The FCA 100, presented by Poly-clip Systems, sets a new standard in terms of machine performance and availability, and thus the efficiency of the modern automatic double-clipper. The semi-automatic operating concept of front flap and optional casing brake assistant reduces to a minimum the amount of manual intervention by the operator during casing change and thus increases the productivity of the clipping machine. Production time is saved by the front flap opening automatically when the filling horn is swivelled, and this saving builds up over the course of a single shift.
And the new safety casing brake with hand guard guarantees maximum protection; when making adjustments, the safety distance towards the voiding separator is always observed. Furthermore, safety monitoring is such that unintentional production start without the casing brake is impossible. Safety and reliability, a rapid start-up and continuous production – these are the features that make the machine so efficient. Sensors for recognition of separator hole size and clip pressure setting, a clipping auto-stop system which monitors the end of the clip supply on the reel, and sensors for casing end and loop end recognition are essential equipment features of this double-clipper. Its compact, robust design and low noise level make for an agreeable work environment. And its ease of maintenance helps to ensure maximum service life and thus protect the value of the investment: consolidation of lubrication points into a lubrication bar or optional central lubrication machine cycle-dependent.
The FCA 100 reliably closes both fibrous and collagen casings of calibre up to 58 mm as well as plastic casings up to 90 mm. It operates at a speed of up to 186 cycles per minute in continuous operation. The R-ID clip series, ideally suited to this application, ensures a smooth closing procedure which requires the operation of smaller forces, with the result that wearing parts are less heavily loaded. And indispensable for a visually appealing end product with short sausage shoulders is the linear voiding separator. This increases the sausage slice yield. The R-ID clip shape guarantees uniform pleating of the casing. The clip sits centrally on the tail and the special inner profile means that it exerts a greater holding force on the casing. As a result, depending on the product and with plastic casings, the closure is bacteria-tight. This clearly improves the flexibility of the product in terms of supply management, so that the shelf-life does not have to be unnecessarily shortened. And finally, the geometry of the safety-coated punches and dies also has a wear-reducing effect.