"Interpack is one of the most important trade fairs on our event calendar and we very much regret that we will not be able to meet customers, journalists and other interested visitors in person next year. We are therefore all the more pleased that with the digital trade fair stand we have created a varied portal that enables visitors to experience our technologies and solutions on a virtual level", says Mosca CEO Timo Mosca. With just a few clicks, visitors can switch between views of different machines, download multimedia information and find the right contacts – all from the comfort of their (home) office.
Fully automated end-of-line solutions
In the 'Machines' section, visitors find themselves in the middle of a fully automated end-of-line scenario featuring three core components: a Mosca EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6 H horizontal strapping machine, a KZV-321 pallet strapping machine and automated guided vehicles from partner company Gebhardt Fördertechnik GmbH. "We see enormous potential in the combination of highly efficient strapping machines and freely moving conveyor elements as a means of increasing flexibility and performance at the end of the packaging line", Timo Mosca explains. In the application, packages stacked on pallets are first horizontally secured at different heights by the EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6 H. The cardboard edge protectors used here protect product edges and create an initial stack. An automated guided vehicle then transports the pallets of different heights to the KZV-321.
Maximum flexibility for modern production environments
The KZV-321 exhibited on the stand is a variant of the proven Mosca pallet strapping machine equipped with two side sealing units, an open strap frame and six movable strap lances at three different heights. This enables users to flexibly strap single pallets of different heights as well as stacked pallets – so far, those two different use cases could only be managed by employing two different machine types. In the virtual application example, an automated guided vehicle alternately transports single pallets or two stacked pallets into the machine. The lances then close the strap frame at the appropriate height and the KVZ-321 straps the package. If two stacked pallets are placed inside the machine, the strapping process creates a compound structure. For this, the machine’s lances maneuver between the pallets’ planks. This means that the strap does not directly touch the product, which allows users to utilise a higher strap tension without damaging the product.
The use of automated guided vehicles from Gebhardt Fördertechnik GmbH further enhances the flexibility of the application. These units use map layouts to move autonomously in the production environment and independently avoid obstacles if necessary. They automatically pick up packages and can transfer them at different heights to downstream stations. Thanks to an interface and mobile app, they can also be conveniently operated and tasked via tablet computer or other terminal devices. Their performance can also be analysed in the same way.
Complete Mosca overview in five additional theme worlds
Mosca presents its services and concepts for future-oriented packaging lines in five additional thematic areas. A Mosca machine with Industry 4.0 capabilities is the main focus in the 'Digitalisation' section. This is where an EVOLUTION SoniXs TR-6 Pro demonstrates how digital features can optimise processes in end-of-line solutions.
In addition to innovative, high-performance technologies, Mosca offers comprehensive support ranging from consulting to maintenance and service. The company's ONE Service concept ensures that customers all over the world receive standardised, top-quality support. A new feature added in autumn 2020 is the Performance Services area, which will be presented in the "Services" section of the virtual trade fair stand. With this new service, customers worldwide receive individual advice on continuously optimisation and long-term efficiency improvements for their Mosca machines.
Mosca's focus on sustainable action is also a priority for the company on other levels. "We clearly have a responsibility – in terms of our plastic strap material as well as in regard to our entire production approach", CEO Simone Mosca explains. This voluntary commitment is reflected in the 'Strapping' section with its display of sustainable strapping solutions. PET strapping, for example, is made from 100% recycled materials. The 'Sustainability' section picks up on this theme and showcases Mosca's full range of sustainability concepts that range from recyclable materials and eco-friendly processes, to climate-neutral production operations.
In the last thematic section, visitors can learn more about Mosca's specific approaches to strapping solutions in five key industries: corrugated cardboard and paper, mail order and logistics, construction and container, food and beverage, newspaper and graphics.
The virtual exhibition stand is complemented by a multimedia information service. In addition to user videos and interviews, visitors can download brochures. Contact details for the right Mosca experts with knowledge about the specific topics and machines are also just a mouse click away. The virtual trade fair stand is available in German and English from 25 February 2021 via the Mosca website: www.mosca.com.