PERFORMANCE, PACKAGED

New Line of Axon Shrink Sleeve Applicators Incorporates Latest Technology and Open Standards

Sep 28, 2010

Raleigh, NC - Axon, a division of ProMach, will introduce a new generation of mandrel style shrink sleeve applicators at Pack Expo 2010 in Chicago in Booth #S-851. The first two machines in the new Aurora(TM) applicator line offer speeds of 150 and 300 sleeves per minute, respectively, as well as the integration and operational advantages of the industry standard Packaging Machinery Language (PackML).

"The Aurora line incorporates state-of-the-art mechanical design with PackML programming and Allen-Bradley control technologies," said Brad Wegner, vice president and general manager of Axon. "This combination of design, programming, and control significantly shortened overall product development time, created an easily customizable modular platform, and resulted in high-performance servo-controlled applicators at world class price points."

Along with an extensive list of standard features, Axon offers a host of options for both Aurora units. This means customers only pay for the custom features their operations require.

Wegner said the company's focus on PackML was a key cost and performance strategy in the development of the Aurora line. PackML helped Axon software engineers create master programs that enable customization and shorten time to market. PackML standards simplify packaging machine operation and maintenance. PackML also helps to ensure faster and more trouble free integration with other PackML-based machines on the line.

The Aurora Prime model offers 150 sleeves per minute speed and Aurora Premium provides 300 sleeves per minute depending on the size and shape of the container. Lay flat sleeve size for both machines is from 50 to 200 mm, and cut length is from 35 to 200 mm. Material gauge is 40-70 microns and 1.3-3 mils. The applicators use Allen-Bradley color touch screen HMIs, PLCs, and communication hardware. Axon will also be demonstrating at Pack Expo Allen-Bradley's InSite services, which offers end users a suite of remote monitoring capabilities including surveillance, diagnostics, administration, knowledge, optimization, and visualization.

For more information on the innovative new Aurora line of shrink sleeve applicators, call 1-800-598-8601 and visit www.axoncorp.com to learn more about the company's heat-shrink labeling, tamper-evident banding, and stretch-sleeving equipment.

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ProMach is a family of best-in-class packaging and processing solution brands serving manufacturers of all sizes and geographies in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, and household and industrial goods industries. ProMach brands operate across the entire production line: filling, bottling and capping, decorative labeling, flexibles and trays, pharma, handling and sterilizing, labeling and coding, and robotics and end of line. ProMach also provides systems and integration including turnkey solutions, design/build, engineering services, and productivity software to optimize production line design and deliver maximum uptime.

ProMach designs, manufactures, integrates, and supports the most sophisticated and advanced packaging and processing solutions in the global marketplace. Its diverse customer base, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, privately-held businesses worldwide, depends on reliable, flexible, technologically advanced equipment and integrated solutions. ProMach is headquartered near Cincinnati, Ohio, with manufacturing facilities and offices throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. For more information about ProMach, visit www.ProMachBuilt.com and for more information on ProMach Careers, visit www.ProMachCareers.com.