Air compressors manufacturer Air Techniques reduces size of packaging strap to 12-mm PET from 15-mm PET, automates strap application process with UHS side seal strapper by EAM-Mosca; machine designed to strap large packages and shipping units
HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania
May 21, 2014
– New York manufacturer looking to improve its packaging line finds new strapping system from EAM-Mosca cuts waste and speeds up production line.
Air Techniques, Inc. manufactures air compressors, vacuums and digital imaging products for the U.S. and Canadian dental industry markets. Founded in 1962, the company manufactures out of a vertically integrated, 200,000 sq. ft. facility in Melville, NY that meets the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices.
The company maintains stringent quality standards and is a certified ISO-9001 manufacturer. According to Industrial Engineer Paul DiCicco, "We are always looking for ways to improve our manufacturing process." Production personnel were struggling with manually applying 5/8" wide Polyester (PET) strapping around heavy cartons using a battery operated hand tool. The strapping was used to hold protective packaging in place, keeping the costly components safe. It took over six minutes per carton and the tool left six to eight inch waste ‘tails’ of strap. While not a high speed line by any means, the manual application was cumbersome and taking far too long. DiCicco and his team looked at a few of Mosca’s offerings but were intrigued to hear about a new system being introduced. "When we heard about EAM-Mosca’s new UHS side seal strapper we thought this could work for us," said DiCicco.
After a brief demo trial, DiCicco didn’t want to return the system, EAM-Mosca’s first production machine. The UHS, touted by Mosca as a low maintenance system, is designed to strap large packages and shipping units such as white goods, cabinetry, and office furniture and machine parts. The UHS features the powerful, high-tension Mosca Sonixs unitizer strapping head previously only used in robust compression strapping systems. In the UHS, the strapping head is mounted vertically in a versatile support structure.
In addition to automating the strap application process, Air Techniques was able to reduce the size of the strap used. The company switched from 15mm to 12mm PET and no longer wastes the two feet of excess strap tails per carton as the Sonixs sealer cuts strap off automatically at the seal, contributing to considerable cost savings on each carton.
The system has a narrow profile that integrates easily into conveyor lines, and can be pulled in and out easily on large rollers. The system operates reliably with Polyester (PET) or Polypropylene (PP) strapping from 9mm to 12mm in width and fills a previous void in the marketplace where high-tension and stronger straps are required for stabilizing loads. The machine is manually cycled with a footswitch at the Air Techniques facility, but the UHS is capable of full automation and can be integrated into automated systems. A video clip of the machine shows its narrow profile.
The main engine of the system is the Mosca proprietary Sonixs unitizer strapping head, which features DC direct drives for all strap feed, tensioning and sealing functions. The patented ultrasonic sealer supplies smokeless and reliable strap seals with either PP or PET. The sealed bearing construction eliminates lubrication and protects the system from dust and dirt.
Air Techniques has been so pleased with the success of their first UHS, they had a second system installed in another production line.
EAM-Mosca Corporation provides high-performance strapping system solutions to a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, warehousing, corrugated, food, graphic arts, mailing, fulfillment, logistics, wood, and other industrial or consumer goods. The company combines innovative equipment with strapping materials manufactured to maximize machine performance, and customer support programs that help customers meet their performance and productivity goals. EAM-Mosca is headquartered in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, USA, and was founded in 1982. Manufacturing facilities are located in Hazle Township and Ontario, Canada. Sales and service offices are located throughout North America, along with distributors and contract service providers in Central and South America, and sales/services offices in Monterrey, Mexico.
To learn more about any of EAM-Mosca’s other productivity enhancing strapping systems, please call us at 800-456-3420, or email us at info(at)eammosca(dot)com. You can also connect with EAM-Mosca on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn via the company’s website, http://www.eammosca.com.