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Cups & Tubs Machinery

Complete Packaging Systems for Open-Mouth Containers

Range of machines
Link Pack Group is proud to offer one of the most complete range of automatic cup, tub and tray filling and sealing machinery.  If you are considering open-mouth containers to pack your products, we certainly can help find the right solution.

 

Working closely with market leading manufacturers of packaging equipment makes our job easy and pleasant.  We know we can count on our OEM Partners at every stage of your project and never let you down.

 

Every single year, our suppliers will bring innovative packaging, improved designed and faster machines to the market place to make sure you can stay ahead.

Integrated Systems
Choosing the right cup or tub filling line is only one piece of the puzzle. Products need to be efficiently transferred from the processing side to the packaging area and accurately and cleanly filled into the containers.  We have industry-wide connections with major OEM Partners to supply the right filler, scale or customized filler to integrate perfectly with your tub filling line.

 

Efficiency does not stop after cups or tubs are properly filled and sealed, they typically need to be inspected for defects and packed in cartons, trays, cases or other secondary packaging.  Link Pack Group can supply fully integrated packaging lines for cups and tubs by integrating coding systems, tub labelers, metal detectors, checkweighers, x-ray systems and reject any faulty products.

We understand the packaging machinery business and we believe we can help in many areas:

Tub Filling Line for Yogurt

Automatic filling line for foamy yogurt including tub denesting, piston filler for yogurt, heat sealing with rollstock film and lidding.  Filling valve designed to control foam during filling as well as avoiding dripping between each fill cycle.  System available in single lane, dual lane or triple lane for higher speed. 

 

Model FDS 2500 combined with PL500 film sealing unit by Control GMC is the perfect yogurt filling line solution.  This cup filling line features sanitary design (full washdown), Quick tub or cup size changeovers,  Allen Bradley PLC & HMI and rugged construction.

Filling Line for Clamshells

Clamshells are commonly used in food service, grocery stores and food processing companies to conveniently pack various food products.  Some clamshells with hinged-lids (or attached lids) are also used and can be painful to close in a food production environment.

 

Control GMC has designed a great filling system for attached-lids clamshells, which feeds clamshells from a stack, moves it under a filling station (scale, piston filler or other) and close lids.  Date coding with ink jet coder or label application on the lids can be made inside the machine.  As an alternative, wrap around labeling, C-Shape labeling of the clamshell or banding of clamshells can be made downstream.

Pail Filling Semi-auto

Pail filling is very common in various industries such as food, chemical, lubricant and the filling operations often relies on ”fill-by-level” where an operator will close a valve when a certain level is reached in the pail. Unfortunately, such operation is costly in product give-away and also on labor because the operator needs to stay focused on his filling task.

 

Model DM1000 Semi-automatic pail filler by Control GMC is net weight filler where the pails are manually placed on a scale by an operator.  Once the target weight is achieved, the liquid filling valve will shut automatically, resulting in accurate and clean pail filling.  For foamy liquids, a bottom-up fill nozzle is available as option.

Pail Closing Machine

Pail filling is found in various industries, and the first step toward a more ergonomic and safe operation is to have a machine to facilitate lid closing on large pails.  Those lids are made of thick plastic and can be difficult to close by hand in a semi-automated process filling process.

 

Model FS1800 is a stand-alone Pail Closing Machine where an operator will place by hand the lids and the machine will efficiently close it by going through a motorized conveyor and roller overhead.  If you are using ”UN-Type” pails, please have a look at model FS 1800-UN.  If you want to consider semi-automatic pail filling or automatic pail filling, take a look at model DM1000.

UN-Type Pail Closing Machine

Pail filling is found in various industries, and the first step toward a more ergonomic and safe operation is to have a machine to facilitate lid closing on large pails.  Those lids are made of thick plastic and can be difficult to close by hand in a semi-automated process filling process.

Model FS 1800UN is a stand-alone UN-Type Pail Closing Machine where an operator will place by hand the lids and the machine will efficiently close it by going through a motorized conveyor and roller overhead. If you want to consider semi-automatic pail filling or automatic pail filling, take a look at model DM1000.

Machine integration projects

Integrating mechanically and electronically several packaging machinery is certainly an expertise not mastered by all OEMs.  In addition to tight deadlines and management of multiple machine projects at the same time, you need to have space and staff available to deliver a successful project.  Unless it is something simple that you feel comfortable doing, it may be a good idea to leave it to professionals.

Depositor with Mixing Hopper

Fresh prepared soup, vinaigrette-based salads and other refrigerated products are sold in pre-made containers such as cups, tubs and tray, but they can be challenging to fill.  Model DVM2000 Volumetric Piston Filler features an integrated 200lbs mixing hopper designed to maintain homogeneity of your recipe, whether it is vegetable soup, vinaigrette with particles or any other combination of solids into liquids.

 

Control GMC also offers several other configurations of volumetric piston fillers/depositors such as DV2000 piston filler for viscous products (potata salad), DVP1000D piston filler for sauerkraut or other raw chopped vegetables and many others.

Replacement Parts for sealing, cutting & punching

Lako’s range of seal jaws, crimpers, knives, anvils, hole punches, fin wheels, formers, and product carriers integrate with virtually all packaging  machinery.

 

Their proprietary design, materials, and surface treatments ensure lasting, reliable performance, so our products can perform more than 3X longer than competitors. We bring the same quality to a range of head assemblies and retro-fits for low-cost upgrades in flexibility and efficiency.

Top Labeler for Clamshells

Clamshells and PET containers are widely used in the prepared food industry and most of the time, a label needs to be applied to the top to indicate what’s in it.

 

When applying by hand is no longer an option, we have a great solution with our stand-along Top Label Applicator.  Very simple to use, compact and extremely versatile, it will accurately apply labels to any flat surfaces.  If your products are more challenging and require a customized solution, our expert are available to help.

Filling line for dips & prepared salads

Dips and prepared salads in deli tubs are popular because of their convenience and reclosable lids, but also because of the home-made taste and small show look of the packaging.  We have complete solutions for filling dips and prepared salads into plastic tubs, apply labels to top and side of deli tubs, inspect and for end-of-line packaging.

 

Model FDS 4500 by Control GMC will denest empty containers, fill viscous food products like dips and salads with model DV 2000 Piston Filler and heat-seal film and apply lids automatically.  All Automatic Filling Line for Hot Soup by Control GMC features Quick Container Size changeovers, full washdown design for easy cleaning, Allen Bradley PLC & HMI and rugged construction.  In order to keep the artisan look, we can provide automatic labeler for deli tubs where labels are applied on the lids and on the side of the containers.

Tub Filling line for Hot Soup

Refrigerated soups in deli tubs is a popular category because of its convenience, but also because of the home-made taste and small show look of the packaging.  We have complete solutions for filling hot soup into plastic tubs, apply labels to top and side of deli tubs, inspect and for end-of-line packaging.

 

Model FDS 4500 by Control GMC will denest empty containers, fill hot soup with DVM 2000 Piston Filler with integrated mixing hopper, heat-seal film and apply lids automatically.  All Automatic Filling Line for Hot Soup by Control GMC features Quick Container Size changeovers, full washdown design for easy cleaning, Allen Bradley PLC & HMI and rugged construction.  In order to keep the artisan look, we can provide automatic labeler for deli tubs where labels are applied on the lids and on the side of the containers.

Deli Tub Labelers

Conical plastic tubs and cups can be decorated with pressure sensitive labels, in-mold labels, shrink sleeves or silk screen printed.  Food processors with several SKUs may see an advantage to buying generic tubs and apply labels on the production line.

 

Different configuration of labelers for deli tubs are available depending of your requirement.  Top and bottom labeler for tubs or trays, top and side labeler for tubs or top and wrap around labeler for tubs.

Hummus Tubs Filling Line

Plastic tubs are by far the dominant packaging style for hummus and dips and automation of the filling process is quite simple for this type of container.  Tubs are denested from a stack, transported under the fill station(s) by an indexing conveyor, film is heat-sealed and lid is applied.

 

Control GMC is offering a range of tub filling and sealing machines for hummus  from 1 to 3 lanes.  Coupled with DV1000 or DV2000 depositors and additional fillers for spices, garnish and oil, we can delivery a versatile and complete filling lines for hummus and dips.

Semi-automatic film/foil sealer

Cup, tub or tray sealing can easily be done by tabletop or semi-automatic machines.  Depending of the production output, several models are available and price may vary greatly.

 

Model PL200G is a semi-automatic cup, tub or tray sealer that can inject gas for MAP application (no-vacuum).  Plastic film or foil is supplied in rollstock and the heat sealer will seal and cut the film to almost any shape of tray or cup.  Waste film is rewinded for later disposal or recycling.

 

As an alternative, other semi-automatic trays sealers can do a complete vacuum and create skin packaging, which is great to extend shelf life of products like meat, fish, seafood and ready meals.

Cup Filling & Sealing Machine for Crumbled Cheese

Several types of cheese are sold into cups and deli tubs, mainly for convenience with reclosable lids.  Most cheese in tubs are liquid or viscous at the time of filling, so the ideal pump is a volumetric piston filler, but for other types of cheese like shreds, crumbs, balls or dice, we need to use other mean of dosing.

 

Without any doubt, a multi-head combination scale is good choice for accurately weigh and fill most solid products, it is also bulky and fairly expensive for smaller artisan cheese shops.  Control GMC came up with a clever and affordable solution for filling cheese crumbs, shreds or dices into cups with its two stage weigh filler for solid product model DM1600.

Clamshells filling line for nuts & dried fruits

Various size and styles of clear plastic clamshells are used in the nuts and dried fruits industry to sell those products in the retail stores.  Whether you are using clamshells with attached lids or clear plastic cups with detached lids, we have solutions for filling, closing and labeling those clamshells.

 

Model FDS2500 clamshell filling machine for nuts and dried fruits are used across the industry.  Nuts and dried fruits can be filled by a third-party scale, fully integrated with the cup filling system or with our DM1600 Dual Belt Weight Filler, which features two scales integrated in the conveyor of the cup filling system.

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Tray Sealer for MAP or SKIN Pack

Food products sold in trays, like ground beer is pretty common, but we see more and more products packed in trays with skin pack.  Skin packing consist of removing air from the package prior to sealing the film, thus having the film to take the shape of the product.

Italian manufacturer CaVeCo offers a range of machine for MAP (vacuum + gas injection) and SKIN Pack.  One of their popular model is the YPSILON Automatic Tray Sealer that will let you do standard sealing (no vacuum or map), MAP (vacuum + gas injection) or Skin pack depending of the configuration.