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Septimatech’s Next Generation of Unison® Automated Guide Rail System

Introducing the Unison® Automated Guiderail System

 

We recently announced our newest product, the next generation of our Unison® Automated Guide Rail System, and we’re excited to share how it can help streamline your production process. The system made its debut at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas, where attendees experienced advanced technology firsthand.

 

One Operator can automatically adjust guide rails, reduce non-productive changeover time, eliminate unnecessary tweaking, improve container handling performance and add newly introduced containers at the touch of a button quickly and efficiently.  The Unison® Automated Guide Rail solution enables fast and repeatable changeovers for increased production efficiency—saving you time and money.

 

The Unison® Automated Guiderail System is the most efficient way to keep production on track, achieve reliable, repeatable, fast guide rail changeovers every time.   

 

Features of the Unison® Automated Guide Rail System:
  • Proven Solution: The system is designed using proven PLC and integrated drive platforms, deployed across a variety of industry segments having difficult-to-access elevated lines or challenging line configurations.  Unison® Automated Systems can be installed on the entire production line or in specific areas where controlled container handling is needed.  

 

  • Reduced Changeover Time: If your line has conventional non-quick change guide rails, envision changeovers reduced from hours to minutes with the Unison® Adjustable Guide Rail System.  Need to reduce that further, then apply automation to the Unison® System and achieve guide rail changeovers in seconds.  Changeovers are completed by a single operator using an HMI screen, eliminating the need for specialized skills. Quicker changeovers mean less downtime and higher efficiency.

 

  • Scalable and Customized to Your Needs: The Unison® Automated Guiderail System is scalable to meet the most demanding plant requirements. It’s easy to add future containers and maintain recipes.  Customized images for recipe within the HMI, guaranteeing accuracy.

 

  • Safety: Safety is the number one priority on the plant floor. The Unison® Automated Guiderail System is equipped with integrated safety features and is designed to CSA, UL, and CE standards.

 

  • Easily Integrated: This system is easy to install to both new and existing lines. A standalone system includes a dedicated controller and HMI, providing operators with one-touch control guide rail adjustment during changeovers.

 

Designed to industry standard, Packaging Machine Language (PackML), coupled with an Ethernet gateway compatible with a variety of communications protocols, the system can be installed as a standalone solution or integrated to the line PLC with supplied software.

 

Automation is the future of the packaging industry— automate tasks to maximize labour talent. 


Septimatech is a leading worldwide provider of packaging machine and line productivity solutions, including Rapid Change Guide Rail Systems, Change Parts, Feed Screw Drive Systems, and more.

 

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Septimatech Products on Display at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2017

Join Us at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2017 and See These Products on Exhibit Including the NEW Unison® QT

 

Find Septimatech at Booth C-4036!

 

The annual Pack Expo is coming up on September 25-27, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here to learn more.

 

Don’t miss your chance to meet over 2,000 top industry suppliers, network with over 30,000 other attendees, and attend free educational presentations. It’s a great opportunity for packaging professionals to see new technologies in action.

 

Visit Septimatech at our booth C-4036 to see our featured solutions, including:

 

Line Adjustment Solutions 

 

NEW! Unison® QT – Quick Turn Adjustable Guide Rail and Product Handling Control System

 

Unison® QT helps customers reduce changeover time from hours to seconds with accurate, repeatable, fast adjustment times.

 

Customers in every segment of the packaging industry can benefit from this system. It takes seconds to incrementally adjust guide rail width by 6.25 inches (160mm) with one turn of hand wheel.  With just a quick turn of the adjustment handle, operators can uniformly set the correct Guide Rail position and lock it in place. The Unison® QT’s quick turn handle eliminates the need for individual Guide Rail adjustment, tweaking, or fine-tuning the changeover setup.

 

Each adjuster can be customized on-site to suit exact package sizes, giving optimal line flexibility to add or remove package sizes in the future. 

 

Unison® Automated Guide Rail System

 

Unison® Automation is the ultimate Guide Rail Adjustment feature, freeing up operators and their time for other production areas. As well as improving line efficiency and reducing changeover time, this system reduces line downtime and eliminates the need for operator tweaking or adjustment during setup and production. 

 

The human-machine interface provides operators with instant information about the state of their packaging line during changeover and run time. Through the easy to use Unison® touchscreen, operators can perform key functions including automated changeovers, manual jogging, recipe management and teaching, maintenance, and diagnostics. 

 

Unison® Corners

 

Unison® Corners allows customers to quickly and easily adjust Guide Rails through corners, cross-overs, and s-curves while maintaining exact clearances and precise tolerances. It prevents container shingling and line stoppages due to jams and fallen bottles.

Every Unison® corner and curve improves and increases production uptime, efficiency through container handling control, and performance.

 
Unison® VH – Vertical and Horizontal Adjustment

 

Customers in every segment of the packaging industry will benefit from Unison® VH’s ability to adjust an upper Guide Rail vertically to any height, allowing the Guide Rail to be positioned in exactly the right location on the container. Combined with the independent horizontal adjustment, this feature allows for precise configuration relative to container profile.

This Guide Rail ensures optimum control for a wide variety of challenging container geometry shapes and sizes prone to shingling, popping up, or tipping. Customers will no longer require dedicated packaging lines with complex rail systems to run a range of short, tall, narrow, or wide container profiles.

 

Machine Changeover Solutions
Anti-Torque Star

 

Our Anti-Torque Star was designed to control and cap a non-rigid bleach container with a complex geometric shape. It provided the stability and superior anti-torque capability needed to properly cap the product.

Spotting Star

 

The Spotting Star was designed to ensure containers with an offset neck and handle would maintain proper orientation during filling. This dynamic spotting mechanism was mounted to the infeed star that worked with rollers in the pockets to rotate the containers and lock them in place once proper orientation for filling was achieved, virtually eliminating jams and miss-fills.

 

Removable Pocket Star

 

Created as a robust, cost-effective solution to replace existing expensive crowner star assemblies, the Removable Pocket Star features a water damage resistant stainless steel skeleton with durable inserts that are easily replaced in minutes when required.  

 

Urethane Star

 

This star design with a urethane contact surface doesn’t leave sharp burrs or large deformations when exposed to broken glass, like UHMW, Nylon, or traditional plastic materials do.

This product significantly reduces noise during glass product handling and offers better resistance to wear compared to plastic guides.

 

Wear-Strip Guides

 

Wear-Strip Guides are ideal for customers experiencing label scuffing, excessive wear, or high maintenance costs. Septimatech designed a series of removable and replaceable wear-strips of different materials to fit various guides, which can easily be replaced when worn down instead of replacing the entire assembly.

These strips increase lifespan of guides, while also reducing the likelihood of damage to sensitive labels or containers due to friction.

 

Universal Gripper

 

 

The Universal Gripper is a versatile filler neck-handling solution designed for customers handling large profile containers in the edible oil or industrial oil industries. This product holds and orients a range of neck sizes without needing to change or add components, resulting in faster changeovers, reduced downtime, and quicker setup.

 

Adjustable Positioner

 

Customers from the household and personal care industries can reduce changeover time and the number of change parts for their filler with the Adjustable Positioner.

 

This product can be accurately and consistently set for different-sized containers; it is easily adjustable at four critical points to allow effective handling of large and small containers.

 

Feed Screws

 

Our Feed Screws improve container control as the container enters the Feed Screw at the infeed, and as the container accelerates to the required discharge pitch to transfer smoothly into the machine star wheels.

Achieve flawless container transfers without scuffing, damage, marking, or spillage thanks to these products’ smooth surface finish and pocket-to-pocket accuracy.

 

Feed Screw Drive Systems

 

Septimatech’s Feed Screw Drive Systems are custom-engineered and manufactured to achieve the results you need in container handling. Whether your application requires single, dual, synchro, or infeed control, we can develop a creative Feed Screw Drive System for your specific application that makes difficult-to-control containers a thing of the past.

 

Smart Storage Systems

 

Our rugged and robust carts are designed to allow for maximum parts storage, organization, cleaning capabilities, ease of removal, and transportation of parts to the packaging line for improved operator productivity and floor space consideration.

 

The Smart Storage System also features built-in considerations for ergonomics, health, and safety.

 

We look forward to seeing you at Pack Expo 2017 in Las Vegas!


Septimatech is a leading worldwide provider of packaging machine and line productivity solutions, including Rapid Change Guide Rail Systems, Change Parts, Feed Screw Drive Systems, and more. Contact us today!

 

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Pack Expo Las Vegas 2017 - Septimatech Unison® Automated Guide Rail System

See Our Unison® Automated Guide Rail System for the First Time at Pack Expo 2017!

 

Septimatech will be showcasing our Unison® Automated Guide Rail System for the first time at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas on September 25-27. Come visit us at Booth C-4036 to see first-hand how automation can streamline your production lines!

 

Unison® Automation is the ultimate guide rail adjustment feature, freeing up operators and their time for other production areas. It increases efficiency in changeovers and provides complete adjustment of conveying line at your fingertips. 

 

Benefits of the Unison® Automated Guide Rail System include:

 

  • Improved line efficiency
  • Reduced changeover time
  • Reduced line downtime
  • Eliminates the need for operator tweaking or adjustment during set up and production
The human-machine interface provides operators with instant information about the state of their packaging line during changeover and run time. Operators have access to a self-contained control system, with an easy to use Unison® touchscreen HMI and embedded PLC controller. Through the touchscreen, operators can perform key functions including automated changeovers, manual jogging, recipe management and teaching, maintenance, and diagnostics

Each Unison® Automated Guide Rail System uses standard components custom-designed for your specific line configuration and container control needs. Reduce changeover time and improve container handling performance for greater production uptime and reliable and repeatable performance every time. 

 

The Automated Unison® System includes safety-rated emergency stop circuitry and is designed and built to CSA, UL, and CE standards. It is easily integrated into new and existing Unison® Systems by embedding into current line controls or as a stand-alone system.

 

Automation is the future of the packaging industry. Don’t miss the Unison® Automated Guide Rail at Pack Expo!


Septimatech is a leading worldwide provider of packaging machine and line productivity solutions, including Rapid Change Guide Rail Systems, Change Parts, Feed Screw Drive Systems, and more. Contact us today!

 

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Join Us at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Booth #C-4036!

Introducing Our NEW Unison® QT

Quick Turn Adjustable Guide Rail and Product Handling Control System

 

Septimatech is pleased to announce our newest product – the Unison® QT Quick Turn Guide Rail and Product Handling Control System!

 

This system expands upon our flagship high performance Unison® Guide Rail System, helping Customers reduce changeover time from hours to seconds with accurate, repeatable, fast adjustment times.

 

Customers in every segment of the packaging industry can benefit from this system. It takes seconds to incrementally adjust guide rail width by 6.25 inches (160mm) with one turn of hand wheel.  With just a quick turn of the adjustment handle, operators can uniformly set the correct Guide Rail position and lock it in place. The Unison® QT’s quick turn handle eliminates the need for individual Guide Rail adjustment, tweaking, or fine-tuning the changeover setup.    

 

Each adjuster can be customized on-site to suit exact package sizes, giving optimal line flexibility to add or remove package sizes in the future. Adjustments are incremental to position every 1/4” (6.35mm) over the entire stroke range for quick, repeatable, and reliable changeovers.

The Unison® QT adjuster handle can be added to a new conveyor or retrofitted on existing conveyors to create an easy to use, tool-less repeatable line adjustment system.

 

Unison® Quick Turn Results

 

Based on feedback from early Unison® QT Customers, this system is highly effective, resulting in:

 

  • Reduced changeover set-up times to less than 40 seconds with minimal and sustained operator training.
  • Return on investment in less than 5 months depending on the specific application.
  • Significant improvements to ergonomics, health and safety, and sustainability.

 

See the Unison® QT Adjustable Guide Rail System at Pack Expo 2017

 

We will be showcasing this new technology, along with other innovations, at the upcoming Pack Expo 2017 on September 25-27 in Las Vegas.

 

Visit us at Booth C-4036!
 

Septimatech is a leading worldwide provider of packaging machine and line productivity solutions, including rapid change guide rail systems, change parts, feed screw drive systems, and more. Contact us today!

 

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Improve Machine and Line Efficiency, Flexibility and Safety

5 Strategies to Selecting the Right Changeover Parts Supplier 

 

Properly maintaining high value machinery, increasing OEE performance, and reducing changeover downtime are just a few advantages to effective changeover management. A thoughtful approach to sourcing and managing change parts can help you drive efficiency, uncover cost savings, and improve production and line flexibility.  Many of Septimatech’s customers have shared their insights into what they look for from us when sourcing changeover solutions.

 

Here are 5 key things to consider as you source and manage your change parts:

 

I.  Quality—Materials, Precision Craftsmanship and Lean Principles

 

Quality is the most critical factor in sourcing change parts. High quality, precision-crafted parts made right the first time that provide consistent, repeatable performance are top priorities.

 

Time is money. When selecting change part solutions consider changeover set up time, uptime performance and lean practices. Change parts that ensure repeatable and reliable changeovers through lean principles eliminate operator guesswork and set up variability. They install easier, sustain repeatable set up, and reduce the necessity to make continual fine-tuning adjustments. Parts that provide accurate, consistent and repeatable container control provide greater SKU output and performance to optimum levels.   

 

Parts that use quality materials perform better, last longer, reduce product spillage and help reduce the possibility of product or machine damage. Improvements in durability, performance and noise reduction are frequently a result of matching the right material with the desired outcome. Material differences and related outcomes are some of the key reasons packaged goods manufacturers turn to Septimatech versus OEMs for replacement components.

 

II.  Fast, Responsive Delivery


Packaging is a time sensitive world. A part supplier who understands your SKU demands and performance expectations can help you improve uptime and changeover time while reducing operator variation. Solutions that are manufactured and delivered right the first time will help keep you on track for production timelines.

Consider smart storage systems or ergonomic carts to keep adequate inventory of change parts.  Properly stored for ease of identification, every part has a location to reduce loss or damage and parts that are readily available enhance efficient, safe, and quick changeovers.

 

III.  Experience and Expertise
 

Experience with a variety of packaging equipment and applications, expertise in lean manufacturing, and helping you reduce risk are important attributes to achieving peak performance. Your change part manufacturers should have a track record of success in similar or identical applications. One of the most valued contributions we provide our customers is experience in improving performance for a wide range of packaging machinery and line designs.


Well-designed, ergonomic parts are simpler and faster to change, store and manage. Ergonomic change parts that are color coded and tool-less provide faster changeover times, and reduce installation errors. The synchronization between changeover parts and equipment needs to take into consideration optimal human and machine interaction.  This is a significant factor to increase production, increase safety and overall efficiency. Parts that are easy to install reduce injury risk and improve changeover efficiency.  Changeovers need to be reliable and repeatable to reduce the amount of operator interaction. Septimatech changeover solutions apply feedback from our customers that will reduce risk of potential health and safety issues.


IV.  Ergonomics, Service and Installation

 

Experience with a variety of packaging equipment and applications, expertise in lean manufacturing, and helping you reduce risk are important attributes to achieving peak performance. Your change part manufacturers should have a track record of success in similar or identical applications. One of the most valued contributions we provide our customers is experience in improving performance for a wide range of packaging machinery and line designs.


Well-designed, ergonomic parts are simpler and faster to change, store and manage. Ergonomic change parts that are color coded and tool-less provide faster changeover times, and reduce installation errors. The synchronization between changeover parts and equipment needs to take into consideration optimal human and machine interaction.  This is a significant factor to increase production, increase safety and overall efficiency. Parts that are easy to install reduce injury risk and improve changeover efficiency.  Changeovers need to be reliable and repeatable to reduce the amount of operator interaction. Septimatech changeover solutions apply feedback from our customers that will reduce risk of potential health and safety issues.
 

V.  Machine Flexibility and Solutions


Whether you are introducing new containers or experiencing higher SKU demands, at some point you will need to modify or upgrade your packaging equipment. Do your homework on machinery and change parts applications, costs, quality and alternatives.  Revitalizing packaging equipment through new parts and components that improve performance or extend flexibility to handle future bottle geometry and SKU demand is a cost-effective alternative to complete system replacement.

Septimatech has a track record for getting the most from your packaging equipment for optimal machine flexibility.  When you are considering buying a new machine, Septimatech can add value in your ROI analysis by helping you investigate the possibility of replacing parts and components instead. Our knowledge and experience with multiple machine platforms and models, container control, and risk management is applied to existing equipment — without comprising performance. 

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Join us at PACK EXPO CHICAGO, Booth # N-5936!

PACK EXPO CHICAGO

Septimatech Features Packaging Machine and Line Changeover Performance Solutions at PACK EXPO International Chicago, Booth #N-5936

 

  • Line changeovers reduced from hours to minutes
  • Accurate, repeatable setup and changes to precise tolerances improve performance, container handling, and productivity
  • See Septimatech at PACK EXPO International, November 6-9, Booth N-5936

 

Waterloo, ON – Packaging machine and line changeover is usually viewed as lost time and productivity. Septimatech is changing that by helping packaging operations improve performance and productivity through more efficient, repeatable changeovers, precise container handling and increased flexibility.

 

At PACK EXPO International, November 6-9 in Chicago, Septimatech is featuring multiple packaging changeover and container handling solutions, including its Unison G2 high performance adjustable guide rail system, Multi-Lane Adjustment System, Rapid eXchange No Tool (RXNT) change parts, Custom Container Handling and OEM Replacement Change Parts, Smart Storage Systems, and Feed Screws and Drives.

 

Unison G2 is the second generation of Septimatech’s modular Unison Guide Rail System which delivers industry-leading changeover time, adjustment accuracy, and container control. The Unison system allows customers to precisely change up to 80 feet (24m) of guide rail, including any configuration of straight, curves, corners, and crossovers from a single adjustment location. Accurate, repeatable adjustments are accomplished without pneumatics or tools—manually or automatically through a PLC. Corners, curves, and crossovers maintain true curve and width dimensions without further individual adjustment. Operator variations are eliminated through precise dial settings for different containers and high precision rack and pinion adjusters. Line changes which typically take hours are reduced to minutes.

 

Septimatech’s Multi-Lane Adjustment System allows one person to rapidly and simultaneously set up multiple packaging lanes without changing parts or using spacers and heavy lifting equipment. Up to 30 ft. (9m) of straight lanes can be adjusted from a single location in less than five minutes. Adjustments are accurate and repeatable with precise tolerances to improve container handling. Typically, a similar section would take two people 35-50 minutes to changeover. The Multi-Lane Adjustment System is suitable for any configuration or packaging application where multiple lanes are required.

 

Septimatech’s RXNT Rapid eXchange No Tool Change Parts allow quick, efficient repeatable changeover of precisely engineered parts on rotary machines. The RXNT system employs one-time installation of Nucleus components and Satellite parts designed for specific containers that quickly and easily lock into place without using tools. CNC routed Satellite parts provide pocket-to-pocket consistency for precise container handling.

 

Septimatech manufactures numerous innovative Custom Container Handling and OEM Replacement Change Parts that improve changeover and operating performance of many machines, including cappers, fillers, labelers, rinsers/washers, among others. Many leading consumer and industrial goods companies depend on Septimatech change parts to improve machine flexibility and productivity.

 

Septimatech’s Smart Storage Systems provide maximum storage space and organization for change parts in a lightweight, transportable cart. Smart Storage Systems make change parts easy to identify, organize, clean, protect from loss or damage, and are easy to transport around packaging line as needed.

 

Septimatech’s Feed Screw Drive Systems are easily adaptable to any packaging machinery or used as a stand-alone unit. Septimatech Feed Screw Drive Systems provide maximum performance for simple and complex applications and containers of any shape. Changeovers are repeatable, quick and easy for reliable performance and optimal packaging line efficiency. A range of Septimatech Feed Screws will also be on exhibit.

 

“We help our customers overcome challenges that limit their productivity and changeover efficiency,” said Sharron Gilbert, Septimatech President and CEO. “Our main goals are to simplify changeovers and maximize our customers’ current line and machine performance and flexibility for future container changes.”

 

About Septimatech Group Inc.

Septimatech is a leading worldwide provider of packaging machine and line changeover productivity solutions. Our precision-engineered solutions simplify operations, improve efficiency, and assure rapid, accurate, repeatable changeovers and adjustments. Many of the world’s leading consumer and industrial goods manufacturers depend on Septimatech to increase uptime, improve performance and flexibility, and overcome unique production challenges. Our products include rapid change, high performance guide rail systems, change parts, integrated line adjustment solutions, feed screw drive systems, feed screws, label handling, and lean storage concepts. Septimatech is committed to helping our customers maximize their line’s potential and achieve reliable performance in every change.  Septimatech is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario. 

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