Tubes and bottles
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.