Canadian Packaging

Strapping machine targets the corrugated industry

New SCU-8 strapping machine for the corrugated industry allows for faster production speeds.


July 19, 2012
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Samuel Strapping Systems, a Mississauga, Ont.-headquartered manufacturer of state-of-the-art strapping and unitizing equipment, has released a new advanced SCU-8 strapping machine for the corrugated industry.

The precision features of the SCU-8 include an externally located programming port, external tension adjustment, and redundant safety relay contacts, in addition to a Rockwell Automation Allen-Bradley CompactLogix programmable logic controller (PLC) with Ethernet connectivity.

This newest model provides for faster production speeds, using up to four strapping heads, an optional feature that answers customer demand.

Like the earlier version of model SCU-8 that it replaces, this is a tough machine made of rugged materials and with very few wearing parts-the fewest in the industry. It comes out ahead of all competitive models that handle corrugated unitizing and strapping due to its reliability and user-friendly programmable controller. With the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) controls, this strapping system can interface with any standard conveyor equipment.

Additionally, the new SCU-8 is designed to exceed current electrical safety requirements, including arc flash compliance.

Customers can choose polyester or polypropylene strapping in 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, or other widths and gauges. The strap feed is from the side of the machine, so the operator never needs to compromise safety by climbing out on the conveyor. The strap track features rugged stainless steel flappers and fully enclosed corners—an attention to detail that provides the corrugated industry a machine with high reliability that improves efficiency.

“Both the old SCU-8 and new models of the machine have been tested in the field, installed in numerous corrugated plants across North America,” says Samuel Strapping Systems marketing manager Ryan Van Horne. “We’ve had machines in the field for 20-plus years, and they are running effectively and efficiently to this day. The newest model is a user-friendly machine that you can troubleshoot yourself.”

The SCU-8‘s framework is made of heavy-duty structural steel that will withstand a lifetime of use. The heavy steel platen and reinforced under-conveyor supports allow high compression forces of 1,000 to 8,000 lbs. on corrugated loads. Higher levels are an option.

The machine can be configured with two to four Samuel VK20 strapping heads that are globally-recognized for its reliability and ease of use. The VK20 features:

  • simple, rugged, 3-phase AC motor direct drive;
  • no clutches, belts, or chains;
  • the fewest wearing parts in the industry;
  • extremely reliable heat-seal technology;
  • pivoting head mount to allow for quick in-platen cleaning.

With its reliability and efficiency, the SCU-8 has the lowest cost of ownership in the industry.

About Samuel Strapping Systems

Samuel Strapping Systems is a single-source supplier of all packaging and unitizing needs, for virtually all industries. We are customer- and market-driven, focusing on timely, value-added packaging solutions to satisfy the current and future needs of our customers.
 For more information, click on www.samuelstrapping.com.