MG2 and Packaging: a winning history of internal technological transfer


In 2013, the Bolognese company celebrates 16 years of activity in the Packaging field, where MG2 can offer advanced technological solutions for the end of line.

In 2013, the Bolognese company celebrates 16 years of activity in the Packaging field, where MG2 can offer advanced technological solutions for the end of line. On the way, MG2 has transferred the know-how acquired in almost fifty years in the field of process machines (which is the true core business of the company) to the field of packaging.

Technology and quality

Today, MG2’s line-up includes a wide range of machines, from the most advanced capsule fillers to automatic machines to assembly syringes, as well as end-of-line solutions for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and foodstuff, such as: horizontal and vertical case packers, machines to form, fill and close boxes and trays, palletizers. MG2 machines feature a high integration and connectivity level; in fact, they can be easily installed in-line with other upstream and downstream machines, integrated to remote control systems, barcode systems, RFID readers, ink jet printers and complete units for Track & Trace. Through the cooperation with other companies, MG2 can offer complete lines for primary and secondary packaging, for capsules, syringes, coffee capsules etc. The technology developed by MG2 is based on the designing of servo-controlled machines, featuring a reduced number of mechanical components; these machines can guarantee top level performances, as well as quicker and easier maintenance and product/size change-over operations. At the same time, MG2 solutions are “tailor-made”, in order to meet any requirements and integrate perfectly to the customer’s layout.

A varied line-up       

GSL10 is a horizontal case packer suitable to form, fill and close RSC cases. GSL10 guarantees positive and forced case opening, reliable product feeding and collation, operator ergonomics, easy and quick size change-over. The case can be closed either by means of tape or hot-melt glue. GSL10  can handle up to 10 cases per minute, in accordance with the case size and product arrangement. GSL10 can be equipped with several product feeding solutions, as well as some optional units such as bar code readers, videocameras, ink jet printers, labellers (for pre-printed labels or P&A) and reject stations.

The palletizer/depalletizer GRP is featured by an anthropomorphic robot, which guarantees high performances and flexibility. The machine has a modular structure, which can be configured by the customer with the required functional modules: one or two palletizing bays, automatic empty pallet feeding with full pallet automatic outfeed, slip-sheet magazine to feed a slip-sheet between the layers of products. The robopalletizer/depalletizer GRP has many points of strength: it can easily switch from an EU to an US pallet size and viceversa at any time, just by adding two spacers; the palletizing scheme is easily reconfigurable; full pallets can reach a height of up to 2200 mm. The GRP robopalletizer is an ideal end-of-line for MG2 horizontal and vertical case packers, but it can as well be connected to any upstream equipment.                                                        

GTL30 is an easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain vertical case packer. Unit maintenance and cleaning is greatly facilitated thanks to its cantilever (balcony) type design. GTL30 achieves the right balance between the high quality mechanical design that guarantees positive case opening, erection and handling and the highly advanced electronic technology that incorporates the use of brushless motors for the main machine movements. Compressed air system is only used for the secondary movements.  GTL30 is available in two versions (GTL30 – GTL30/L) to run different case size ranges. Case closure can be either hot-melt or tape. Case packing section does not require any size parts in that different case sizes can be accommodated by simple and precise adjustments via the use of three hand-wheels. Various types of product in-feed systems are available. The in-feed system can be installed to the right or the left of the case magazine.

GTF60 employs brushless motors, ensuring precise functioning and high performances; the machine offers a very wide size range, as it can handle boxes (including lid) from 90 x 40 x40 mm (minimum) up to 300 x 300 x 150 mm (maximum). Confirming the high flexibility of GTF60, it is possible to use different kinds of pressboard or line boards. The box can be closed by mobile folders or glue-sealed, even on three sides. The machine can reach a production speed up to 60 cycles/minute, depending on box size and type of product feeding system. The balcony design guarantees the complete accessibility on each side, in order to optimize cleaning and functioning operations. The use of chainless systems allows to minimize cleaning time and maintenance requirements. All phases of box forming, product infeed, filling and box closing are carefully controlled. Numerous automatic feeding systems are available, using conveyor belts, buckets, stacking or others. The product can be uploaded in the tray by push, by an original MG2 pick & place, or by robot. The infeed position is extremely flexible, for both in-line and 90-degree feeding, in order to meet any line’s layout requirement. In the end, it is possible to fit the machine with several loading areas and different units, such as: leaflet insertion unit; box content control; box marking/labelling; bar code readers; rejection station.                                                                                                                                      

HASTA inserts the plunger rod into the pre-filled syringe barrel based on a new technology. Strong, thanks to the know-how and experience gained during over 40 years' leadership, MG2 has designed this machine based on the continuous-motion rotary concept that has distinguished its capsule fillers production since the foundation of the company. The result achieved is a machine whose advantages are numerous and of high interest to the user. The machine footprint is the extremely compact and reduced; this feature allows for efficiency in utilizing the production room space, well appreciated at the time of investments evaluation. HASTA guarantees 200 or 400 rod insertions per minute, depending on the chosen production speed. HASTA offers the advantage of being upgraded from 200 to 400 rod insertions per minute, even after the machine delivery to end user. The machine modularity concept allows to choose among various configurations:  HASTA is already mechanically pre-engineered to accept a back-stop inserting unit, even after machine delivery. This pre-engineering allows for addition of the back-stop either before or after the rod insertion into the barrel, depending on the type of back-stop to be used. HASTA can be upgraded with an additional module to insert the Safety Device. HASTA incorporates a P&A labeller, inclusive of vision systems to check the data printed on the label, the correct alignment of the label on the syringe barrel, the pre-printing of the label: the autonomy is up to 30.000-35.000 label applications, depending on label size. The correct insertion height of the rod into the barrel is checked by a laser. A second P&A labeller can be easily added to avoid machine stops due to the reel replacement time. Moreover, it is possible to prevent label printing if the rod is not inserted to the correct height.