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A stickpack machine combines both laser scoring and marking capabilities for easy opening and lower operating costs.

A stickpack machine combines both laser scoring and marking capabilities for easy opening and lower operating costs.
A stickpack machine combines both laser scoring and marking capabilities for easy opening and lower operating costs.

Matrix, powered by Pro Mach, offers laser scoring and marking combined in one system on the Inever BY300 multilane stickpack machine. The BY300 is ideal for low-to-medium production of quality stickpack seals for dosing powders, granules, solids, liquids, and pastes.

A patented CO2 laser-based system with an estimated operating life exceeding 45,000 hours performs both scoring and marking operations. The score line is perfectly straight across the stickpack and produces a consistently precise tear. The laser scores the outermost layer of film without damaging the inner layer. The score line facilitates the straight-line tear.
 
Laser scoring and marking can be used on paper, plastic, and coated treatments. According to the vendor, laser marking is a sought-after marking technology due to its low lifecycle cost, well defined and precisely placed images, and flexibility in terms of text, graphics, photos, and barcodes. It is also a clean process that does not require solvents.

Output ranges from 150 stickpacks/min for a three-lane operation to 350 stickpacks/min with seven lanes. Widths range from 1.8 in. for a three-lane operation to 0.67 in. for seven lanes. Lengths range from 1.18 in. to 8 in. The BY300 can also be specified with ink-jet or thermal printing and embossed coding for variable data.

The BY300 features PLC control, brushless servomotors, and a touchscreen HMI. The machine’s rugged ergonomic design lends itself to easy cleaning and low maintenance. Available options include the following:

• Dust aspiration for powders

• Collating/counting conveyors for cartoning

• Integrated top-load or end-load cartoning

• Mechanical cam drive

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