Shemesh Launches a Trio of Innovations


Tools will allow customers to diversify and cope more effectively with market demands

Shemesh Automation Wet Wipes, a division of Shemesh Automation, has developed a trio of innovations for the wet wipes market.

The SAS160 & SAS500: Round Wipes Canisters Stuffers are capable of running at 160ppm and 500ppm respectively. Building on the success of our SAS60, SAS120 and SAS250 round wipes canisters stuffers (designed for 60ppm, 120ppm and 250ppm throughputs respectively), Shemesh Automation, the first company in the world to successfully launch a high-speed vertical round wipes canisters stuffer in 2013, is now introducing two more models to the market.

For the 160ppm SAS160 model, Shemesh is using the exact same proven technology as our current 120ppm SAS120 model while slightly increasing the turret size in order to achieve the higher throughput.

SAS500 also uses the same technology which is then multiplied from one to four turrets inside one monoblock, resulting in 48 stuffing stations into which four rolls are being simultaneously fed via four independent chutes. The “Quadro Approach” is quite similar to the Shemesh SAS250 Duo Stuffer of which Shemesh already has multiple successful installations.

The main advantages of the SAS500 is its easy changeover —where one turret can be changed while the others can continue running—safety separators built-in to separate the turrets; the ability to run any or all turrets and the ability to keep operating while one turret is jammed. Additionally, the SAS160, SAS500 and the rest of the Shemesh Stuffers – SAS60, SAS120 & SAS250 – now incorporate enhanced software and more industry 4.0 features making the Shemesh Stuffers easier to track efficiency, more user friendly to operate, while functioning as smart “Roll Crash Prevention Control” mechanisms contribute to a more consistent, accurate and quiet operation than ever before.

Shemesh's Citadel X is an all-in-one downstram packaging machine for round wet wipes in ready-made bags at a throughput of 100-120ppm. This technoloyg builds on the success of the Citadel R and Citadel J monoblock models for all-in-one packaging in lower speeds of refill/consumer and jumbo rolls respectively. the Citadel-X is Shemesh's most recent in-line design for higher speeds of 100-120ppm all-in-one downstream packaging for dry and/or wet applications when packing up to 300ct rolls in stand-up-pouches.

Shemesh Automation Wet Wipes is also on track with the build of its all new TKS200 complete A-Z canister wipes line. The TKS200 includes a Shemesh made stuffer, filler, sealer, capper, labeller, cans des- crambler, end of line case packer, palletizer, rewinder integration, buffers, smart conti- nuous sealer and labeller magazines as well as built-in quality control features throughout the TKS200, which is designed to run at a constant speed of 200ppm.

The Shemesh-made canister wipes lines are the only ones in the world made by just one manufacturer. This is a huge advantage – not only because of Shemesh’s exquisite expertise in building these lines which contain such different technologies from stuffing to liquid filling, conduction sealing, capping, labelling, case packing and palletizing, but also from both software and mechanical integration as well as from an after sales perspective.

Shai Shemesh, CEO of Shemesh Automation, comments, “Covid-19 has changed many industries forever, and ours is not an exception. Regardless of whether or not Covid-19 is here to stay, one thing is certain: the world is now more hygiene-conscious than ever before. While we see a short-term stabilization in market demand, we also believe that medium as well as long term demand should remain elevated relative to pre-covid-19 levels.

In addition, the pandemic and the resulting shortage in raw materials - coupled with a stronger awareness to sustainability - accelerated the use of round wipes in stand-up pouches. From what we concluded from collabora- ting with customers in the market around the world, Shemesh believes that this trend, too will not fade out but only intensify. Indeed, we keep on seeing the sharpest increase in CITADEL sales to an extent these are now catching up with our XPANDERS."