Collating Equipment — Collating Cravings
Streamfeeder collation systems feature FeedNet software, which enables full communication with all components of the collator, including friction feeders, conveyors, diverters, wrappers and other peripheral or host equipment. Systems range from simple, two-feeder lines to intelligent systems with more than 30 feeders. Bar code reading, sequential start/stop and line synchronization are available. Sophisticated, database-driven, one-to-one marketing is also possible utilizing FeedNet's capability to communicate with a PC-based host system.
Pfankuch Machinery provides units featuring from two feeding stations to 32 stations. The collating systems assemble single or batch counted product sets with minimal operator assistance. The ZG collator series, which automates assembly of hard-to-feed sequenced products, is capable of counting two or three digits and uses servo motor and PLC control technologies.
Collates Variety of Stocks
Another collator option, the Sterling S-59 gatherer/collator, available from Spiel Associates, handles a variety of jobs and collates sets quickly. It collates sheets as thin as onion skin and as thick as .25˝ pads at a rate of 6,000 sets per hour. The Sterling S-59 is also ideal for collating tabs, envelopes, greeting cards—virtually anything that can fit into the pockets. Stations on both sides reduce overall machine length by almost half.