Welbound to demo HC500 at Opmex 2016

In-line solution for case sealing shipper cartons

Welbound HC500 case sealer. Photo PSA
Welbound’s HC500 case sealer. Photo PSA

Welbound, India’s leading graphic art equipment manufacturer is demonstrating a hot melt glue case sealing machine at Opmex 2016, an exhibition on packaging and logistics, to be held from 8 to 10 February at the Oman International Exhibition Centre. This is the second exhibition in GCC, the earlier one being Gulf Food that will see the participation of Welbound. The region is already a mature market for modern packaging systems, and the usage of hot melt adhesives for sealing shipper cartons is quite prevalent.

Pallippuram Sajith, director – marketing and sales, Welbound. Photo PSA
Pallippuram Sajith, director – marketing and sales, Welbound. Photo PSA

Pallippuram Sajith, director – marketing and sales for Welbound, is also a speaker at the conference happening concurrently. He will discuss the topic – Innovative packaging: Shaping the future of packaging, reducing costs and improving functionality.

Welbound’s HC500 is an in-line or near line solution for case sealing shipper cartons. It employs a Nordson Problue 4 melter – mini blue plus gun adhesive applicating system. The top and bottom of the boxes filled with products are sealed at 20 cases a minute. An optional in-feed conveying system centralizes the box coming out of the filling station, end of the line. The controller can store up to 99 programmes of various sizes of boxes and gluing patterns. It also provides adhesive bead control – normal, dot, stitch, random and continuous. Welbound integrates the machine into existing packaging lines, addressing special requirements if any.

Hot melt glue case sealing offers a number of benefits in comparison to taping. The structural integrity of the boxes, as a result of all major and minor flaps joined together by the glue lines, ensure that the boxes never lose their shape in transit. This also enhances the load and shock bearing capability. Flexible packed products are safe inside a glued box, as one does not need a cutter to slit the tapes while opening. Corrugate saving is another major advantage, as the width of major flaps could be reduced. Glue sealing is also more sustainable.

“Above all, hot melt sealing makes the shipping cartons tamper evident. This probably is one huge benefit that makes this type of sealing most preferred by brands that command a premium in the market place,” says VS Sudheeran, Welbound’s GCC head. Welbound already has a significant presence in GCC countries and a considerable market share in adhesive binding machines. The Welbound engineers based in UAE and Saudi Arabia will provide installation and service support to HC 500 customers.

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