Gordian Strapping has supplied two turnkey end-of-line packaging systems to TE Connectivity at their Energy Division UK office in Witham, Essex. TE Connectivity Ltd, formerly Tyco Electronics Ltd, designs and manufactures connectivity and sensor solutions for a variety of industries including automotive, industrial equipment, data communication systems, aerospace, defense, medical, oil and gas, consumer electronics, energy and subsea communications. The company serves customers in more than 150 countries.
Gordian supplied two packaging lines, each consisting of an Automatic Case Sealer and an Automatic Strapping Machine, along with powered infeed and gravity outfeed conveyors. The equipment was part of a continuous programme for their Kitting Lines.
Prior to installing the new equipment, TE Connectivity was hand taping boxes before dispatching them to customers worldwide. Introducing an automated case sealing and strapping operation greatly improved pack security and increased overall operating efficiency of the lines.
Kits are assembled upstream in corrugated boxes and then fed into the P25 Automatic Random Case sealer, which has the ability to apply tape to the top and bottom flaps. Once the top flaps have been closed and sealed, powered roller conveyors feed the packs into the StraPack RQ-8A FB6 automatic strapper which applies a pre-designated number of straps.
The RQ-8A is compatible with conveyor speeds of up to 30m/ min. Features include Easy Strap Loading (no need to remove the machine from the conveyor line to the change strap coil); Self-Diagnostic Function, Variable Tension up to 80kg, and Self-Correcting Technology (if the machine is operated without a pack in place, the strap forms a loop which is ejected from the sealing unit. The machine then re-feeds ready for the next cycle).
“We needed a quick response, both on the initial quotation and the installation. We also wanted to work with a Company that could offer a turnkey solution. Gordian ticked all the boxes." comments Russell Lagden, Manufacturing Engineering Manager at TE Connectivity.
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