At PACK EXPO 2012, HayssenSandiacre will showcase its Novus 350 Quad Transverse Zipper with Yamato Omega Scale. This continuous-motion packaging system combines high speed, flexibility and modular rapid tool-less changeover to produce high-quality standup pouches for a broad range of industries, including food and beverage and consumer packaged goods.
The Novus 350 features HayssenSandiacre’s latest innovations in integrated zipper and stand-up packaging technology, which allow for great flexibility in the machine’s ability to run a variety of bag styles on a single machine. Packagers benefit from limited downtime between changing bag styles thanks to the machine’s modular assembly and ability to handle both zippered and nonzippered pouches.
“Many of our customers are co-packers and in any given day will package a variety of products in different size bags, all on one line,” said Jamie Asbury, electrical engineering manager at HayssenSandiacre. “The Novus 350 allows a packager to quickly and easily switch from filling one product in quad-seal bags to pillow bags in less than an hour.” Not only can the Novus 350 run different styles of bags, it can handle a range of sizes, from a 2.36” (60mm) bag of candy to a 16” (400mm) bag of shred cheese. In addition, the machine features a small footprint for flexible line placement and stainless-steel product contact surfaces for environmental protection. It can run at speeds up to 200 bags per minute.
The machine’s speed and wide range of bag styles are enabled by an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix programmable automation controller (PAC) and Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6000 servo drive from Rockwell Automation. The ControlLogix PAC features an integrated platform for motion and machine control. This integration provides the Novus 350 with a single programming environment and fewer spare parts to maintain, while the control platform’s openness eases integration with third-party components. The Kinetix 6000 servo drives manage the machine’s seven motion axes, helping ensure smooth handling and accurate sealing.
The machine also features an Allen-Bradley PanelView™ Plus 700, 1000 or 1500 human-machine interface (HMI) for operator access to machine information. The easy-to-view screen aids in fast bag changeover by allowing operators to quickly recall recipe settings for different types of packaging. Additionally, the PanelView Plus interface displays machine status and alarms, timing signal entry, servo parameter entry, machine function selects, and size menu selection.
“Using Rockwell Automation products in the Novus 350 is a natural choice for us,” said Asbury. “The market acceptance of Rockwell Automation is high, and that’s thanks to product reliability and ease of integration. Plus, the around-the-clock services mean we can count on Rockwell Automation to help us deliver every product on-budget and on-time.”
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