FLEXLINK Systems has installed its dynamic diverter for handling household towel at SCA Hygiene Australasia (SCA HA) consumer division's manufacturing site in Box Hill, Victoria. The system transports and reorients household towels from the wrapping machine to the bundler.
It had to be flexible enough to accommodate all of the company's products, which come in many different roll dimensions and packaging formats. To meet the capacity requirements of the new machines, the company also needed to increase production rates without causing instability or damaging the product.
The diverter accelerates and separates the flow of rolls from the wrapping machine and distributes them evenly between the input lanes of the bundler. Up to five output lanes can be employed, depending on bundle size and configuration. Rolls are diverted on the fly, which eliminates the need to clamp or accumulate products.
The resulting reduction in conveyor speed and accumulation areas minimises the risk of damage to the product while optimising machine uptime. This enabled SCA HA to increase their capacity to up to 220 packs a minute.
Flexlink’s double wedge conveyor gently elevates and upends packs 90° to ensure the correct orientation for the bundler. By raising the packaging line, operators and maintenance staff were provided with safe, easy access to the production area.