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GM Vauxhall Motors

Basingstoke based Gordian Strapping has supplied an RQ-8Y Side Seal Automatic Strapping Machine to GM Vauxhall Motors.

The bespoke machine which incorporates a tapeless box closing mechanism on the in-feed, was part of a state-of-the-art system solution implemented by European Conveyor Systems at GM Vauxhall Motors Aftersales plant in Chalton, Bedfordshire.

European Conveyor Systems are one of the leading specialists in package and pallet handling conveyor and material handling systems, providing solutions for a wide range of warehousing, distribution and production operations in a variety of industries.

Having worked with Gordian Strapping on previous projects, European Conveyor Systems had no hesitation in selecting a StraPack RQ-8Y Automatic Strapping Machine as part of their recommendation to GM Vauxhall Motors, which also includes a case erector, check weigher and labeller.

The RQ-8Y was chosen for its reliability and speed and the fact that it is designed for a non-skilled operative to use. Ready to operate in less than 25 seconds, it achieves speeds of up to 35 straps per minute. The machine has only a minimum amount of moving parts with permanently lubricated mechanisms, thus reducing wear and tear and increasing operational life. The Self- Correcting Function is particularly crucial where time is of the essence. If the machine is operated without a package on the table, the strap forms a small loop which is ejected from the sealing unit, thus leaving the machine ready for the next cycle. Other standard features include auto strap refeed, variable strap tension (up to 80kg) and a self-diagnostic function. Finally, the Auto Shut- Off function ensures that the machine enters standby mode after 3 minutes thereby saving energy.

Phil Hollis, Facilities & Maintenance Supervisor of GM Worldwide Facilities commented; “when presented with the idea of an automated strapping machine, a tentative approach was taken. Now in place, the Gordian Strapping machine is fast, reliable, easy to use and has minimal maintenance requirements that give me peace of mind”.

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