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LiquidMaster Standard Features

Every standard feature on the LiquidMaster serves to achieve the following goals:

  • Maximize product throughput
  • Maximize machine uptime
  • Minimize maintenance
  • Minimize film loss

Each of the features stands on its own as a benefit, but when combined with other critical features, the above is realized year after year of continuous production.

Machine Housing

Features

  • IP65 heavy-duty, non-tubular, fully welded stainless steel machine frame and housing
  • Cleaned and polished continuous welds
  • No open holes or exposed threads
  • Stainless steel fasteners throughout machine
  • Stainless steel machine feet, no exposed threads
  • Pressurized machine housing

Benefits

  • Sanitary design prohibits bacterial growth
  • Withstands aggressive sanitation procedures
  • Pressurization helps prevent water ingress

Front Plate

Features

  • One-piece 20mm thick stainless steel front plate

Benefits

  • Extremely strong and stable platform for mounting the forming set, vertical seal station, film draw down belts, squeeze rollers, and horizontal seal jaws
  • Eliminates flexing of the front plate due to the combined weight and inertia of the above components
  • Increased bearing life
  • Increased shaft life
  • Minimizes preventative maintenance
  • Maximizes machine uptime

Electrical Cabinet

Features

  • IP66 washdown execution
  • Pressurized
  • Offset from machine housing
  • Cabling runs through offset mounts
  • Sloped top
  • Top overhangs doors
  • Channeled door openings
  • Heavy-duty chemical resistant gaskets

Benefits

  • Withstands aggressive sanitation procedures
  • Pressurization helps prevent water ingress
  • Offset mount prohibits bacterial growth between electrical cabinet and machine housing
  • Superior design with overhanging sloped top, channeled door openings, and heavy-duty chemical resistant gaskets

Overhead Product Catch Tray

Features

  • Stainless steel construction, sloped, with drain

Benefits

  • Protects machine, film, and printer during operation and clean-up

Powered Film Roll Unwind

Features

  • Laser-controlled
  • Laser reads exact position of dancer bar and sends signal to ACVFD
  • ACVFD accelerates or decelerates film spindle rotation

Benefits

  • Positive control of the film spindle keeps precise tension on the film
  • Reduces film stress and slippage
  • Reduces out of specification bags
  • Minimizes film loss
  • Maximizes machine uptime

Film Spindle

Features

  • 6” film spindle
  • Cantilever design (280 machine)
  • Low loading position of film roll
  • Numerical scale for film roll positioning
  • Film roll positioning locking collar
  • Tool-less changeover

Benefits

  • Fast, easy, and consistent film roll changes
  • Ergonomic loading position of film roll
  • Minimizes film loss
  • Maximizes machine uptime

Low Film Detection

Features

  • IP66 sensor
  • Detects when film roll is running low, a message is displayed on the HMI, and the yellow light on tower stack light is actuated

Benefits

  • Alerts operator to low film supply condition
  • Maximizes machine uptime

Manual Splice Table

Features

  • Stainless steel execution
  • If the film roll runs out, the tension on the dancer bar released, and the machine stops automatically
  • The pneumatic clamping cylinders automatically fire the top clamping bar to hold the old film in place on the splice table so it does not run out through the machine
  • Tape head and positioning arm for manually splicing the two film rolls

Benefits

  • Fast and easy film roll changes
  • Minimizes film loss
  • Maximizes machine uptime

Printer Frame

Features

  • Stainless steel execution
  • Tooless handwheel position adjustments with numerical readouts

Benefits

  • No anodized aluminum
  • Fast, easy, and consistent tooless changeovers
  • Minimizes film loss
  • Maximizes machine uptime

Print Registration

Features

  • IP66 photoeye
  • Capable of running printed/registered film
  • Tooless handwheel position adjustment with numerical readout

Benefits

  • Fast, easy, and consistent tooless changeovers
  • Minimizes film loss
  • Maximizes machine uptime

Automatic Film Tracking

Features

  • IP66 infrared sensor
  • The entire film feed carriage from the film roll to the forming collar moves
  • Instantaneous film tracking adjustments
  • Tooless position adjustment for changeovers
  • Drive motor mounted inside the machine housing

Benefits

  • Minimizes out of spec bags by maintaining the integrity of the vertical seal to help eliminate leakers
  • Fast, easy, and consistent tooless changeovers
  • Minimizes film loss
  • Maximizes machine uptime

Forming Set

Features

  • Stainless steel execution
  • 27° collar angle coming off last roller
  • Tooless changeover

Benefits

  • Gentle angle reduces film stress
  • Gentle angle reduces film slippage
  • Gentle angle increases collar life while running heavier gauge films typically found in liquid operations
  • Minimizes out of spec bags by maintaining the integrity of the eye mark position when running printed film
  • Fast and easy changeovers
  • Less film waste
  • Maximizes machine uptime

Film Drive Belts

Features

  • Servo-driven vacuum-assist film drive belts
  • Each belt is independently driven
  • Piab vacuum pump
  • Large contact surface area to film
  • Automatic alignment with forming tube flats
  • Tooless belt replacement

Benefits

  • Precise film draw down
  • Vacuum-assist is especially useful in wet environments, avoids film slippage
  • Positive control of heavier gauge films typically found in liquid operations
  • Minimizes film loss
  • Maximizes machine uptime

Vertical Seal Station

Features

  • Servo-driven, direct drive
  • Synchronized with the film drive belts
  • Open access design with tooless release mechanism
  • Tooless adjustment
  • Tooless band replacement

Benefits

  • Quick and easy access for changeovers, maintenance, and cleaning
  • Quick and easy band replacement
  • Quick, easy, and consistent adjustment during changeovers
  • Minimizes film loss
  • Maximizes machine uptime

Tower Stack Light

Features

  • Alerts operator and surrounding personnel to machine operating status and conditions

Benefits

  • Safer machine operation
  • Alerts can prepare operator for upcoming conditions (i.e. low film roll supply)
  • Maximizes machine uptime

eWon Module

Features

  • Provides remote diagnostic capabilities

Benefits

  • Helps eliminate the need for a service technician visit
  • Minimizes machine downtime