Enhancements increase efficiency and reliability, and offer higher maximum speeds

Portland, CT Standard-Knapp, a worldwide leader in the manufacture of innovative packaging machinery, announces enhancements to the film bed system used in its popular Continuum™ Integrated Tray/Shrink System and Tritium™ Multipacker.  The film bed changes were made in response to customer demand for greater efficiency and reliability, as well as higher maximum speeds.

The updated film bed now features a more rigid pinch roller section, with components designed to ensure that the roller section cannot be assembled out of square. More rigid “fingers” prevent the film from wrapping around the pinch rollers.  This more rigid design prevents the fingers from being bent, which reduces dog ears and missed cuts.

Increased vacuum in the film bed through the belts as well as increased vacuum points in the belts also improve performance and reliability.

The addition of an inline servo knife allows the systems to cut at any speed, rather than the limited speed ranges permitted by the older wrap spring clutch style.  The film bed no longer needs to be slowed down or sped up during the cutting process, improving wrap tightness. Wrap spring clutches, a perennial wear item, have been eliminated from the system in favor of a servo motor, which has a much greater wear life.  The film bed’s continuous profile prevents wear and tear on the film feed that results from higher acceleration and deceleration during the servo motion profile.

Larger diameter pinch rollers have been added to the Tritium line, which will increase their tread life, allowing for more time between film bed rebuilds.

“The innovative film bed enhancements are part of an evolution in modular machine design and construction, as well as advanced functionality,” said Patrick Nelson, engineering manager for

Standard-Knapp. “These features allow for wide product range capabilities, as well as increased speed and reliability.”

About Standard-Knapp

Standard-Knapp is the leading manufacturer of innovative packing machinery for a variety of industries including beverage, food, household chemicals, personal care, and automotive.  A pioneer in the field of automatic packaging equipment, Standard-Knapp provides robust, efficient packaging solutions such as tray packers, tray loading machines, case packers, shrink wrappers, and bottle packers.  With over 100 years of experience, Standard-Knapp continues its tradition of “making packing easy.” For more information on Standard-Knapp’s products, call 860-342-1100 or email