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Some packaging applications require more robust components than others, especially in the food and beverage applications where such components must undergo constant wash down.
The SD55 Case Packer from Impax Automation is a multi-axis servo driven machine that packs pillow bags into cartons or RPC’s. It accommodates a range of bag dimensions and carton sizes with minimal changeover. The frame of this machine is built from stainless steel. The enclosures have sloped tops, which prevent moisture from coming into contact with the electrical gear. The machine is completely servo driven, which allows for precise motion and flexibility when the need for a product/pack pattern change arises. The frame design incorporates control hardware, electrical, and communication cabling into structural elements of the machine creating a small case packer footprint.
The HG+ gearbox hypoid gear reducer used in this application aids in the precise motion control. The standard washdown HG+ gearbox is produced with a 2K lacquer finish. This finish was not ideal for the environmental conditions of this machine, which consisted of washdown detergents, humidity, and alkaline mist. So the gearboxes were converted to a nickel-plated surface finish. This finish holds up to the harsher environments. They are used on both the in-feed and out-feed conveyors, and they index up to 80 times per minute.
Filed Under: Packaging, Gears • gearheads • speed reducers, Mechanical, Motion control • motor controls