Shemesh’s CITADEL-J was the topic for discussion in this article published in the September-October edition of Machinery Update. You can read the full piece here (pg 16).
Building on the success of its CITADEL-R monobloc bagger for round refill and consumer wipes, global machinery manufacturer Shemesh Automation Wet Wipes is once again first to market with a ground-breaking offering for Jumbo Wipes makers.
Called the CITADEL-J, this stand-alone monobloc unit automatically stuffs jumbo sized (typically in the 600 sheet-count to 1,200 count range) nonwoven rolls into premade bags, accurately fills them with liquid (typically 3 to 5 litres) while providing constant support beneath the heavy bag, seals the bags and then ejects the finished product at speeds of 10-15 packs per minute (depending on product-specific variables).
The equipment has been developed in response to two emerging industry trends.
Firstly, wipes manufacturers are beginning to transition away from rigid packaging such as canisters and buckets towards flexible packaging. This not only means they use less plastic, but also flexible packs take up less space – allowing manufacturers to make savings on transport costs and reduce their carbon footprint.
Secondly, whilst the initial covid-related surge in demand for consumer wipes may have settled down post-pandemic, it’s clear that the market for jumbo wipes in flexible packs, commonly used in hospitals and gyms, is still growing apace.
CITADEL-J is designed to connect seamlessly to existing slitter/rewinders, allowing manufacturers to benefit from complete A-Z hands-free operation.
“CITADEL-J is a great example of a business listening to its customers and bringing to market a machine that really offers an answer to requirements that had been left unaddressed by the wider market for too long. Now, thanks to CITADEL-J, manufacturers of jumbo wipes in flexible packs have a cutting-edge automated solution that will allow them to make savings to their carbon footprint while enhancing production efficiencies – and their bottom line” explains Shemesh Automation CEO Shai Shemesh.
You can read the original article, which was published in September 2022 here (pg16)