Extrusion equipment maker Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. (GEC) has expanded and improved its rebuilding and retrofitting of old bag making machines.
According to Gloucester, Mass.-based GEC, the company can now take a used bottom-seal bag machine of any age, and from any OEM, and upgrade, retrofit, and remanufacture it with the latest servo drive and control package. Rebuilding an old bag machine will increase line performance, productivity and quality, as well as limit downtime, by making it cleaner, safer, quieter, faster, and more accurate.
“Our bag machine rebuilds have always been a popular service that we’ve offered here at Gloucester Engineering,” says Laurent Cros, president of GEC’s Lifetime Support Division. “We’re excited to be able to devote more resources to it now with our enhanced aftermarket division, and we foresee it expanding greatly. It’s already becoming one of our most popular services.”
GEC retrofits include a replacement of all hydraulic components with a 4-axis servo drive package that controls bag length, shuttle motion, web tension, and head travel; a new touchscreen console for machine operation and control; new operator controls with software tools for remote diagnosis, troubleshooting, and recipe storage; refurbished shuttle and idler rollers; and replacements for stub shafts and bearings.