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Automated Packaging Systems launched its Autobag AB 255 large
bagging system this month. The company claims that the AB 255
provides improved operation efficiencies for bags up to 16 inches
wide, including faster operating speeds, enhanced reliability,
built-in diagnostics, and minimised downtime.

The new Autobag AB 255​ is capable of bagging at speeds up to 55 bags per minute, with automatic fill and seal operations. Package size changeovers can be achieved in less than 2 minutes using Autobag Bag-on-a-Roll performed bags. This new bagger has been designed and engineered as an integrated system with ergonomic enhancements that improve ease of use, operator comfort, and machine efficiency.

"The Autobag AB 255 has been engineered from the ground up to improve productivity in wide bag applications,"​ said Doug Ellis, Automated Packaging Systems national marketing manager. "This new system will allow customers to automate many previously manual operations, including cables, harnesses, and materials packaging. We also expect the unit to streamline medium to large volume fulfillment operations."

Indeed, the company claims that the AB 255 represents the next generation of bagging equipment. An innovative E-box includes all the electronic controls in a single location with modular Replace-n-Repair components for fast plug-in replacement. According to the company, this means that if a technical problem should occur, the machine needs to be down for only minutes rather than hours or even days.

A large, interactive AutoTouch control screen provides quick and easy access to stored jobs and new set-up parameters. The system's high capacity memory makes multiple job storage easy. Operators are able to monitor production parameters and access diagnostic functions to quickly evaluate and rectify packaging errors. The control screen is also moveable for easy viewing from any angle, and can be prompted to display one of five different languages.

A friction carrier belt design and powered unwind feature provides positive web alignment and tension control for accurate registration and bag positioning. The AutoThread function provides fast and easy bag changeovers without the need to open the machine, says the company.

The operating system contains powerful built-in diagnostic software to help operators identify, record and correct specific errors or technical conditions such as low air pressure, out of bags, pre-set count reached. This avoids the need to strip down machines to diagnose problems.

The Autobag AB 255 is available with optional printer accessories. The PI 412cw is an in-line thermal printer that combines label printing into the bagging process with alphanumeric, text, and barcode information, plus graphic capabilities. This programmable unit prints virtually all bar codes and type fonts available today, and up to 8 megabytes of stored graphic designs. The PI 412cw will print at speeds up to 12 inches per second and includes a 16-inch wide carriage.

The product will be available from February 2004. Automated Packaging Systems operates a manufacturing plant in Malvern, UK and a distribution network throughout Europe.

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