The new FR500 is an all-in-one, fully automated, high-speed food bar packaging solution

TAUNTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Harpak-ULMA, the industry leader in smart and connected packaging solutions, announced the North American availability of ULMA’s FR500 — a complete end-to-end automated solution designed to package food bars in a three-sided sealed package up to 1000 ppm. The FR500 integrates row distribution, flow wrapping, case packing and palletizing.

Traditionally, integrating these processes requires users to assemble products from three or four vendors in a less-than-optimal approach that increases integration costs, solution complexity, and risk of time-to-market. To achieve high throughput, producers must solve the complicated process of synchronizing automation processes across these disparate components. In addition to integration expenses, production issues are exacerbated by the shared responsibility challenges of multi-vendor solutions. Finally, multi-vendor solutions delay return on investment because factory acceptance testing requires a multi-step process to evaluate individual components and their integration.

The ULMA FR500 incorporates an in-row distribution material handling module, a high-speed horizontal flow wrapper and a top loading cell for cartoning, with optional case wrapping and palletizing. RSC expedition. The in-row delivery system provides efficient and continuous flow to the horizontal wrapper, using a buffer conveyor to handle unplanned system downtime. The bars accumulated in the buffer are combined with the incoming flow without having to stop the process upstream. The design allows the removal of individual components for cleaning and maintenance. After transfer, the bars are repositioned in an end-to-end orientation and quality control is performed to reject out-of-tolerance products. If desired, its film former can accommodate 100% paper material. Cartoning is done by the bar top loading cell, which uses a high-speed star wheel to place the bars into a grouping chain. The (automatically) formed bars and cartons are fed to the cell, where a two-axis delta robot simultaneously transfers groups of bars from the grouping line to the cartons, changing the pitch of the bars to match the cartons. Tertiary cartoning and RSC palletizing options are also available.

“The ULMA FR500 is a compact, high-speed end-to-end solution that takes less time to start up and takes up less space in the customer’s facility,” said Hugh Crouch, Flowwrap Product Manager at Harpak- ULMA. “The all-too-common approach – cobbling together an automated solution using equipment from multiple vendors – cannot achieve the simplicity, speed, time-to-market and reliability offered by a fully automatic, pre-engineered solution. -integrated single-source.”

“Like all Harpak-ULMA packaging platforms, the FR500 is a smart, connected machine capable of taking advantage of our advanced augmented reality capabilities, including remote assistance, visual work instructions and even OEE remote monitoring. As a result, the FR500 is one of the most advanced solutions in its class.”

For more information on the FR500, visit or call 508-884-2500. For live demonstrations of smart, connected machines, visit Harpak-ULMA at PackExpo 2022 in Chicago, October 23-26, booth #3448.

About Harpak-ULMA

Harpak-ULMA is the North American branch of ULMA, a billion-dollar industry leader in complete packaging line solutions for food, medical, bakery and industrial products. Harpak-ULMA provides smart, connected packaging systems using Rockwell Automation controls and information platforms to deliver increased efficiency, availability and throughput, as well as improved packaging quality and reduced garbage. Reliable, well-designed solutions reduce customers’ total cost of ownership, help them overcome the challenges of an aging and changing workforce, and improve maintenance expense control through competitive parts sourcing. In addition to offering ULMA primary packaging systems and complete automation solutions, Harpak-ULMA is the exclusive North American distributor of G. Mondini traysealers. Harpak-ULMA joined the Rockwell Automation Partner Network in 2018 as part of its initiative to create and deploy smart, connected packaging solutions.

Richard Dement

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