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Small Bundle (Octavo) Folding Machine, FM-200

In order to band the newspaper bundles for special delivery, the 1- to 3-product small bundles that have been quarter folded are further folded and pressed down by the Small Bundle (Octavo) Folding Machine, FM-200. Normally, newspapers that are output from the newspaper rotary presses are processed into bundles of so many products, and for the most part, are automatically wrapped and banded after being quarter folded. By automating octavo folding of fractional bundles, which was up till now done manually at sites where octavo folding of fractional bundles was required, the FM-200 made it possible to build a newspaper mailroom system that is economical by lowering running cost through reduction in operation time and manpower.
After going through the address label placing machine via the counter stacker, as the newspaper bundles are being delivered from the stack conveyor, fractional bundles are taken and octavo folding are done automatically with just the labels attached. Whether octavo folding is to be done or not can be determined by the counter stacker signal. The operation involves the lowering of the conveyor and holding down the fractional bundles with a hold-down roller after which the bundles are delivered through guides into the octavo folding machine where the chopper folds them in half resulting in eight folds, and after correcting the bundle shape with the pressing device, they are sent to the Small Bundle Wrapping/Banding Machine.
Presently, the FM-200 is in operation at Shikoku Newspaper (Newsflow).

Small Bundle Wrapping/Banding Machine PB-100

The PB-100 is a wrapping and banding machine specifically for small bundles. It is made up of an automatic wrapping section that wraps polyethylene film over the slightly pressed small bundles (quarter or octavo folded) out of the newspaper bundles being delivered from the counter stacker, and an automatic banding section that bands the wrapped newspaper bundles in cross or double cross (2 across 1) with polypropylene band.
By using a high/low conveyor system, lower film consumption, better package shape and high speed processing has become possible. Using a large size graphic screen for the central operation panel, the device is very easy to handle having such features as trouble display, timer changeover, data display for maintenance, plus also a simple one-touch changeover system for the wrapping method (2-way or 4-way seal) and banding method (cross or double-cross-over-one). Furthermore, by changing parts in the automatic banding section, the polypropylene band can be changed over to an ecologically friendly paper band. The PB200 is already in use at Shikoku Newpaper (Newsflow) and at Nikkan Sports Logitem, Ltd.