Matrix Apollo™ Servo-Driven Intermittent High Speed bagger


Watch the Matrix Apollo servo driven intermittent high speed bagger in action. This fast machine offers high packaging speeds while accommodating numerous bag styles, including flat bottom and gusseted style. It features Matrix’s advanced servo motion control of the film pull belts and the end-seal jaws for smoother and faster operation than ever before.

Hello, I'm Mike Crummy, an engineer at Matrix Packaging Machinery. Today, I'm here to talk about some of the new features we've added to our Apollo machine.

One of the most important features is the ability to set up the machine quickly. Changeover time is downtime, so we've added some automatic controlled axes to the critical motion areas of the machine. For example, when a forming tube is changed out, we can quickly revert to the original settings that were used when the original forming tube was run. This prevents an operator from needing tools, reduces the risk of making costly mistakes during setup, and ultimately saves time and money. There's also the added benefit of less wasted packaging film.

The control of this feature is done through the touchscreen. All of the recipes contain the data for the position of the axes that are automatically being controlled. These axes can then be adjusted live in real time during the running of the machine to optimize for particular conditions that may take place during the packaging day. Once that information has been optimized, it's saved in the recipe for easy retrieval. The axes themselves are using small servo motors, providing a powerful, repeatable, and reliable solution for motion positioning.

In the rear of the machine, we have axes that help set up the position of the registration, which is always a critical function when printing on bags. We can move the registration forward and backward, as well as left or right, through the same servo technology motors. The edge guide system is also controlled by the same approach. We're using a small drive unit down here that allows you to control the position of the film relative to the former for automatic positioning. This would be the position that it would be in during a changeover. Once you have the new tooling in place, it simply moves into the correct location, saving the operator a great deal of time.