Wexxar/BEL Introduces Major Enhancements to their Highly Acclaimed Automatic Case Taper and Hot Melt Glue Case Sealer at Pack Expo 2017

Wexxar/BEL, powered by Pro Mach, introduces at Pack Expo, Sept. 25-27 in Las Vegas, key advancements to its top selling automatic case taping and sealing solutions – the BEL 250 pressure-sensitive taper and the BEL 270 hot melt glue sealer. The upgrades to these 20 case per minute (CPM) machines reduce the complexity and time associated with maintenance, speed up changeover, and simplify operation. (Wexxar/BEL Pack Expo Booth # C-2827)

From hours to minutes to service the folders

The innovative Wexxar/BEL Snap Folder System reduces the footprint of the company’s tapers and sealers by eliminating the need for guarding, and it improves worker safety. Prior to this upgrade, servicing this critical system required a series of complex steps that also necessitated machine readjustment at the end of the process. Now, maintenance personnel simply stand next to the BEL 250 or BEL 270, pop off the top, and replace bearings or perform other routine maintenance. Because of this change, the machine is ready to resume taping or sealing within minutes as opposed to what previously could have required hours. “With this and other upgrades to the BEL 250/270 platform, we’ve made it faster for our customers to go from downtime to uptime and improve taper or sealer utilization,” says Sander Smith, Wexxar/BEL product manager.

Simpler operation leads to faster changeover

Wexxar/BEL design engineers performed a comprehensive reimagining of how today’s diverse workforce interacts with the company’s equipment to achieve optimum throughput. The BEL 250/270 platform now features more intuitive user control, including quick-change color-coded components and graphic rather than text-based on-machine instructions and labels. Based consumer testing, says Smith, “Color coding and quick-change components are foundational for simpler operation.”

Greater resistance to wear leads to longer service life

For longer service life and resistance to wear, rugged stainless steel, aluminum, and ultra-high-molecular-weight (UHMW) polyethylene-based parts were incorporated throughout the BEL 250/270 platform, replacing many of the less durable materials such as plated-mild-steel components, which can corrode when scratched.

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