On show at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Signode’s SGP strapping machine series is designed to maximize productivity, with the model at the booth simulating a pressurized washdown environment.
As the company reports, “The SGP automatic machine delivers a fully automated inline solution or can be used as a stand-alone machine when combined with idle conveyors. It features a close strap arch system with heat seal and cycle counter, and it utilizes an automatic strap feeder and automatic strap end ejection for cycles without product.”
Food manufacturers are looking for systems that can handle cleaning and disinfecting, explained Mike Stein, VP global marketing and product management, automation & packaging technologies at Signode. The SGP’s TüV certified stainless steel versions with IP 56 rating accommodate such harsh environments, with electronic components protected from high pressure water jets.
Capable of speeds up to 65 plastic straps/min, the system is designed for integration with conveyors or standalone use. It incorporates an adjustable conveyor height for flexibility and a fold-out belt conveyor system for component access. High efficiency components and few wear parts aim to simplify maintenance.
The HMI control panel is an electronic control system with Siemens S7-1200 PLC mounted on the strap dispenser side. It has a graphic display for programming and operation including strap spacing, and it displays error messages to allow for fault diagnosis and correction. The control system features a basic photocell for detecting and positioning the package.