BULK BAGGING JUST GOT 20% FASTER WITH FASTPAC
Pacepacker has launched its new high-speed bagging line. Called FastPac, the first product in the range is a sack placer that boosts the number of bags packed per minute by up to 20% with a new top speed of 16-17 bpm.
Among the many benefits of the newly enhanced FastPac sack placer is it can handle an unprecedented variety of sacks, including difficult to pick up materials such as hessian and net. This follows a growth in demand among European customers and UK exporters using these materials to pack produce, pulses, rice and coffee beans into larger sacks weighing 25kg and over. The added versatility and speed makes the FastPac range ideal for bulk solids handling, food packers and contract packers alike.
When taking flat bags from a stack and positioning them for filling, most conventional machines use suction cups to pick up the bags. However, this method limits the use of very porous bag materials, including hessian and net. Pacepacker’s newly enhanced sack placer provides the option to add mechanical grippers so it can handle porous materials, in addition to paper and plastics.
Overcoming another issue of bags sticking together, the FastPac range of sack placers manoeuvre the sacks by picking them up by the bottom and peeling them off the stack, rather than picking up the top of the bag.
To ensure the pace of production is not compromised, Pacepacker has also begun to upgrade other aspects of their bagging portfolio. Already, an upgraded Total Bag Control (TBC) system is available to match the faster speed of the enhanced FastPac sack placers.
TBCs receive the sacks from the sack placer, holding the top of the bag closed while feeding them into a belt feeder ready for sealing. Pacepacker TBCs use inverters to control the unit’s motors and match their speed precisely.
“Our new FastPac range opens up the possibility of automating many bulk bagging operations that have traditionally remained manual or required more expensive, non-standard sacks to enable the use of suction cups,” explains Paul Wilkinson, Pacepacker’s Commercial & Information Systems Manager. “The possibilities are interminable – from agricultural products that are netted, like seed potatoes, carrots and onions to those bagged in hessian such as rice and coffee.”
The overall speed of each FastPac line will depend on the other steps in the packing process and the handling characteristics of the products being packed.
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