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Americas: Strapping machine for packaging seafood

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EAM-Mosca Corporation presented the ROMS6-VA-Sonixs stainless steel side seal strapping machine for cold/wet environments typically found in seafood and animal protein applications at the Pacific Marine Expo held this month in the US.

The machine is built primarily from high grade stainless steel, with very low carbon content to resist corrosion from salt spray environments.

Other key components are made from treated aluminum, brass and plastics.

The machine is classified as IP56.

It is the International Ingress Protection or International Protection ratings which are defined to the international standard of EN 60529 (British BS EN 60529:1992, European IEC 60509:1989).

These standards are used to define the levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign bodies such as dirt and water.

Beyond high-corrosion resistance, the machine has been configured for superior performance in the challenging processing environments associated with the seafood and animal protein markets.

The strap-feed wheel is knurled for positive engagement with strapping that is typically stiffer and more prone to slip than normal, due to the operating environment.

The strap cutting knife is chrome plated for a longer use life.

The sonotrode, ultra-sonic welding device is specially coated to prevent any external impacts on strap seal consistency.

These components are assembled into the Mosca Standard 6 Strapway, featuring Mosca’s proprietary Sonixs ultra-sonic sealing head and a closed strap feed track.

The Sonixs ultra-sonic seal does not require warm-up and does not generate smoke or emissions.

It also assesses sealing conditions and adjusts parameters to optimize seal integrity, on each strap cycle.

The MS6-VA-Sonixs side sealer is offered in track openings of 650 mm by 600 mm.

The machine can be built into a third party conveyor line or can include a stainless steel constructed power conveyor from Mosca to control package movement through the strapping zone.

It can be operator cycled or integrated into a fully automatic process.

The system can operate with strapping ranging from 5 mm to 12 mm wide, using either polypropylene or PET strapping.