Today filling and packaging thousands of bottles of perfume, tomorrow just a few tubes of cream and the day after batch size 1 – everything on one and the same system. How this works is demonstrated by the Multi-Carrier-System MCS®, a joint project of Festo and Siemens, put to work in a filling and packaging machine from the machine manufacturer Optima.
The days when large quantities of the same product were produced day in, day out on one line are very much in the past. A growing number of product and packaging variants, ever shorter product life cycles as well as the trend towards customised packaging and products are posing huge challenges to manufacturers of filling and packaging machines and their end customers. The Multi-Carrier-System now offers them a solution which provides more flexibility and greater competitiveness.
Format changes at the push of a button are possible with the Multi-Carrier-System.
The Multi-Carrier-System travels at up to 3 m/s and achieves acceleration of up to 40 m/s² – completely jerk-free and with optimum precision. Shorter set-up times, reduced maintenance costs, lower rates of wear, and the ease of cleaning are further advantages of this versatile transport system.
The potential applications of the Multi-Carrier-System are practically unlimited; it is suitable for all industries that manage a large product diversity. These include the cosmetics industry with its huge number of product variants, the food and drinks industry with its quick seasonal changes and industrial manufacturing of one-off products ordered by end customers using an online configurator.