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Article | June 6, 2014
Matrix: Multilane stickpack machine
The Inever BY300 multilane stickpack machine offered by Matrix, powered by Pro Mach, delivers laser scoring and marking combined in one system, lowering operating costs through savings in consumables, and improving the overall appearance and consumer friendliness of the stick pack.
The compact, modular, and robust Inever BY300 multilane stickpack machine is designed for low-to-medium production of quality stickpack seals of dosing powders, granules, solids, liquids, and pastes. Output ranges from 150 stickpacks/min. for a three-lane operation to 350 stickpacks/min. with seven lanes. Widths range from 1.8 in. for a three-lane operation to 0.67 in. for seven lanes. Lengths range from 1.18 in. to 8 in. The BY300 can also be specified with inkjet or thermal printing and embossed coding for variable data.
A patented CO2 laser-based system, with an estimated operating life exceeding 45,000 hours, performs both scoring and marking operations. The score line is perfectly straight across the stickpack, producing a precise, straight-line tear – an easy-open package. The laser breaks – scores – the outermost layer of film without damaging the inner layer.
Laser scoring and marking can be used on paper, plastic, and coated treatments. Laser marking is said to be a sought-after marking technology because of its low lifecycle cost, well-defined and precisely placed images, and flexibility in terms of style of text, graphics, photos, and barcodes. It is also a clean process, without the need for solvents.
The BY300 features PLC control, brushless servo motors, and a touch screen HMI. The rugged, ergonomic machine is easy to clean and maintain. Available options include: dust aspiration for powders; collating/counting conveyors for cartoning; integrated top load or end load cartooning; mechanical cam drive.
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