Cremer introduces line of compact counting & packaging equipment
Cremer, a leading supplier of product counting machines in the US for a wide array of applications, has introduced its HQ Series, a line of compact counting and packaging machines designed for unmixed, single type or single flavour products. The servo-driven three-model portfolio provides fast, reliable and cost-efficient counting solutions for primary or secondary packaging of candy, confectionary, and chocolate as well as non-food products such as medical parts, hardware and detergent pouches.
To preserve precious production floorspace, the counting machines can be placed directly atop a packaging machine for bag filling applications, or over a conveyor belt for precise positioning and discharge of product counts into common packaging platforms such as cartons, boxes, tubs or tins.
Counting food and various other products by the piece is regarded as the most efficient, cost-effective alternative to modern weighing and pick-and-place systems, as counting accuracy is not affected by small weight variations between individual pieces. Optical counting – as opposed to weight-centric quality control – guarantees that the net contents in terms of count is 100% accurate for both wholesale and retail packages. Optical counting also prevents product loss, avoids product wastage, and maximizes production efficiency.
Available in HQ, HQF and HQI models, the versatile counting machines can be used for a wide variety of products – either in bulk quantities or single piece discharges into any package. The HQ Series is scalable for varying production levels depending on product type and output, with available counting channel options of 4, 6, 8 or 12. Typical output is up to 5,500 individual pieces or 175 units(discharges)/minute.
Compatible with all industrial packaging and cartoning machines, the HQ Series features a compact footprint of just 40 or 60 centimeters, FDA-compliant product parts for processing both food and non-food products and streamlined tool-free disassembly for easy operation and cleaning. Other features include silent operation with no compressed air required and a product detection unit with 100% accuracy. Up to three memory flap levels are available for count separation and dispensing. Vibratory plates for product transport and separation and a timing hopper for discharging product counts are also built in.
The HQ series machines can work in tandem with a bulk dosing system with infeed hopper and incline dosing conveyor, or over an indexing conveyor for filling boxes, cartons, tubs, bottles, jars or tins. Fully customised hygienic counting machines are also available.
“Cremer’s versatile HQ Series of counting machines are fast, reliable and cost-effective solutions to maximize production efficiency and avoid product loss and wastage typically found with traditional weighing systems,” states Brian Pomponio, business development manager of Cremer North America. “Whether the best solution is a basic, stand-alone HQ counting machine or a more complex packing line to meet more demanding requirements, our experienced team can develop tailored solutions to meet customer needs.”