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22 CEMENT AMERICAS • Winter 2019 • www.cementamericas.com FEATURE The intelligent control of the twin-belt turning device also takes the dimension and weight of the filled bag into con- sideration. Exact positioning, specified by the preset pack- ing pattern, is achieved. "No adjustment is necessary even with a product change," said Buchholz. Packed Fast and Safely The finished bag stacks are transported over roller convey- ors to the BEUMER stretch hood packaging system. It pack- ages 110 pallet stacks per hour with stretch film hoods with film thickness ranging from 40 to 100 micrometers. "It depends on the type of tile mortar," Buchholz explained. " The packaging protects the product against dust and humidity during storage and on long transport routes and ensures that the bags remain stable on the pallet without moving." In order to facilitate the work for the maintenance person- nel and to ensure high system availability, the packaging system no longer needs a platform. Maintenance work, such as changing the blades or the sealing bars, is han- dled at floor level. Additional benefits include the compact design and the resulting low height and small footprint. "The BEUMER stretch hood A is extremely energy efficient," said Buchholz. A film transport system, which is particularly gentle on the material, introduces the previously cut and sealed film hood into the system. The sealing seam already cools down on the way to the crimping and stretching unit. Crimping can start without any delay. This allows for the elimination of energy-consuming cooling units and efficien- cy-reducing cooling times. This way the pallets can be pack- aged at a high bag sequencing. In June 2016, Cruz Azul put the line into operation. "The new BEUMER packing line brought the project to success," said Luna. The cement manufacturer was able to reach its projected production capacity. In order to ensure a trouble-free operation, the system supplier's competent specialists stay in close touch with the customer and help out immediately in case of malfunc- tions or downtime. BEUMER Group also provided the nec- essary spare parts. Ensuring high availability of the systems at all times. Luna is very pleased with the new solution because the packaging line is tailor-made for the company's needs. He is also particularly impressed by the flexible filling technol- ogy. It saves a lot of time and brings great peace of mind; the different types or mortar are getting to the customer a lot faster. With this project, BEUMER Group has installed the first BEUMER fillpac R in the North American market. The coop- eration with the system supplier will continue. Discussions are currently held regarding new projects in the fields of conveying and loading and palletizing technology. Information for this article courtesy of BEUMER Group.

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