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Having used an automatic collation and shrink-wrapping machine developed and supplied by Linkx Systems for the past three years, a major food manufacturer has now added a second Linkx machine to its teabag production line.

The existing machine will be retained, with the new machine providing extra capacity and flexibility.

Like the original machine, the new system receives the cartons of teabags from the production line, turns them on end, collates them on a tray, glues the tray and then provides an overall shrink wrap.

It handles four different sizes of carton, which between them need 11 different collation patterns. Size changes are said to be fast and highly automated, eliminating the need for manual adjustment and ensuring that machine uptime is maximised.

Key benefits of product application

  • The machine offers a high operating speed of 28 cycles per minute, which is achieved through the use of the latest servo drive and automation technologies. Not only does this high speed maximise the throughput of the machine, it also allows it to efficiently perform the 4×1 collation that is needed for the latest slim shelf-ready packs.
  • A further development provided by the new machine is automatic splicing for the rolls of shrink-wrap film. This is achieved by a new design for the film cradles, which means that they can be withdrawn from the machine to allow easy access.
  • Throughout the development and construction of the new machine, the engineers at Linkx worked closely with their counterparts to devise refinements that would optimise every aspect of the machine’s operation. As a result, the new machine is said to be significantly more ergonomic and is even easier to use than its predecessor.

Linkx Systems

Linkx Systems delivers packaging systems, equipment, machinery and stand-alone packaging machines that meet user requirements efficiently and economically and which are backed with expert and readily accessible support.

With more than 30 staff totalling over 200 years of experience in automation and packaging, Linkx Systems delivers packaging solutions, machines and equipment that meet user requirements efficiently and economically.

From our purpose-built Suffolk headquarters we design, develop and manufacture packaging machinery using the latest technology and innovations.

By making best use of modern automation technology, we provide our impressive customer base, which includes many blue chip companies, with packaging machines that not only offer outstanding value for money, but also easily outperform machines available from other sources.

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