Cut filler handling

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Cut filler handling

With a growing trend towards brand fragmentation which necessitates increasing numbers of smaller blends, Garbuio has developed handling and storage systems centred around the use of bins.

Flexibly automated
This type of system provides maximum flexibility and optimum space utilisation. Fully automated management and tracking of bins and their contents is incorporated using the latest RF tagging technology. Other benefits of this approach to handling include improved storage conditions for the tobacco due to the fact that the stacked boxes cover each other, and the top box is provided with a lid. For the largest installations, Garbuio have successfully integrated their special box handling equipment into high-bay automated storage systems.

Box filling

The weight of the bin is continuously measured during filling by a high accuracy loadcell system, so that the quantity of product in each bin is closely controlled.

Reliable, accurate, dust-free filling
The product is evenly distributed in the bin by oscillating feed conveyors to ensure optimum filling and uniform compaction. A tamping press applies the desired degree of light pressure to the product to maximize the bin contents. Lids can be automatically placed on the top bin of each stack. The system is virtually dust free due to the retractable chute which seals between the top of the bin and the filling conveyor.

Pouring tipper

When bins of cut filler, CRES or expanded tobacco products are inverted, the product initially hesitates before suddenly releasing itself. As it does so, a cloud of dust occurs which is spread by the air displaced by the tobacco.

Gentle, dust-free tipping
To overcome this problem, Garbuio has developed the ‘pouring tipper’. Before tipping takes place, the top of the box is covered by automatically retractable lids. These retain the tobacco while the bin is being tipped, and when it is fully inverted the lids are gradually opened, depositing the tobacco on the band of the feeder. The tipper then lifts the box away from the stationary pile of tobacco, so there is no sudden movement of product, and no displacement of air by the product. This results in a controlled, dust free transfer of the product from the bin to the feeder. According to the application, the pouring tipping action can be provided by a stand-alone unit, or by a robotic tipper serving several feeders.

Maker feed

The Garbuio Mini-Silo offers a compact, cost-effective and efficient solution to the problem of feeding the contents of large bins to cigarette makers or to add-back weighers.

Feed to makers
The Mini-Silo consists of a small storage band with adjustable pin doffers at the discharge end. Its capacity is typically equivalent to the contents of between two or three bins. The storage band discharges onto a transverse band conveyor which feeds the product into a metering tube, below which there is a variable speed metering band whose speed is varied according to the tobacco flow demanded by the cigarette makers. The metering band discharges the volumetrically metered flow into a specially designed entry chute into the Mini-silo’s pneumatic feed system. Due to the fact that the tobacco falls into the pneumatic system there is no tendency for separation of different blend constituents to take place.

Robot

Garbuio have developed this Robot system to provide economical and efficient solutions for the feeding of multiple lines of maker feeds or addbacks.

Labour Saving Multi-Function Robot
The Robot will perform several functions including de-stacking or stacking of bins, and the pouring tipping action (See pouring tipper for description of this function). Depending on line throughput requirements one Robot can serve several feeders. In higher capacity installations more than one Robot is required, so the workload can be shared between two Robots with one serving a small number of high capacity feeders, and the second Robot serving a larger number of low capacity feeders. The workload allocated to each Robot can be easily changed according to production requirements. The multi-function Robot allows flexibility in equipment layout. An example of this is the use of the Robot to discharge the empty boxes onto a high level collection conveyor, thus avoiding congestion at floor level. The Robot is integrated into the range of Garbuio bin handling equipment, and RF Tag systems are incorporated for management and tracking of bins.

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Cut filler handling

  • Flexible storage
  • Optimum space utilisation
  • Improved product storage conditions
  • Fully automated bin management and tracking

Box filling

  • Virtually dust free operation
  • Bins filled to desired weight
  • Automatic lid handling
  • RF tagging for bin identification and tracking
  • Integrates with automated bin handling and storage systems

Pouring tipper

  • Dust-free tipping action
  • Degradation due to tipping eliminated
  • Stand-alone or shared robot applications available
  • Integrates with other Garbuio bin handling equipment.

Maker feed

  • Low degradation
  • Accepts product from large bins
  • Ample buffer storage capacity
  • Volumetrically metered discharge flow
  • Feeds up to 3 high speed makers
  • Gravity discharge avoids separation of blend constituents

Robot

  • Bin stacking and de-stacking
  • Pouring tipping action
  • Discharge of empty bins at high level to suit layout
  • One Robot serves several feeders
  • RF Tagging for bin management and tracking
  • European Patent obtained in 1997