Infinity Machine and Engineering Corp., a world-wide leader in packaging machinery for the tissue industry, will supply Bedford Paper, located in De Pere, Wisconsin a full packaging line for their upcoming greenfield expansion which will be completed in the first quarter of 2022.
Infinity will be supplying all equipment on the dual leg packaging line between the log saw and the palletizer. The dual leg packaging line includes two (2) Vision G3 wrappers. The Vision G3 wrapper will have a five-lane infeed and be capable of producing packs up to three layers. This wrapper will give Bedford Paper the ability to produce everything from single roll household towel up to 30-pack towel or single-roll bath up to 90-pack bath. Other features include a cantilevered overhead for increased access, optimized pitches per format and a noticeably small footprint.
The secondary packaging on the line includes two (2) Infusion packaging systems, which is a patented modular machine system from Infinity that gives converters ultimate flexibility by being able to produce cases and bundles within the same footprint and at a reduced capital expenditure. The Infusion system works by utilizing a fixed docking station coupled with modules, that can be moved from leg to leg, line to line or even plant to plant! Each docking station contains an integrated diverter and flight bar system for product collations. This revolutionary modular system is the “industry original” and was ﬁrst created to solve the limitations of ﬁxed linear machines. While Infinity offers many different modules depending on region and product mix, Bedford Paper’s Infusion system will consist of two different modules. The modules include a C15 casepacker module and a JXL poly bundler module. Each of these modules can produce the full package range of case and bundle configurations in North America. The JXL bundler module can even produce core up and core down bundles as well!
Infinity is not only providing all the packaging machinery on the line, but also the conveyors, diverters and case sealers. Infinity’s conveyor is robustly built out of 7-guage steel and will come with quick-adjust handwheel guide rail for fast conveyor change-overs. Fast conveyor change-overs can save converters countless hours of adjusting manual guide rail. Infinity also offers automatically adjusting guiderail for minimal operator interference. The conveyor system pairs perfectly with the Infinity four to five diverters being supplied on this line. These diverters are small and cost-effective and they will allow Bedford Paper to produce large display ready packs on the wrapper with minimal investment because they do not need to purchase a five-lane log saw and the associated conveyor. The final piece of equipment being supplied on the new line will be the CS15 case sealer. The CS15 case sealer utilizes a mattop infeed squaring conveyor, a low temperature glue system, a motor driven flap folding system and rubber compression rollers to create the best possible case every cycle. The CS15 gives converters piece of mind when it comes to case sealing.
Also, worth noting is the “Line Synchronization and Simulation” or “LSS” that will be supplied by Infinity. LSS gives the ability to control the speed of the line and harmonize the downstream system as a single unit, not separate individual pieces. By programming the line such that each machine is part of the overall process and being able automatically predict and/or react to the line, Infinity will be able to ensure maximum uptime and fewer line interruptions. Infinity LSS controls the line by monitoring downstream machine process data, the accumulator level and the line target speed.
The new packaging line will also feature many other technological advancements like blue-tooth geo-zones for mobile control of the packaging line, camera monitoring systems and much more! However, that is not all! Infinity will have the entire dual leg packaging line set-up at Infinity’s headquarters in De Pere, Wisconsin from August through September of 2021 for scheduled customer visits. This two-month long open house format will allow Infinity to provide a “hands-on” technology experience while maintaining safe social distancing practices and customer privacy. The line will also be available for “virtual visits” through Microsoft Teams. Infinity is proud to partner with Bedford Paper on this project as this new line aims to be an industry standard when it comes to tissue packaging technology.