Cutting and feeding machine for bandage packaging reduces downtime scivolutions, a pioneer in wound care, processes a large number of products of different sizes, shapes and thicknesses by installing a customized bandage cutting and feeding system, so as to modernize its production and prevent downtime in the production line
scivolutions in Gastonia, North Carolina, led the bandage industry into the 21st century in 1986. As a pioneer in the industry, the company introduced many firsts in bandage products and packaging technology, such as eliminating metal boxes and using a more environmentally friendly and reliable choice - cartons; Introduce colors, patterns, unique shapes and finally approved printing styles and icons; Latex free, gluten free bandages; The use of water-based ink eradicates allergic reaction; Remove the holes on the surface of the bandage to help the recovery of the wet wound; Continue to improve the formulation of the adhesive to easily and painlessly apply and remove the bandage
scivolutions' latest innovation in wound rehabilitation is its doctor`s choice skin closure kit product, which consists of self-adhesive pads wrapped in paper packaging produced by hospital level technology suitable for household use
the challenge of diversity
although the cost of doing business in the United States continues to increase, Alan Nash, the founder and chairman of scivolumes, decided to keep his company in the United States. To this end, he recently began to study various methods to improve and modernize the company's production line to maintain low overhead and reduce downtime. "It doesn't make any sense in terms of the number of products produced per minute alone," he said. "If your production line slows down due to congestion or the need to reload materials; if you are slow for a long time, you will also drop from 40 products per minute to 4 products per minute."
in the process of upgrading and modernization, Nash observed various methods so that he could feed and cut bandage rolls of different sizes and shapes packed in wrapping paper, and then the bandages could be "caught" and placed directly in a single carton. "We need a system that can convert prepackaged bandage rolls into independent and composite devices." He explained
since the company's products include a large number of products with different shapes, sizes and thicknesses, the adaptability of the equipment is also very important. The cutting and feeding devices shall be adjustable, programmable and shall be moveable with position locking function
a registration mark shows where the bandage should be cut, and then a single package falls into a bucket below
when looking for solutions, Nash contacted azco (), a provider of cutting and feeding solutions, which has provided reliable equipment to scivolumes in the past. Nash had already started the company's production facilities in Massachusetts before relocating his plant to Gastonia. In previous factories, Nash had problems with the structure of the production line and the machinery that made up the production line. However, the two knife switches provided by azco on the production line have performed perfectly for more than 5 years. "Given the excellent performance of their equipment before, we believe that azco provides us with a perfect solution," Nash said
according to Andy zucaro, the chairman and founder of azco, azco's values reflect the concept of scivolutions. "Our design allows our customers to seamlessly integrate their equipment with any packaging or production line," he said. "Our experience in dealing with challenging applications provides us with unique insight into the standards we set: the ability to determine the most accurate, field proven components for each operation, saving customers time and money."
due to the large number of products with different shapes, sizes and thicknesses, the flexibility of the equipment is also very important
scivolutions' system includes two improved ci-250 ACU SERT (TM) coupon inserters, which can feed prepackaged bandages from preprinted material rolls that can detect registration marks and distribute bandage packaging. The inserter is independent and can cut cardboard, film or aluminum foil composites cleanly
the system also includes three fg-110 sur size (TM) crosscutters. These devices do not cut very quickly, but they can provide more accurate cutting, zucaro explained. They are often used to cut prepackaged bandages that are glued together in groups of three and folded vertically. This structure requires more accurate cutting, because the thickness of the three superimposed bandages is greater
a roll of preprinted prepackaged bandage is sent to a coupon insertion machine that can detect the registration mark, cut and distribute bandages by optimizing the chaotic screw disturbance cycle length based on the perturbation theory
because scivolutions needs to cut and feed a large number of products of different sizes, shapes and thicknesses, the composite device is connected to a central controller programmed and installed with an adjustable feeding device. This gives each device in the production line the ability to process each SC so that the swing rod stops at the appropriate position. A modular design provides flexibility for the packaging line, allowing azco devices to be installed in place and ready for production
in order to maintain the proper layout, the whole unit is installed on a base plate. The remote control panel includes an LCD display and a membrane keyboard for easy setup and operation of the device. The panels are connected by a 6-foot cable
we need a system that can convert bandage rolls into independent and composite devices
nash tested the competitor's system, but he said there was a certain gap with his expectations. "Azco's equipment works perfectly," he said. "Since the material roll is composed of bandages and packaging materials, it is very important for the equipment to be able to distinguish the two. Although other equipment has sensors, it has never been wrong in the trial run we conducted with azco equipment. This is the proof of azco's technical ability."
although each device is a driven device of the central controller, it also has its own controller to program the length of bandage and cutting interval. The central controller sends signals to each azco equipment in sequence to inform each equipment to feed and cut. Azco equipment can work independently and can be connected to azco controller or as a slave device of an existing controller
a roll of prepackaged bandage roll enters the feeding device of the cutting device and cuts it into a single package
acu SERT can adapt to 9 inch wide roll and 0.05 inch thick transparent packaging materials. For rolls up to 6 inches wide, the longitudinal folding option can be half folded before cutting. Options include product confirmation, no product sensor, mobile base, longitudinal folding unit and/or infeed device
the feeding and cutting of materials in the packaging industry is the main business of azco. Zucaro said that this single-minded focus enables the company to develop and improve its equipment to meet the changing needs of the market
the product categories of feeding and distribution equipment specially designed by the company for the packaging industry include bag dispenser, coupon insertion machine, slitting/rolling machine, cross cutter, coil cutting machine and more
reprinted from: packaging Expo