The Socopa Group produces and markets a variety of fresh, cooked, and frozen foods for European retailers and restaurants.
After two new thermal tray sealing machines were installed at the company’s largest production site in Cherré, France, there remained a limited amount of space available on the production line at the machine outfeed. After exiting the machine in two lines, trays traveling widthwise needed to be merged into one lane before entering a subsequent machine. Determining an efficient, automated solution to this challenge was difficult due to the line’s space constraints.
Intralox’s new Activated Roller Belt™ (ARB) technology proved to be the perfect solution to the case handling challenge. Socopa installed an ARB equipped conveyor after the tray sealer to continuously merge the exiting trays into one lane, enforcing proper spacing in between product batches. The belt’s rollers, when activated, automatically direct the trays to one side of the conveyor, positioning them for entry into the detection machine.
Because Intralox’s ARB merge is a compact, jam-free system, it provided an optimal solution for Socopa. The reliable Intralox system accommodated the trays traveling widthwise and completed the merge within a distance of approximately 1.5 meters.
“Thanks to the new ARB technology, we’ve found a reliable merge solution that fits well into our tight production line arrangement. The ARB solution has facilitated the installation of new; machines into our production line,” said the Socopa project manager.