Italian manufacturers such as Record and Ilapak have had a reputation for many years for building strong but
relatively basic entry-level flowrappers. These machines are ideal for conversion
to multi-axis electronic control and the huge performance and
efficiency improvements that this brings. Firstly, once the mass of
mechanical linkages, chains and cogs of their rather old fashioned
internal design are removed, there is a large empty cabinet with three
shafts simply ready to attach the three replacement servo motors.
Secondly there are a lot of them around and they can often be picked up cheaply and, if required, mechanically overhauled very
economically. The Record Scorpion, for instance, is such a popular
conversion that we have complete kits of every single component ready
for us or yourselves to transform these simple work-horses.
shows the new mechanical internals of an upgraded Ilapak Carrera 500.
It shows how everything is replaced by three simple motors which
directly drive the three axes of the machine. There is no
dwell unit for the jaw, no film registration equipment, no two-speed
infeed assembly, no operator adjustments, and virtually no maintenance - all replaced by the midasmotionsystem. Even the electrical components fit on the existing panel and
take up less room than the old electrics. Then, of course,
there's the operation and use of the machine - if you have been used to
the original mechanical version you will simply be blown away by it's