Shrink Wrap Systems
Discover a New Level of Performance & Simplicity with OPTX™ Shrink Wrap Systems
OPTX shrink wrap systems offer exceptional performance and the best finished package appearance and durability available. Simplicity is the backbone of this platform, consistently producing high productivity from the machine and the personnel who operate and maintain it. OPTX offers a full spectrum of innovative features that maximize speed, reliability and flexibility – ideal for beverage and food industries.
Design investments achieved best-in-class combinations of high performance and elegant simplicity. OPTX offers more.
- OPTX SPS-80: up to 80 cycles per minute
- OPTX SPS-105: up to 105 cycles per minute
- Tray/shrink solutions and optional film-only or pad capability
- Single stream with optional multi-stream capability
- Simple and repeatable changeovers
- Side mounted film stand assures proper ergonomics and adds convenience for film loading and splicing
- Flexible servo driven wrapping wand provides exceptional film control
- Shrink tunnels utilizing XACT 360™ Air Control Technology are engineered using computational fluid dynamics, providing laminar air flow and balanced heat distribution that results in optimal durability and visual appeal for every package
- Mass flow or individual lane infeed solutions to suit round and square shaped products.
- Smartrak infeeds optimize product flow, controlling product surge and lane population. Its tool-less and pinned lane adjustment method provides stable operation and quick, accurate changeovers.
- Optional SmartSelect™ provides automated lane position changeover. Infinite adjustment positions capable of being set for mass flow or laned products.
- Product optimized lane guide design and vibratory options address product bridging/binding.
Fast, repeatable changeover feature offers multiple enhancements.
Changeover time – significantly reduces time to less than 5 minutes (time of changeover is dependent on extent of changeover)
Repeatability – rail positions are recipe-driven and locked in place to within +/- 1/32″
Flexibility – ability to place lanes where desired as opposed to centerline or fixed side adjustments and more customer options for generating product-specific recipes
Durability – infeed rail’s holding force can withstand high product pressure
Ergonomics – minimizing manual adjustments maximizes efficiency and promotes safety in the work environment
OPTX™ provides the simplicity and control that operators and maintenance personnel desire.
- To increase flexibility, OPTX metering systems handle round containers and square shaped products including cartons and bundles with simple changeover. Solutions include variable path robotic metering, with its innovative simplicity over conventional pin metering systems, and Slipstream pinless metering system.
- Optimizing product stability and size range flexibility, full width conveyors span the grouping section.
- For efficient transfer of product groups to sweep bars, acceleration of product groupings is controlled.
- Unmatched visual and physical access is provided for changeover and routine operation, a result of having no roller chains under the product, no individual lane transport chains and adjustments, and overhead supported lane guides requiring no disassembly.
Variable Path Metering
Intuitive operation physically registers leading edge of product groups and controls group separation from incoming flow.
- Recipe setting of product group length and controlled separation
- Dual overhead pin bars register and release product groups of round products
- A simple change to straight bars and recipe control of a variable position transfer point positively meters groups of cartons, bundles and square cornered containers
- Changeover is simplified with open access to 2 registration bars, unobstructed lane guide adjustments, and recipe selection
Slipstream™ Pinless Metering
Incorporating slip sheet methodology and technologies managing incoming line pressures, Slipstream Pinless metering manages incoming line pressures for highly accurate product registration and more.
- Provides slip sheet grouping of pack patterns for tray packing
- Run bottles, cartons, cans and more without the use of tampers or escapement pins
- Tool-free changeovers and preprogrammed settings increase productivity
- Ergonomic operator side magazine loading
- Balanced orbital tray feeder motion is engineered for high speed performance, while the cantilevered design offers open access and fewer parts to maintain
- Simplified tray feeder and metering system designs enable lower machine elevation and ease of access
- Seamless merging and loading provides precise control of both product and corrugated materials
Film handling and wrapping
Reliability and simplicity that operations staff favor. Operating tolerance and package quality are the focus of OPTX film handling, with performance enhancing features integrated into every element.
- Ergonomic side mounted film stand and an available automatic film splicer enhance safety and productivity
- Film roller design counteracts wrinkles and overlapping induced by variations in film, improving cutting efficiency and package quality
- Our patented film slit-perforation system enables shrink film tension between packages to control inside bullseye formation when running multi-stream production
- Film cutting efficiency is designed in delivering operation tolerance and simplicity
- Reduced occurrence of uncut film and film transfer issues through the cutter
- Film cutting tension assured by proprietary single nip roller and vacuum table designs with edge-to-edge film control; reduces missed cuts due to tension loss that can occur in designs with dual nip rollers
- Vacuum table provides positive film transfer and control, eliminating the second nip roller and related setup and film transfer issues
- High-speed cutting motion provides consistency, tolerance against film variations, and optimized full-width cutting
- Simplified maintenance and access
- Access for film threading and knife maintenance provided by the single nip roller design
- Sensitivities of setup between dual nip rollers is eliminated
- Automatic drive belt tracking extends belt life
- Self-tensioning vacuum/film-delivery belts
- Reduced occurrence of uncut film and film transfer issues through the cutter
- Precise film delivery and wrapping profiles set the stage for package quality
The ergonomic side film stand simplifies film loading and splicing. The available automatic film splicer delivers precise print registration and heat splicing, reducing critical machine downtime. The easy-access side film stand enables operators to stage clear or printed film, at their convenience, while the machine is running. Staging during operation maximizes production time and minimizes the occurrence of empty film faults. Once the film is staged, no operator attention is needed for splicing. Splicing occurs automatically, providing operators considerable flexibility with work load.
More uptime, more productivity … this option is a great addition to a new OPTX Shrink Wrap System. Its simplicity and convenience provides an efficient work environment for the operator.
The wrapping wand uses quick change circular, elliptical or trapezoidal wand paths, depending on product size range. This results in increased film control. More benefits include a large size range, the ability to accept randomly spaced products and few parts to maintain.
Shrink Tunnels Utilizing XACT 360 Air Control Technology – simply and consistently better packages
With OPTX™ shrink tunnels and exclusive XACT 360 Air Control Technology, enhanced package appearance and durability are achieved with next level simplicity and efficiency. With XACT 360, all OPTX solutions deliver consistently superior finished packages regardless of product type or shape.
Trademarks of a design that produces the most appealing and durable packages, OPTX shrink tunnels maintain gentle, laminar air flow and balanced heat distribution. And with XACT 360 Air Control Technology, OPTX takes it a step further by quickly adjusting with unprecedented simplicity to deliver air exactly where it’s needed for each product, whether single or multi-stream production.
Unprecedented Multi-Stream Performance & Set Up Simplicity
- Heated air from within the tunnel is directed between packages to balance film shrinkage around packages
- Eliminates complex ducting between packages and related adjustments
- Patented design enables shrink tension between packages to shape bullseyes before fully separating packages
- Easy access setup key establishes optimal heat flow through conveyor for film only packaging
XACT 360 Air Control Technology
1 – Heated air is delivered through conveyor chain with laminar flow to bond the lap seal and surround each package 360 degrees
2 – With simple recipe selection, exclusive “air knives” automatically adjust to inject targeted air precisely where needed for specific pack characteristics
3 – Gentle laminar airflow improves package consistency by reducing wrinkle-inducing turbulence in the tunnel
4 – Recycling of cooled air reduces heater loads and minimizes heat loss, while tunnel outer shroud temperatures remain cool to the touch
Reduce energy costs and improve production efficiency with a shorter heat-up time by using gas instead of electricity to heat the shrink wrap tunnel. Tunnel heat from 75°F to 360°F in just 20 minutes. Depending on local energy costs and the type of machine used with the gas tunnel, it is estimated that companies could cut energy costs up to 75%. Contact Douglas to calculate your estimated cost savings.
OPTX SPS-80: up to 80 cycles/minute
OPTX SPS-105: up to 105 cycles/minute
|Product Size Range:||
Minimum: 5″ (127 mm) x 3″ (76 mm) x 9.25″ (235 mm)
Maximum: 13″ (330 mm) x 12″ (305 mm) x 22″ (559 mm)
* Direction of Travel x Vertical x Across Machine
|Film Thickness:||1.5 mil to 3.5 mil printed or non-printed film|
32” (812 mm)
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