Medical tray sealer upgrades safety features

By Jenni Spinner in Medical Packaging on September 09, 2019

The Aergo 2 Max PLC sealing machine has been upgraded with new and enhanced safety features. Suitable for medical and commercial applications, the sealer is typically used to seal large medical device-type packages with Tyvek lidding, in addition to other various low-volume applications.

The machine from Sonoco Alloyd has a heat plate that automatically lowers after the tray is engaged fully into the machine for sealing. The updated machine includes an upgraded safety hitch pin locking mechanism, which provides safer, easier operator loading and unloading of tooling. It also helps avoid operator error when installing nesting trays—it is permanently attached to the nesting tray to avoid loss.

The Aergo 2 Max PLC is a double-sided machine; as one operator loads materials/products, the operator on the opposite side is pushing the tray in to seal it. According to Kim Sanderson, the company’s marketing specialist, the best feature of the machine is the large 20-inch x 28-inch seal area for each tray.

The upgraded machine also features a smooth-glide rail system. This feature reduces hitching and jumping when indexing trays into seal press (particularly liquid applications). It also reduces product movement during sealing. The rail system is available on all Aergo 2 heat-sealing units.

“With our new Smooth Glide Rail System, products are not jousted or disrupted as the tray is pushed into place for sealing,” explains  Sanderson. “This is important for multiple-piece medical tray kits, small products, liquids and gels.”

Cycles per minute are operator controlled, though Sanderson pegs rates at around 1,000 to 2,000 cycles per 8-hour shift.

See live demos of this tray sealer at MinnPack 2019 (Oct. 8-9; Minneapolis) in the Sonoco Alloyd Booth #812.

Jenni Spinner

Freelance writer and former Packaging Digest senior editor Jenni Spinner is a trade journalist with more than two decades of experience in the field. While she has covered numerous industries (including construction, engineering, building security, food production and public works), packaging remains her favorite.

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