• Mark Emmett of HMPS (centre) receives the Best New Product Award from PKN publisher Lindy Hughson, while APPMA chairman Mark Dingley looks on.
    Mark Emmett of HMPS (centre) receives the Best New Product Award from PKN publisher Lindy Hughson, while APPMA chairman Mark Dingley looks on.
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The winner of the Best New Product Category in the 2015 APPMA Industry Excellence Awards has been announced.

The Industry Excellence Awards are held every two years to applaud innovative and outstanding packaging and processing solutions.

The 2015 Best New Product Award winner is HMPS for the Coffee Pod Cartoning Machine.

The HMPS8000 is a carton erector and robotic pick and place system for small pre-sealed product (pods), and is manufactured at HMPS in Adelaide, Australia. 

The coffee pod cartooning machine was developed to provide a means of conveying the coffee pods from two different types of filling machines to the HMPS8000 Carton Packing Cell, with the proviso that either system could be used with minor changes required.

The solution was designed to be highly flexible to allow for the initial rate of 120 pods per minute, and to increase to 360 pods per minute when the clients machinery was upgraded, while performing at a efficiency of 96% or higher. It may also be adapted to other drink products such as tea and hot chocolate.

The Best New Product Award recognises the most innovative product or equipment that is launched in Australia for the first time during AUSPACK 2015 in the packaging and processing and allied components industries.

The finalists were CLP Casepacker (Case Packing Systems), Skyfall conveyor system (Denipro), Coffee Pod Cartoning Machine (HMPS), HEUFT prime (Heuft SystemTechnik GMBH), Packaging Safety System (SICK), Domino A520i IP66 inkjet printer (insignia), IRB1200 Case Packing Robot (ABB Australia), A-Series Label Printer Applicator (Matthews Australasia) and Ulysses Shelf Ready Case Packer (Walls Machinery/Adaptapack). 

Two High Commendations were awarded: HEUFT Systemtechnik GMBH for the HEUFT prime and Walls Machinery/Adaptapack for the Ulysses Shelf Ready Case Packer.

Other awards categories include APPMA Scholarship, Export Achievement Award, Design Achievement Award, Imported Equipment Award and the Customer Participation Award. 

“Companies that enter these biennial awards are recognised for their contribution and outstanding achievements against their peers within the wider packaging industry and we encourage everyone to enter,” Mark Dingley, chairman of APPMA, noted.