Cosmetics

Filling up cosmetic products

More compact, more flexible and more efficient than conventional lines – these were the key requirement as defined by Beiersdorf Manufacturing Waldheim GmbH. It had to be possible to carry out very frequent size changes in just a few minutes to achieve a high degree of efficiency.

Conventional filling systems in the cosmetics industry require lots of space, are loud due to the puck systems used and are largely comprised of backup sections and cycling-in devices. These functions cost money and negatively effect line efficiency – for every function there’s a malfunction. Add to this the fact that there’s often a “jungle” of different operator consoles of the individual sub-machines.

The solution is the TLM filling system. The “Transmodule” transport robot enables any subfunction to be integrated into a compact line. The standard TLM system components are flexible and can be used in many industries. They’re currently taking over the cosmetics industry.

TLM Filling Maschine Beiersdorf

Tubes and bottles

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The first TLM filling machine is by no means anything less than a filling line, a filling line that has never been seen before. What else could it be, but a TLM compact machine? Separation and feeding of bottles and tubes, labeling, filling, closing, packaging box erection, filling, closing and palletizing: In all, the TLM compact machine is comprised of nine sub-machines linked to a machine system. The interlinking unit is the trans-module. Ten transmodules handle the transport tasks for bottles, tubes and boxes by traversing through the packaging machine on two sections of rail which overlap at the filling station.

The story of how the first order came about is worth listening to. Our Italian sales representative, came excitedly to a project meeting one day. He was excited about a packaging machine for tubes. Tubes had to be packaged in a shipping carton, but the machine had to be shorter than is normally possible in the TLM system. The customer's available space is not large enough for the standard setup. The customer has to house a tube-filling machine, a bottle-filling machine, a labeling machine, a palletizer and container sorting plus the obligatory backup belts in the space available. "What if we were to offer a com¬pact machine?" No sooner said than done! The customer, GFL, thought it was a great idea. With an overall length of 19.6 meters, the machine can now be set up in a more suitable place. It's easy to operate, can be converted in half the time and is far cheaper than the initial concept.

The future belongs to TLM filling machines. We're absolutely sure of it. On the one hand, they replace tried-and-tested, but old, technology. On the other, they also include secondary packaging. They possess the flexibility de-manded of the modern machines of today, and are lower in cost, more effective and convertible to a wide range of sizes, fully automatically. TLM packaging machines are made up of sub-machines. A sub-machine is a fully functional and self-contained machine which handles at least one, and often several, functions of a complete line. The first TLM filling line was comprised of nine sub-machines. As with all TLM packaging machines, the switch cabinets are located at head height on the machines. This ensures excellent accessibility to all functions and provides very important floor clearance, especially for filling machines.

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Makeup Compacts

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The Noiro plant takes the wide variety of different makeup compact designs easily in its stride. Changes between formats are completed in a matter of minutes by program resetting on screen, and swapping the quick-change format components. Output reaches as many as 33 makeup compacts per minute.

The empty compacts are initially fed closed into the line. The first robot station opens the compacts and places them on the central conveyor belt. The first pressed powder tray can then be positioned and inserted at the second station. The third station is responsible for inserting the second powder tray. Two applicators are inserted in the prepared position in the fourth station before the compact is snapped shut in station five. All areas and functions of the plant are easily accessible and simple to operate.

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