Syntegon wins German Packaging Award for IDH handling system

The jury of the German Packaging Prize recognised the IDH handling system’s output despite its compact size; as well as its format, pack style, and layout flexibility

Syntegon has won the German Packaging Prize from the German Packaging Institute for the fourth year running. This year, the IDH handling system convinced the jury in the “Packaging Machines” category by highlighting the innovative picker technology, which enables manufacturers to reduce the space required from the infeed belt to the packaging machine. Despite its compact footprint, the system offers format, pack style, and layout flexibility.

”Our Intelligent Direct Handling System, or IDH, ensures both high pack style flexibility and particularly gentle handling – the latter of which also minimises product loss”, said Daniel Bossel, product manager at Syntegon. ”This award shows that we are continuously contributing to innovate and sustainable packaging technology. The prize also underlines Syntegon’s decades of robotics expertise for the food industry.”

Linear motor technology ensures gentle handling

The picker technology, which is based on innovative linear motor technology, is at the heart of the IDH. Each of the pickers can be controlled individually by a motor. Its slow and smooth movements minimise mechanical stress. Delicate products such as cookies and crackers are transported gently from the process belt into a feeder or directly into trays. The IDH pickers grip the products with minimal vacuum application. This reduces damage and product breakage – an important step in minimising food waste while ensuring optimum line efficiency.

Strong flexibility thanks to innovative robotics technology

The new pick-and-place technology is also key to the IDH’s high flexibility – depending on the production volume, manufacturers can integrate up to 40 pickers. Together, they can achieve a maximum output of up to 1,250 products per minute. The system groups and loads cookies in four different formats: slug and pile packages in trays or flow wrappers. Its pack style flexibility makes the IDH an efficient and versatile solution for the high-speed sector and fits easily into Syntegon’s pick-and-place portfolio.