A new packaging system which can process up to 1,000 cereal bars per minute and cut changeover times in half has been launched by packaging firm Bradman Lake.
According to the manufacturers, the Automatic Distribution System (ADS) reduces costs and allows for greater efficiency.
The equipment, which was developed by Bradman Lake's brand Autowrappers, feeds and aligns chocolate, cereal bars or bakery items into the Flowtronic flow-wrapping machine.
Products are conveyed along a height adjustable, 1.1m single belt and can be incorporated into systems of varying widths.
The company said in a statement: "Product handling and line efficiency are improved and belt changeover times have also been cut by half when compared with previous machines."
Contrary to standard machinery, the ADS uses light beam guards rather than those made of metal or plastic and, if the invisible barrier is breached, the machine is stopped immediately.
The company claim this light curtain feature is: "less restrictive, leading to a safer, technology focused application by providing improved access for maintenance and cleaning."
The ADS is designed to operate in conjunction with the Flowtronic flow-wrapper which carries out high speed film feeding, operating at 150 metres per minute, and tube forming.
Linking the distribution system with the wrapper is the Power Bend and Shuttle Phase Feeder.
The company claim: "The Power Bend bar turning unit increases effective use of floor space and integration flexibility while the Shuttle Phase Feeder eliminates pressure on the product queue, presenting a consistent feed and ensuring stable and continuous process flow."