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Bradman Lake to demonstrate new-generation technology at PackExpo 2017

Published 12 July 2017

Bradman Lake is taking part at the PackExpo Las Vegas show being held on September 25-27, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Visitors to Bradman Lake’s stand number 4027 will be able to see in operation, for the first time in the USA, the very latest integrated packaging technology in a state-of-the-art packaging line comprising of Flow Wrapping and End Load Cartoning.

The innovative packaging line comprises of a FT120 Flow Wrapper and the IMSL End Load Cartoner. After the products have been flow wrapped, they enter the IMSL End Load Cartoner – Bradman Lake’s latest machine.

The compact-footprint IMSL incorporates a Rockwell Automation iTRAK unit to create a fully integrated product infeed system that uses minimal product transfers. To further enhance the IMSL’s footprint the products are side loaded into the cartons via a Linear Motion Loader.

The system is set-up with a single point of access with remote connectivity for online fault diagnostics and ‘Factory Talk Analytics’ for system data collection. The system incorporates the latest integrated connectivity Industry 4.0 technology to communicate seamlessly over a common network and protocol. This enables the installation of customized systems that deliver enhanced productivity, rock solid security and operational intelligence with live data output to drive smarter management decisions. This flexible, intelligent system allows for an exhaustive range of possible system configurations to meet every conceivable packaging need.

Factory Talk View Point is utilized for local connectivity to link each machine, providing system control and performance data locally at each of the machines HMI’s.

Factory Talk Analytics is utilized for remote connectivity to transmit data remotely to a secure machine cloud to provide real time machine and system data that can be viewed remotely from around the globe.

John Marlee, Managing Director, Bradman Lake Group: "Our technologies are influenced by our ability to serve a variety of markets with tailor made solutions, and at the same time developing new and innovative packaging technologies to suit current day market demands. Our investment to achieve this, demonstrates our commitment to our customers".

Other machine features;

FT120 Wrapper:

  • Operates at the highest level of efficiency and seal integrity even for difficult heat-seal applications.
  • Reduced number of operators. Can be integrated with complete range of product-specific handling systems for semi and full automation.
  • High standard of machine specification, which can include twin film reel holders, automatic film reel-to-reel splice, splice detection and rejection, print registration, automatic film web alignment, film printing, empty and deformed pack identification and rejection, four pairs of longitudinal seal crimp rollers provide hot- or cold-seal options and a robust end-crimp sealing module.

IMSL End Load Cartoner:

  • Incorporates iTRAK technology, which has been utilised for flexible product collating, while reducing the number of transfers by means of guided pockets to ensure minimal product handling and repeatable carton loading.
  • A new servo-driven linear inserter tracks the guided pockets and transfers each product into the carton, negating the need for a traditional ‘barrel loader’. This delivers excellent access for the end user, the option of constant or indexing motion on the same machine and greater flexibility in handling a wide range of products and collations with minimal rapid size changes.
  • With a small footprint, new frame style and full-height doors for ease of access, the machine has fully integrated electrical panels and Nordson Liberty hot melt system, with direct interface to the Rockwell Automation programmable controller using pre-loaded customized add-on instructions. No black boxes!
  • The machine is designed with an easy loading low-level carton hopper.

System Benefits

  • All machines deploy the latest Allen-Bradley hardware and software from Rockwell Automation.
  • All machines are designed with minimum frame sizes and easy-access guard design.
  • Flexible ‘Future Proof’ Principle. Handles a wide range of products, formats and sizes to easily meet the demands of the fast-changing markets at any time in the future.
  • Systems are simple to operate and maintain.
  • Robust and well-built to the latest safety and hygiene standards required in the bakery, confectionery, dry, chilled and frozen food and healthcare industries.
  • Upgradable machine construction to handle wash-down applications.
  • Prompt, reliable technical support, service technicians and spare parts delivery.
  • Bradman Lake is an established brand with a strong reputation for machine reliability and value for money worldwide.
  • A wide range of optional features are available to enable the equipment to be readily adapted to meet the customer’s specific requirements.


Source: Company Press Release