As the demand for small, foil-wrapped chocolate bars increased, Chocolat Alprose sought the assistance of Nordson Switzerland in developing a packaging solution that would allow them to maintain their production speed of 300 products per minute without sacrificing product quality. If the foil wrapping around the chocolate bar receives too little adhesive, the flap can flip open during or after packaging, leading to a product reject. If an excess of hot melt adhesive is applied to the flap, the chocolate can melt or discolor inside its wrapper.
Because pneumatic guns cannot provide the high cycle rates or produce the small dots of adhesive required for this application, Nordson Switzerland determined that an adhesive dispensing system consisting of an e.dot electric gun with a .255 mm orifice nozzle, an EPC-30 electronic pattern control and a ProBlue adhesive melter would provide the precise, high-speed dot placement Chocolat Alprose needed. The ball and nozzle/seat design of the e.dot electric gun provides excellent repeatability, pattern control, and consistency, delivering superior dot pattern and minimizing adhesive stringing or tailing.
The EPC-30 pattern control features a distance-based program for constant or variable line speeds (300 m/min or 984 ft/min) and autoscaling capability, which automatically calculates encoder settings, reducing lengthy setup time.
Simple, compact and designed to maximize uptime, ProBlue adhesive melters offer simple daily operation, quick installation, and superior safety.