US based PPC Technologies and Solutions LLC has installed and commissioned a Smartfold 1100SL Ultra folder gluer for carton and light corrugated, that also included an inline Impack Ergosa/Perpack Packing system, at Superior Graphic Packaging. This is the first Smartfold Ultra installation in the USA with two additional lines to be commissioned shortly.
The gluer is equipped with motorised carriers that include full and sectional job/memory recall for ultra fast changeovers, a ‘universal multi-function section’ with integrated ‘bump & turn’, as well as left and right upper driven folding belts, handheld operator control, dual pivoting touchscreens, non-proprietary ‘off the shelf’ PLC, electronics and servo drives technologies, servo back folding system, extra length crash lock and final folding sections with retracting centre carriers. It produces complex carton structures, straight line, auto-lock bottom, 4 & 6 corner cartons and more.
In addition to the Ultra, the Smartfold family includes the shorter Classic version and the new Ultra X that will be unveiled this spring at the PPCTS demo center in Waukesha (WI) and also displayed with an Impack Ergosa/Perpack packing system in the techshop at the upcoming IADD-FSEA Odyssey in Schaumburg (IL) in mid-May.
The Impack Ergosa/Perpack packing system with its multiple possible packing configurations is well suited to the versatile Smartfold Ultra and increases the complete lines capabilities, labour force requirements and throughput. This was Superior’s second Impack Ergosa/Perpack investment.