In an approach that represents a departure from the packaging industry ‘norm’ of designing a generic machine and then adapting it for different applications, the Carrera 5000 has been engineered entirely for the needs of medium sized bakery operations. Rather than being ‘over-specced’ with features that are superfluous to requirement for this target market, the system is built for high performance, low cost of ownership and the ability to execute maintenance and changeover routines quickly.
The Carrera 5000 slots neatly into ILAPAK’s range between the entry-level Carrera 1000 and the high-speed Carrera 6000. Whilst it doesn’t offer the same specification as the Carrera 6000, the Carrera 5000 can match the 6000’s performance capabilities of 80 metres/min on cold seal films and 40 metres/min on hot seal films. This has been achieved via a radical re-engineering of the machine frame that has produced the first ILAPAK flow wrapper with a tubular frame for added robustness.
In contrast with the Carrera 1000, the Carrera 5000 is engineered to be integrated into a fully automated continuous workflow, with fully automatic feeding and the option to choose from any electronic platform, whether Rockwell, Siemens, Allen Bradley or Schneider. For easy access, the control panel is located on a swivel arm – the first time ILAPAK has used a swivel on a non open frame machine.
The Carrera 5000 can run off pillow bags and gusseted pillow bags from film widths of up to 500mm, making it ideally suited to packaging bakery and confectionery items such as bread rolls, morning goods, chocolate bars, cereal bars and biscuits.