Flight Bar Wrapping System
Supplier: EDL Packaging Engineers, Inc. Part Number FBA 28-12
EDL’s Flight Bar Wrapping System is ruggedly designed for multi-shift use. It is well
suited for traditionally unstable products such as aerosol containers, personal care
products, cans, cartons, and other small diameter or very light containers. EDL’s Flight
Bar System offers total flexibility and product control for trayed and trayless product
collations. In the example shown above we are wrapping spice canisters.
Why an EDL Flight Bar Wrapping System?
The Flight Bar maintains better control of the product and pulls film tighter around
collations than other traditional shrink bundlers. This unique ability can help save as
much as 10% on film, due to the film is pulled tighter around the pack before shrinking,
and less energy is required to shrink the film to achieve an attractive pack. Aside for the
obvious savings in film and energy, there is also less heat used and the system can
therefore overcome issues with heat sensitive products or labels.
The Flight Bar system operates by utilizing an indexing Flight Bar to ‘gather’ the product
– trayed or trayless – and carrying it into the seal position. Unlike other flight bar feeding
mechanisms that retract as the product is pushed through the film, EDL’s Flight Bar
carries the product right through the film, thereby maintaining control of light or unstable
products at all times. The Flight Bar actually carries the seal anvil, against which the
seal jaw engages to create a snug sleeve of film around the product or collation. The
film is metered out using controlled tension and, combined with the seal being in
immediate proximity to the product, a snug sleeve is created. Once, the seal is complete
the Flight Bar again indexes and gently moves the collated product to the Shrink Tunnel
Conveyor. The fact that the Flight Bar (with seal anvil) never loses contact with the
product is what makes the system well suited to very unstable or lightweight products.
Variations on the Flight Bar method of bundling include Tuck-and-Fold Side Seals for
total enclosure without the need for a Shrink Tunnel, Twin Stream systems for higher
throughput applications and systems with removable collators to allow for trayed or
trayless operation. The Flight Bar is also very
flexible for co-packing operations as any product that fits between the flights can be
accommodated at random with no changeover, regardless of length or height.
Features and Benefits of the EDL Flight Bar Wrapping System:
• Film savings of 10%
• Effective and cost efficient means of unitizing products for multi-packs or
bundling them for transport and storage purposes
• Pulls collated products tightly together, producing a uniform shaped pack
• Quick changeover
• Energy Efficient Shrink Tunnel - saves energy and keeps operating costs down
• Allows random pack sizes to be wrapped (within the size limitations of the film)
for maximum flexibility
• Bull’s Eye Enclosure with Shrink
• Total Enclosure by Tuck and Fold Side Sealers
• Total Enclosure by Side Seal Jaws
Applications Well Suited For This Machine:
• Trayed and Trayless products running on same line
• Heat Sensitive Products
• Extremely Lightweight Products
• Price Club Packs
• Fulfillment Packagers
• Contract Packaging
• Will wrap packs requiring up to 28” film width, up to 24” length and up to 12” high, can be
• modified to run longer products.
• Speed of up to 15 - 20 packs per minute (dependent on pack size)
• Standard electrical supply of 460 volts, 3-phase, 60 Hz
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