The Mosca new corrosion-resistant EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6-VA strapping machine with side sealing unit was developed specially for the food industry. It is well-equipped for use both in extreme conditions, such as on board seagoing vessels, or in automated food production lines, where it reliably straps packages such as food-filled PVC or polystyrene boxes. The EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6-VA’s standard equipment includes the patented SoniXs ultrasonic sealing unit. The side-mounted sealing unit is less susceptible to contamination from falling particles. The positioning of the sealing unit and the use of high-quality stainless-steel components therefore meet the highest demands on hygiene and reliability when securing foodstuffs for transport.
“During the development of the EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6-VA, we had the needs of the food industry, such as maximum hygiene and safety, in mind,” says Timo Mosca, Chief Executive Officer of Mosca GmbH. “The use of stainless steel has absolutely proved its worth in the packaging of fresh food such as meat or fish, but also in the handling of other sensitive food stuffs. But other factors, such as high reliability, also play an important role”. That is why Mosca has combined high stainless-steel quality with the construction of a real success model, the EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6, to create the new machine.
“We launched the EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6 in the spring of 2016. It has since developed into a top seller in the small equipment sector,” says Mosca. One decisive advantage of the EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6 is the side sealing unit. The patented ultrasonic sealing unit is located laterally, not below the products to be strapped, making it less susceptible to contamination from falling particles such as ice, foodstuffs, or polystyrene from the boxes. With its corrosion-resistant stainless steel, the newly developed EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6-VA is an unbeatable combination for the food industry: “The machine is easy to clean with a water jet and works absolutely reliably even under adverse conditions, such as in damp or salty environments,” says Mosca. At the same time, maintenance or replacement of individual components is easy: the machine’s modular design and the open Standard 6 design of the sealing unit and strap path allow tool-free component removal or replacement.
Patented SoniXs technology for high reliability
The patented SoniXs ultrasonic technology also contributes to the high reliability of the corrosion-resistant machine. Unlike classic heat welding sealing head units, the ultrasonic sealing unit does not seal the ends of the strapping material thermally, but with ultrasonic waves. “SoniXs technology offers decisive advantages, especially for the food industry,” explains Andreas Ding, Mosca Product Manager. “No heat is used to melt the strap. No vapors are produced which could have a negative effect on sensitive packaged goods.” Another advantage of the sealing unit is that it does not generate any thermal heat during strapping of polystyrene boxes: Polystyrene beads that abrade from the box do not melt on the sealing unit and therefore cannot reduce its performance.
Easy integration into existing lines
Mosca designed the EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6-VA for use in fully automated production lines. Mosca offers in-house conveying technique involving plastic link chains installed in a stainless-steel frame. The EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6-VA is controlled by Mosca’s own MSCB-1 real-time controller, which is also used in fully automated strapping machines.
Additional options ensure maximum efficiency
Optional components for the EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6-VA, such as a double strap dispenser, further increase its efficiency. The automatic double strap dispenser supplies the machine with two strap coils: When one expires, the other automatically connects – almost seamlessly. This saves 80 percent of the time required for a traditional coil change. The empty coil can then be replaced by a production employee at a suitable time.
The EVOLUTION SoniXs MS-6-VA’s tandem back-up functionality also wins over customers who require double strapping in areas where machine breakdown would be a knock-out criterion. To achieve these results, two strapping machines are connected in series. Each machine straps the package only once, considerably increasing throughput. Should one of the two fail unexpectedly, the other automatically switches to double strapping, and there is no standstill on the line.