Linkx Systems, which specialises in the design and manufacturer of shelf-ready packaging machines, has recently delivered three shrink-wrap machines to Rowse Honey.
The high-speed machines, which have been installed at the Rowse site in Wallingford near Oxford, use the latest Allen Bradley servo control and automation technologies. They provide outstanding performance and versatility and are optimised to combine high throughput with low materials usage and minimum volume for the finished package.
Maintenance Supervisor at Rowse Honey, Richard Howse, said: “Rowse Honey are extremely pleased with the new shrink-wrap machines purchased from Linkx. The installation went well and machine efficiencies have met our targets. We purchased three machines for delivery in our summer shutdown and have now purchased a fourth machine for installation at Christmas. The machines have contributed to a rise in OEE on each production line they have been installed into.”
The three new Linkx shrink wrappers are used by Rowse for wrapping their jars of honey in trays that can contain either 1 x 6 or 2 x 3 jars at continuous speeds of up to 30 finished packages per minute, allowing them to maintain the high output of the plant’s manufacturing lines.
Each shrink wrapper includes a right-angled conveyor and pusher that accurately position the product trays in the wrapping station. They are then wrapped with a single layer of LDPE film, which is cut automatically prior to the packages going through the shrink tunnel and on to the cooling section.
With their exceptionally compact design, the new Linkx shrink-wrap machines occupy a minimum of valuable factory floor space. Other key features include an intuitive operator interface, with simple menu-driven controls for product selection, maintenance and fault-finding, Ethernet connectivity that supports remote diagnostics, and provides facilities for collecting and managing operational data.
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