Glenview, Illinois based Signode has introduced its latest innovation for the corrugated industry, the SIG-VCS TANDEM Automatic Bundler System. This novel system combines the power of two squaring bundlers connected with dual zone conveyors to meet the extreme demands of modern flexo folder gluers with inline bundle breakers and operating at speeds up to 36 bundles per minute.
Integrated and independent box manufacturers are looking for high speed bundling or in-line redundancy feature–the system is fitted with dual coils and auto strap change and can be automatically taught a new bundle recipe in seconds. It also has bundle diversion technology that sends all bundles to the active bundler during a coil change or while the other temporarily inactive bundler “fixes itself” with the auto refeed feature. Once the inactive bundler changes the coil or the successful refeed corrects the rare misfeed, the inactive bundler will come back online automatically and share the workload with the active bundler.
Signode has strived to manufacture a bundling system that is simple to operate and maintain. The icon-drive HMI allows operators to quickly set up a new recipe with a few taps of the screen. Other enhancements to the software include maintenance troubleshooting tools such as a tracing feature, simple strapping system checks, an event list and many more.
Signode’s new chute technology improves on the previous generation of UHMW chutes by using a segmented chute where the chute gates are covered by a lifetime warranty. Changing a worn chute after several million cycles was one of customers’ biggest headaches. Now they can change a single segmented gate in 20 minutes. This ease of maintenance helps lower replacement parts cost while reducing service labor costs to a minimum.
“We have been listening to our customers who are eager for a bundling system that maximizes high speed bundling capabilities and minimizes production interruptions,” says Mike Stein, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management for Signode’s Automation & Packaging Technologies group. “The SIG-VCS TANDEM achieves these goals and provides box plant operations with great performance, simple maintenance and increased uptime for corrugated bundling.”