Ideal for high volume production environments, producing cartons of fresh or frozen products
The innovative Matrix Shrink Wrapping machine can now produce a consistent output of up to 300 cartons per minute; that’s up to 60% more than any conventional machine in the market.
With cutting edge side-feed collating and consistently fast shrink wrapping capabilities, this machine is ideally suited for use in today’s high-volume production environments.
COLLATE, WRAP, REPEAT – 145 MILLION CARTONS AND COUNTING
During a recent size change parts upgrade, to accommodate new packaging marketing requirements for Birds Eye’s popular frozen, breaded chicken product range, the machine internal diagnostics counter read over 20.7 million collations, which totals over 145 million cartons.
“Installed late 2009, WestRock APS Matrix Collator/Shrink Wrapper has only needed minimal service and scheduled breaks in production,” said Tom Whatling, WestRock APS Technical Sales Manager.
The key to the exceptional performance of the Matrix shrink wrapping machines is a bespoke control system which incorporates a powerful programmable controller, a precision ten-axis servo system and energy-efficient variable speed drives. WestRock APS Systems has configured the servo system to operate as an electronic cam, which allows stresses on the cartons to be minimised, and which also facilitates rapid product changeovers that minimise machine downtime.
Changeability to Save you Money
A high output is by no means all that the innovative Matrix shrink wrapping machines have to offer. These machines can handle any cartoned products from frozen to chilled or ambient-temperature products, whilst providing multi-size collation capabilities. Equipped with fast, repeatable, one-touch size changing, only one Matrix machine is needed in many applications to handle the work which would normally require two machines of conventional design. The result is big savings in cost and in valuable factory floor space.
Usability made Easy
Matrix Collate and Shrink Wrap Machine with speeds up to 300 cartons per minute
Using the Matrix shrink wrapping machines is straightforward and convenient thanks to the provision of a colour touch-screen operator interface. This makes it easy for users to create product, batch and volume “recipes” which can then be selected simply by touching the screen. The interface also provides fast and easy access to current and historical production data, and to the machine’s powerful diagnostic functions. With password protection integrated into the HMI, the prevention of any tampering from un-trained sources is dealt with and only those with access to a login code can reach such data.
Features & Benefits
Operator and Engineer friendly
Reduced downtime for size and film changes
Faster set up times
Suitable for all production environments
Full UK service/ breakdown service
Table top design
Clear guard panels
Easy to lace, film feed
Touch screen control
UK design & built
Machine Speed: Up to 300 cartons per minute
HMI Panel with touch screen for ‘recipe information system’
12mm acrylic guard panels
Network compatible for diagnostics
Servo actuation on star wheel collator and sealing
Easy & quick size changes
Metered film Drive System which reduces film use and decreases waste
Twin Fan Shrink Tunnel – Low energy usage
Automatic size change
Stretch Wrap for reduced power consumption and sustainability
Tear Strip for easy opening of finished pack
Automatic film splice for continuous production flow
Easy lace Automatic film splice with retractable film carriages
Side seal units for fully enclosed packs
Pack cooler after shrink tunnel
Infeed and discharge conveyor systems of various mediums to suit product and floor space