Sharp Packaging Systems introduces a new line of MAX
continuous roll bagging systems. The MAX systems include three models, MAX 12™, MAX 20™ and
MAX Plus™, all of which automatically package products for any type of manufacturing facility.
The new line integrates an optional Videojet DataFlex® Plus thermal transfer printer. All machines
have an HMI, which is a networkable touchscreen PC running Windows® 7 embedded plus an
Allen-Bradley Micrologix 1400 PLC. Like all Sharp machines, parts are nonproprietary, available
off-the-shelf. The MAX 12 accommodates bags up to 12” wide and the MAX 20, up to 20” wide. These two
models are quite similar and differ only in the width of the bags they can handle. The MAX Plus is
the most mechanically advanced of the three models.
The MAX bagging system indexes Sharp’s specialty E-Z Bag®, then feeds it through the machine
where it is opened, filled with a product and sealed. The new system features a constantly heated
sealing mechanism, developed by Sharp’s engineers, which offers a longer life than impulse
mechanisms used by other manufacturers.
Faster, More Efficient Printing
The new system integrates the Videojet DataFlex Plus, a thermal transfer printer that imprints bar
codes, graphics and alphanumeric fonts directly on the package. This printer is at least 50% faster
than those used by other manufacturers, and can increase throughput dramatically.
The printer is
built into the machine and features a moveable printing head that can be set to precise positions,
based on package size. With this approach, the machine prints the bags in order, eliminating
queuing of bags, which reduces scrap and saves on material cost. There are also significant
savings in ribbon consumption due to advance impression placement features.
The controls for the printer are viewed directly on the bagger HMI. There is no longer a need to
manage multiple monitors or displays for the bagger and printing system. It is possible to control,
recall stored labels or even create labels directly on the single HMI. Also included are detailed
ribbon consumption tools with a gauge that displays how much ribbon remains. You can even
view the predicted day and time the installed ribbon will be exhausted, based upon current
Network Accessible Control Architecture
The HMI, printer and PLC can be networked, so they can be accessed at any time from almost
anywhere. Remote label printing, production reporting and SCADA (supervisory control and data
acquisition) control are just a few of the possibilities with the new MAX bagging system.
Automation Controls Done Right
Sharp baggers include closed loop sensor feedback for all critical motions. This approach allows
the bagger cycle times to be minimized and provides advanced real-time diagnostic tools. Sharp
baggers use an ultra-quiet digital Stepper Drive to control the film feed and deliver smooth and
precise control of the web. Sharp engineers can provide custom design and programming
services to enhance the machine’s capabilities even further.
The self-diagnostic tools have been completely revamped. If a fault occurs, the HMI displays a
message with an explanation of what happened, why it may have happened and possible
solutions in order to correct it. The operator and service manuals, along with component
identification, are accessible from the HMI. There is also an interactive help file system that is
intuitive and provides the desired information quickly and easily.