle of more than 90°, making the interior of the rotary valve fully accessible. The withdrawn rotor can then be readily detached from the side cover.

Smart Weight Belt Feeder

For high-precision continuous and batch feeding Coperion K-Tron’s new Smart Weigh Belt (SWB) feeder offers continuous online auto tare by using two Smart Force Transducer III digital weigh modules. Automatic and continuous online taring of the belt reduces costly maintenance, line shutdowns and laborious manual calibration and improves long term accuracy. The SWB feeder can be supplied in two different belt widths: 300 mm and 600 mm. The mass and volume flow rate is strongly dependent on the bulk density, the maximum allowable height of the bulk solid on the belt and the belt speed. By utilizing different control software, the Smart Weigh Belt can be used to feed material into a batch system. The Smart Weigh Belt uses digital load cells instead of analogue load cells.

Twin Screw Loss-in-Weight Feeder

Gravimetric feeding of free flowing to very poorly flowing powders (e.g. lumpy, moist or bridge building materials) as well as fibers, flakes, especially in pharma applications. The weigh bridge is a sanitary version and therefore suitable where quick and easy cleaning is essential. The modular twin-shaft feeder is mounted on a weigh bridge. A great variety of feeder screws allow for the accommodation of various bulk materials. All parts in contact with the material being fed are stainless steel. The modular components are held together by V-clamps. The horizontal agitator gently moves bulk material to the large throat and then into the discharge screws. It is removable without tools. The horizontal agitator speed totals 14% of the screw speed.