Unparalleled: This planetary gearbox maintains its maximum efficiency even at the highest speeds.
Neugart: Gearboxes for packaging machines
Nearly all industries rely on packaging machines for their products. Taking into consideration the diversity of industry sectors, Neugart understands that packaging processes are remarkably complex. The consumer goods industry alone has considerable differences in the requirements system components must fulfill. This is partly due to the fact that new forms of packaging are constantly arriving on the market, especially for consumer goods. We have responded accordingly. Backed by our many years of experience and our competence, we continue to provide reliable partnerships for mechanical and industrial engineers.
Among other things, Neugart gearboxes are designed for the high requirements of food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics packers. We also fulfill the stricter requirements for part suppliers when developing components for flexible use.
Our knowledge and technology is represented anywhere packaging and labeling is performed. For the targeted range of requirements, a solution can always be found in our optimized, modular product portfolio. Our gearboxes for the packaging industry are extremely dynamic and durable and safeguard smooth production processes.
- Cost effective gearbox solutions: Neugart planetary gearboxes use modular designs for a wide range of flexible configurations and customizations. Because of this, our customers benefit from a cost-effective acquisition price – without sacrifice to quality.
- Smart technology for all product aspects: It’s not always simple to find the perfect gearbox for specific applications. Gearbox applications are complex and many factors will come into play during the decision process. Neugart software tools are easy to navigate and help to simplify potential questions or difficulties.
- Drive experience: Neugart has been focused on drive technology for decades. Our planetary gearboxes take up all challenges, no matter how specific, demanding, or complex they may be.
- Dynamic and hardwearing gearboxes: Neugart gearboxes are dynamic and durable. Our customers need reliable technology that works without fail. We deliver this with our smart planetary gearbox designs.
"The operational reliability of our machines is our top priority. Neugart has always provided harmonized consulting services on all projects. The promises that Neugart has made in the discussions have always been realized in the actual applications. This is exactly what we expect of a partner."
Markus Zerbe | Sales Manager | ECONO-PAK
The Rolls-Royce of packaging machines
As the Sales Manager of ECONO-PAK, Markus Zerbe is committed to having the highest-quality self-developed packaging systems. "We can only guarantee that our machines have a high degree of operational reliability and quality by exclusively collaborating with well-known, globally operating component manufacturers," says Zerbe. He has been with the company for over two decades, and stands by the ECONO-PAK brand. "We are crazy in a positive way as a machine builder," explains Zerbe, which is reflected in the quality of the high-end packaging machines.
ECONO-PAK is an owner-operated medium-sized company with 140 employees at its headquarters in Flonheim in Rheinhessen. After developing and manufacturing packaging machines for the frozen goods, ice cream and poultry industries and installing them at customer sites for more than 30 years, ECONO-PAK now achieves sales of over €20 million a year. Over 850 packaging machines have been installed worldwide. ECONO-PAK is the global market leader of top-loading machines.
The SP-I-24 case packer is not just a packaging machine but also a highly complex, fully automated packaging center. Cardboard packaging that has been cut to size is placed into the machine as a secondary packaging tray or wrap-around secondary packaging in the form of a custom-sized cardboard box. At the same time, the stacking unit picks up several products that have already been packed and positions them inside this secondary packaging. The packaging machine then folds the cardboard over several process steps, applies glue and finally closes the box as a finished package in the closing unit.
All required movements are triggered using a servomotor and a planetary gearbox. Since each type of packaging has different space and performance requirements, the ECONO-PAK packaging machine must have an extremely flexible design, and the component supplier must also be able to meet specific customer requirements. ECONO-PAK’s previous gearbox supplier did not have this flexibility, which is why they sought out a new supplier partnership. This partner had to guarantee the necessary operational reliability of their products and be able to demonstrate flexibility when modifications were required.
After ECONO-PAK conducting extensive trials in their own packaging machines, Neugart gearboxes were successfully installed, tested and analyzed in field-testing machines. Satisfied with the results, the Neugart planetary gearbox was approved for series production. Neugart also ‘made the grade’ because of its impressive technical performance as a supplier. According to ECONO-PAK, the overall harmonious experience and consulting package helped solidify their choice in selecting Neugart as their gearbox partner. Experienced ECONO-PAK fitters describe Neugart gearboxes as "exceptionally good", and confirm after careful consideration: "In all of the years, we have never had to replace a Neugart gearbox in the field."
Only components with food-compatible lubrication are installed in the ECONO-PAK systems. Even in the event of a collision or failure, the packaged product can therefore never be contaminated. About 30% of all gearboxes that are used deviate from the usual market standard, and are therefore customized. Time and time again, Neugart has proven that the company is structurally aligned so that it can technically adapt to these modifications at any time, and is capable of implementing them with fastest reaction speeds.
In ECONO-PAK’s opinion, the hygienic aspects of packaging machines are likely to increase in the future. The entire machine frame is currently made from stainless steel. However, it will also become increasingly important to be able to clean the components individually. In detail, this means that edges and locations where sediment deposits can occur must be eliminated. Furthermore, components must be protected with coatings or possibly even have a stainless steel surface. Because of larger-scale cleaning processes, the components are also subjected to a large amount of fluids, which require higher protection classes. As ECONO-PAK and Neugart maintain close collaboration, we will continue to anticipate and observe these future trends, allowing for efficient adaptation to changes on the market.
The stacker unit stacks the individual packaging, which is pushed into the secondary packaging using a "transfer device". This movement is made using a toothed belt axis, which is powered by a servomotor and a Neugart PLE planetary gearbox.
The glue head is positioned inside the gluing station using a spindle and toothed belt axis (as an X-Z system). While doing this, the toothed belt unit is powered by a PLE planetary gearbox.
A Neugart gearbox also provides the drive in the closing station, where little space is available. In this case a WPLE right angle planetary gearbox is used. The glued cardboard box flaps are folded over and pressed on in this process.
Gearboxes commonly used in this industry:
This is progress: In this planetary gearbox, precision and cost effectiveness meet.
The high-performance precision planetary gearbox with helical teeth for a particularly quiet drive.
The shortest planetary gearbox with the highest torsional stiffness and flange output shaft.
The right angle planetary gearbox with universal output flange – flexible installation options and for high forces.
The shortest right angle planetary gearbox with flange output shaft and maximum torsional stiffness.
The spiral-toothed right angle gearbox with hollow shaft – low noise levels and force-fit installation.