XPax Multipack Solutions

Overview

A.M.P Rose X-Pax systems have been designed for multipack solutions for a wide range of products. The systems combines the flowrapping machine with the very latest in linear transport systems. The linear transport system, XTS, combines the benefits of both rotary and linear systems.

The revolutionary feeding on the multipack flowrap system allows individual product size, number of pieces in the pack, number of product layers, and pack length to all be changed at the touch of a button. Change over parts can therefore be eliminated entirely and downtime reduced to a minimum.

The X-Pax Multifunction systems are built to both multipack and case pack products, designed with a unique compact layout and with the operators in mind.

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Technical Data

Output

  • Feed system can achieve up to 4 metres/second

A.M.P Rose XPax systems have been designed for multipack solutions for a wide range of products. The systems combines the flowrapping machine with the very latest in linear transport systems. The linear transport system, XTS, combines the benefits of both rotary and linear systems.

The revolutionary feeding on the multipack flowrap system allows individual product size, number of pieces in the pack, number of product layers, and pack length to all be changed at the touch of a button. Change over parts can therefore be eliminated entirely and downtime reduced to a minimum.

The XPax Multifunction systems are built to both multipack and case pack products, designed with a unique compact layout and with the operators in mind.

Example of pack collations that can be changed at a touch of a button:

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XTS System

The linear transport system on the XPax multipack flowrap machine is a Beckhoff XTS (eXtended Transport System) which brings together the benefits of rotary and linear systems. XTS is a mechatronic system containing all functions necessary for operation: a modular, fully integrated linear motor with power electronics and position measurement in a single device, a mover as a moved part and a mechanical guide rail. XTS enables individual product transport with a continuous flow of material. Due to the low construction volume, the energy efficiency and the size of a machine can be significantly reduced compared to conventional systems.

XTS adapts itself precisely to the customer requirements: the arbitrary number of movers, the modular path guidance, and the controllability of each individual mover allows precise configuration to suit the product.

The mover is made of a light and solid aluminium alloy. Thanks to their arrangement the rollers allow backlash-free travel on the straights and in the curves. The rollers cause very little running noise and is particularly low-wear without lubrication of the guide rail. The attractive forces of the magnetic plates are largely balanced by the opposed arrangement, so that the rollers and the rail do not have to absorb the comparatively high attractive forces of the magnets.

Up to 4m/s can be achieved with the feed system, without any jerking and still with maximum positioning accuracy. Synchronisation, stopping and starting can be accomplished at any of the stations on the entire path. Added to this is a sensitive response; jerk-free acceleration profiles even allow the transport of open liquids.

There are no sliding contacts or cables to the moved part, it is a purely passive mover, this results in maintenance and spares being kept to a minimum. The friction is also very minimal, which means there is no development of heat in or on the mover, and with the mover weighing less than 350g it is less susceptible to wear and damage.

Flowrap

The multipack flowrap machine is a medium speed full servo driven horizontal wrapping machine suitable for single pack or multipacking with heat or cold seal wrapping materials. The flowrap is fully synchronised to the XTS feed system and incorporates a large user friendly Windows based HMI screen.

The XPax multipack flowrap is suitable for a wide range of products from food to hardware. The versatility of the machine and ease of changing individual product size, number of pieces in the pack, number of product layers, and pack length at the touch of a button means it is particularly suited to users that require regular change of product or pack sizes.

Available in powder coated finish as standard, or fully stainless steel optionally. The machine can be supplied with rotary or box motion end sealing jaws, depending on the application and speed requirements.

Multifunction XPax

The multifunction unit is designed for flowpacking bars into multipacks and loading directly into shelf ready display cases, a two in one flowpack and case packer.

Efficiency

Industry 4.0 is one of the key factors in helping reach peak efficiency within your factory. The XPax system can send a stream of data and analysis in real time, as well as show trends over periods of time. This data can be viewed from the HMI on the machine, or sent to a secure server to be viewed on a tablet/mobile/PC device even if it is not located in the factory. Data exports and reports can be produced to aid weekly or monthly KPI reporting.

The data received can be used to find anomalies within the production process in real time. An example of this in practice can be; the customer has had their XPax machine for 1 week and the data they are receiving is showing a trend where for 20 minutes a day at the same time every day production drops by 50% on the machine. The feedback from the XPax is showing that the product is not being received fast enough from the primary wrapping machine, further study shows that the operators change over at this time every day due to a shift change. There are no other factors from the data showing any other irregularity’s as to why production is dropping 50%, from this it can be concluded that the transition process between the operators when changing shifts needs to be improved to increase efficiency during this period.

This is only a small fraction of what can be drawn from the data received from the machine. The more data and reports you can extract the more you can increase efficiency by picking up any irregularities that happen in real time, or inconsistencies that happen over a period of time.

Flexibility

Touch button features and quick release mechanisms make for a fast and flexible way to change the collations of the multipack product. Moving from an 8 x 1 to a 4 x 2 collation, for example, would only require a touch button operation for both the feed system to the flowrapper and the robot loading the multipacks into the shelf ready display cases. A quick release change over part on the Xtrax system feeding to the robot makes for a quick and easy collation change.

Unique Layout – Small Footprint

The unique layout of the line has resulted in a very compact system, and due to the design, greater access to the machine has been achieved. The small footprint and easy access provides consideration towards maintenance and a more hygienic working space.

The position of the paper reels and splicer unit will be one of the many characteristics that stands out about the system. It has been turned on its side, it is now vertical, and brought to the operator’s working level allowing for quicker and easier reel and splicing set up’s.

With the position of the reel paper and splicing unit moved away from the flowrapper it results in total access to the folding box, bottom crimp and end crimp.

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