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BPX Strapping System Increases Efficiency for Lumber Operations

GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS — Designed to deliver maximum package reliability in a simple to operate and easy-to-use machine, Signode Packaging Systems introduces the innovative BPX Lumber Strapping System. Engineered with a number of cost and timesaving features to facilitate easier maintenance and operation, the BPX reduces maintenance time to maximize productivity.

The BPX’s innovative features and overlapping functions result in maximum load stability. It starts with unique independent side compression for improved load squaring and alignment. Unlike other systems, the BPX pre-folds edge protectors prior to placing them on the load to ensure consistent strap tension. Battens are precisely delivered to the load and held securely in place until strapping had concluded. Together, these features enable faster and more consistent strapping of lumber and panel packages.

The BPX’s automatic load pre-staging prepares the platen and side compression bars to accommodate variable size loads, shortening the cycle time. Its highly intuitive, user-friendly HMI provides quick and easy diagnosis of service-related issues.

To simplify maintenance, the BPX features a modular design with separate tensioning and sealing heads. The strapping heads are constructed with fewer moving parts and more durable wear parts, making them far more cost efficient to maintain than other strapping heads. A simple design using no belts, pulleys or adjustments ensures minimal maintenance. Weighing less than 44 lbs each, the heads are easy to access and remove without requiring special tools or handling equipment. When utilizing a spare head during routine maintenance, downtime can be limited to a matter of minutes.

Signode built features into the BPX to enhance operator safety. An automated platen latch maximizes safety for working underneath the platen when the machine is in a de-energized state. Remote strap feeding eliminates the need to enter the machine area to reload strap. A separate high/low voltage cabinet simplifies PLC communication and control voltage work. Large capacity consumables reduce replenishment intervals. And multiple e-stops are located around the machine for quick shut down.

Signode Packaging Systems is a multinational manufacturer and supplier of plastic and steel strapping, and the application equipment and accessory products for each.

Contact: 1-800-323-2464   Signode Industrial Group

Modular General Purpose Strapping Machine Simplifies Operation and Maintenance

Signode’s innovative MOD-GPX features an entirely modular design to simplify maintenance. Interchangeable modular components can be quickly replaced in line by your own personnel for desired upgrades or maintenance without disrupting production. Locator plates, latches and electrical quick-disconnects ensure secure and precise alignment. Built-in diagnostics recognize and identify faults for immediate correction to simplify troubleshooting and minimize downtime.

Designed for high speed, dependable operation with unparalleled durability and flexibility the MOD-GPX increases production speed, reduces operator involvement and simplifies service functions. Available in stainless or industrial grade steel with multiple chute sizes, the MOD-GPX suits a broad range of applications and is easy to integrate into any production line.

Other productivity-enhancing features include patented automatic cut-off and refeed, quick release heat knife assembly to speed up routine maintenance, an integrated work light in the accumulator area to assist with visual inspections and a unique chute design for consistent feeding.
Signode Packaging Systems is a multinational manufacturer and supplier of plastic and steel strapping and the application equipment and accessory products for each.

Contact: 1-800-323-2464   Signode Packaging Systems

First Battery Powered Tensioner and Sealer for Steel Strapping

GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS — Designed to address the lack of portability and weight associated with pneumatic tools, Signode Packaging Systems introduces the GripPack battery powered tensioner and sealer for steel strapping. The GripPack tools provide the low weight and portability that operators need but can’t get with air powered tools. Weighing less than 8 pounds each, they provide the same reliable performance as pneumatic tensioners and sealers without the air generation costs and inconsistencies often associated with pneumatics.

The GripPack tools feature 18-volt lithium-ion batteries that together provide over 120 straps per charge. Their lightweight, durable design makes them easy to handle and operate. With one-button operation and performance enhancing features not found on pneumatic tools, the GripPack tools improve the application of steel strapping in heavy-duty hand tool applications.  Features on the GripPack sealer include an LED light that illuminates the seal area for precise application, a strap detection system that eliminates accidental cycling and a green/red LED battery light that displays the battery charge level. On the GripPack tensioner, features include up to 1,500 lbs of tension plus manual and automatic modes.

Signode Packaging Systems is a multinational manufacturer and supplier of plastic and steel strapping and the application equipment and accessory products for each.

Contact: 1-800-323-2464   Signode Packaging Systems

SignodeSmart Measures Unitizer Performance versus Capability in Real-time

GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS — Designed to maximize efficiency in corrugated operations, Signode Packaging Systems introduces SignodeSmart™ data collection software. SignodeSmart, easily integrated into the unitizer’s programmable logic controller (PLC), provides real-time data reports at the unitizer and remotely, allowing plants to immediately identify improvement opportunities to increase production.

SignodeSmart real–time information allows production and maintenance personnel to create action plans to maximize efficiency and minimize downtime through the strapping zone. Overall, SignodeSmart generates 27 interactive reports with details on production information such as safety infractions, available time, idle time, utilized time and downtime. These reports include detailed performance reports, downtime reports, unit load details and preventative maintenance tasks. Operators can view the average cycle time, average discharge time, efficiency levels and the amount of strap that has been utilized. Reports can be accessed either on-demand or sent at predefined intervals, allowing plant management to baseline the unitizing zone and set targets for production, shipping and maintenance.

Signode Packaging Systems is a multinational manufacturer and supplier of plastic and steel strapping and the application equipment and accessory products for each.

Contact: 1-800-323-2464   Signode Packaging Systems

GCU SmartFlex Strapping System Increases Efficiency for Corrugated Operations

GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS — Designed to lower the overall packaging costs associated with corrugated packaging, Signode Packaging Systems introduces the innovative GCU SmartFlex Corrugated Compression Strapping System. Engineered with a number of cost and timesaving features to facilitate easier maintenance and operation, the GCU SmartFlex reduces maintenance time to maximize productivity.

GCU SmartFlex’s innovative head spacing with five possible positions provides for variable strap placement options and minimizes the need for double stroking. The result is improved flexibility and faster throughput of up to 200 plus loads per hour. Head positions are available at 8", 16", 24", 32", 40" and 48".

The GCU SmartFlex features a modular design with separate tensioning and sealing heads. The strapping heads are constructed with fewer moving parts and more durable wear parts, making them far more cost efficient to maintain than other strapping heads. A simple design using no belts, pulleys or adjustments ensures minimal maintenance. Weighing less than 35 lbs each, the heads are easy to access and remove without requiring special tools or handling equipment. When utilizing a spare head during routine maintenance, downtime can be limited to a matter of minutes.

The GCU SmartFlex comes standard with Signode’s innovative Smart dispensers. Smart dispensers are constructed with the feeding module mounted directly to the framework, enabling simple one-step strap loading and feeding. Strap feeding and clearing can be done without entering the machine area, minimizing downtime and operator interference.

Other operation and maintenance features include pop-out conveyor rollers for easy cleaning, and an automated platen latch option to make maintenance procedures underneath the platen easier.

Signode Packaging Systems is a multinational manufacturer and supplier of plastic and steel strapping and the application equipment and accessory products for each.

Contact: 1-800-323-2464   Signode Packaging Systems

MH-VM Side Seal Provides the Most Reliable Performance of any
General Purpose Strapping Machine

GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS — Designed for high speed, dependable operation with unparalleled durability and flexibility to simplify maintenance, Signode’s innovative MH-VM side seal plastic strapping machine provides the most reliable performance of any general purpose packaging system. Available in 69 different chutes sizes with the option of hot knife sealing for high speed polypropylene strap applications or friction-weld technology for polyester or polypropylene strap applications that require higher break strength, the MH-VM is ideal for almost any packaging application. Easy to integrate into any production line, the MH-VM increases production speed, reduces operator involvement and simplifies service functions to save time and money.

The MH-VM features an innovative modular design with separate tensioning and sealing heads. The strapping heads are constructed with fewer moving parts and more durable wear parts, making them more cost efficient to maintain than other strapping heads. A simple design, using no belts, pulleys or adjustments, ensures minimal maintenance. Weighing less than 30 lbs each, the heads are easy to access and remove without requiring special tools or handling equipment. When utilizing a spare head, downtime for routine maintenance can be limited to a matter of minutes.

Other operation features include automatic strap loading to minimize operator involvement and a direct drive system for reliable and accurate strap tension. To simplify maintenance and reduce service costs, the MH-VM incorporates strap guides that can be easily accessed without tools and 50% fewer moving parts than competitive machines to reduce service costs.

Signode Packaging Systems is a multinational manufacturer and supplier of plastic and steel strapping and the application equipment and accessory products for each.

Contact: 1-800-323-2464   Signode Packaging Systems

MH-EX Increases Throughput and Productivity for the Export Hay Industry

GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS — Designed for unparalleled reliability and flexibility, Signode’s innovative MH-EX side seal plastic strapping machine increases throughput and maximizes productivity for the export hay industry. Easy to integrate into any production line and available in horizontal or vertical configurations with single, dual or quad strapping head options, the MH-EX helps increase production speed, reduce operator involvement and simplify service functions to save hay producers time and money.

The MH-EX features a unique modular design with separate tensioning and sealing heads. The strapping heads are constructed with fewer moving parts and more durable wear parts, making them more cost efficient to maintain than other strapping heads. A simple design, using no belts, pulleys or adjustments, ensures minimal maintenance. Weighing less than 30 lbs each, the heads are easy to access and remove without requiring special tools or handling equipment. When utilizing a spare head, downtime for routine maintenance can be limited to a matter of minutes.

Other operation features include automatic strap loading to minimize operator involvement, programmable automatic strap refeed and adjustable strapping head center lines as little as 10″ apart for maximum flexibility. To simplify maintenance and minimize service costs, the MH-EX incorporates strap chute debris protection, a specially designed hot knife for long-lasting operation and 50% fewer moving parts than competitive machines.

Signode Packaging Systems is a multinational manufacturer and supplier of plastic and steel strapping and the application equipment and accessory products for each.

Contact: 1-800-323-2464   Signode Packaging Systems

VFX-9/13 Plastic Strapping Tool Provides Easy Operation in Tight Spaces

GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS — Signode Packaging Systems introduces the innovative VFX-9/13 Pneumatic Tension-weld Combination Tool for polypropylene and polyester strapping applications. Constructed with all metal and alloy parts, the VFX-9/13’s durable design provides long-lasting, low-maintenance operation.

The VFX-9/13 provides superior performance with a fast cycle time and a reliable high-strength friction weld. Its lightweight, compact design makes it ideal for a wide range of applications, including those with space limitations.

The VFX-9/13 features two-strap loading and one-handed operation along with an even distribution of weight throughout the tool to provide for easy operation.

Signode Packaging Systems is a multinational manufacturer and supplier of plastic and steel strapping and the application equipment and accessory products for each.

Contact: 1-800-323-2464   Signode Packaging Systems

LBX-6520 Strapping System Improves Corrugated Bundling

GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS — To meet the container industry’s need for faster bundling, Signode Packaging Systems introduces the LBX-6520 automatic bundler. At up to 50 straps per minute, the LBX-6520 delivers higher strapping speeds and lower maintenance operation than any other corrugated bundler available today.

The LBX-6520 features 40% fewer parts and more standard features than previous models. With no belts, clutches or pulleys, the LBX-6520’s self-lubricating, adjustment free design provides long-term durability and maintenance-free operation.

For maximum uptime, the LBX-6520 comes standard with jamless technology. While other machines require operator intervention to remove problematic strap, the LBX-6520's automatic cut-off and refeed feature simply ejects the strap and cycles a new strap, resulting in less operator involvement and improved uptime.

Easy to integrate into any production line, the LBX-6520 has a variable speed reversible conveyor for easy set-up and operation. An “EZ Height” adjustable leg kit requires only an Allen and socket wrench for adjusting, and no forklift is required.

Productivity is further enhanced with other standard, timesaving features. These include waist-high, automatic strap loading and single-button operation for quick effortless strap feeding and cycling. A built-in cycle counter facilitates preventative maintenance. And an out-of-strap feature ejects the strap at the end of the coil to eliminate the downtime associated with removing the excess strap from the machine.

Signode Packaging Systems is a multinational manufacturer and supplier of plastic and steel strapping and the application equipment and accessory products for each.

Contact: 1-800-323-2464   Signode Packaging Systems

Coil Lifter Eliminates the Manual Lifting of Strap Coils

GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS — Signode Packaging Systems has introduced a new strap coil lifter designed to load steel and plastic strap coils onto dispensers, enabling coils to be transported through workspaces, and eliminating dispenser damage due to improper loading techniques. Capable of lifting steel coils weighing up to 125 lbs and plastic coils weighing up to 55 lbs; the Coil Lifter can accommodate both vertical and horizontal lifting applications and is available in a stationary or portable model.

The portable Coil Lifter is built with a steel cage and toe guard to help protect operators from possible injury during the lifting and transporting of strap coils. Easy to navigate, the portable coil lifter is ideal for a variety of applications and production facilities.

The stationary coil lifter is designed for confined workspaces or static procedures. It can be mounted to the floor and is capable of 360 degree rotation within a 4′ diameter. The stationary model is supplied with a steel mounting post and all the accompanying hardware for fastening to the floor.

Both the portable and stationary models are easy to use, and come equipped with a vertical and horizontal lifting apparatus. When used properly, the Coil Lifter can help reduce the number of injuries that could be sustained during the lifting and moving of strap coils.

Signode Packaging Systems is a multinational manufacturer and supplier of plastic and steel strapping and the application equipment and accessory products for each.

Contact: 1-800-323-2464   Signode Packaging Systems