“Why buy a Climax Drop Packer?”
The answer is simple — because it is built better! And here’s why.
Other machines that you are evaluating are constructed from formed sheet metal. Not Climax. Our bottle conveyor side plates are manufactured from 5/8″ X 5″ dimensional steel. We can’t simply “punch a hole” through this material; it must be drilled and tapped on precision machines. The wear strips under the flat-top chain are a laminate of 1/4 inch steel overlaid with 1/4 inch delrin, to eliminate chain wear and noise.
All of the screw stock used in areas that might come in contact with water or soap are stainless steel instead of carbon steel; Climax does this to eliminate rusting and deterioration. Our lane guides are made from polished 1/4 inch stainless steel, not 3/16 inch like much of the competition. This extra thickness provides strength and integrity which is important for all containers, but especially critical for packing heavy product. Add to that the fact that our lane guides are laser cut to eliminate the warping and distortion induced through welding.
Our bottle clamp is easily adjustable by a hand crank; no tools needed here. All of our bearings are mounted on the inside of the packer to provide a clean appearance and to eliminate the clutter on the exterior of the machine.
The design of the Climax case conveyor eliminates the use of flight bars, which have a tendency to crush a case from time to time, causing downtime on the line while you remove it. No broken pins, no bent flights, no chain adjustment — we utilize a continuous belt feed case conveyor with an independent drive.
Our quick-adjust case guide rail system makes the changeover from one case to the next as simple as turning a hand crank. The case guide rails move in and out in relationship to the centerline of the packer; a digital counter provides a simple reference for the correct setting for each case.
When it comes to the case elevator, there is no comparison. We are the only company in the industry that uses an aluminum casting in this high stress area, and we have never had to replace one yet — NEVER! The elevator casting is guided by 1.5 inch diameter, hardened, ground, and polished shafts — plus Climax uses dual ball bushings on both sides of the elevator.
Our design provides the lift point directly in the center of the case; no cantilevered design problems here. It includes a very forgiving “break-away” feature when the payload hits the elevator by utilizing our patented “Air-Cush’n” lift system .You will never have a problem with case stops and case clamps coming out of adjustment, because our “Air-Cush’n” deadens the vibration caused by the payload landing in the case. Our case conveyor elevation can be as low as 14 inches off the floor, which eliminates the need to ramp-up your case conveyor in many installations.
Grids and Grid Baskets
When it comes to grids, we have it all. Over the years Climax has seen just about every style of case and container design imaginable — PET, HDPE, glass, steel, aluminum, RSC cases, Bliss cases, Tab-Lock cases, corrugated and plastic trays for just a partial list. We can outfit your case packer with any of the following grids:
— A universal shifting rail grid
— A trap door grid
— A bomb bay door grid
— A neck-ring rail grid (specifically for PET bottles)
— A POWER-FEED shifting rail grid
— A grid specially designed to eliminate “chime-lock” problems in cans
Climax can provide grid baskets equipped with perimeter guides/chutes of spring steel, stainless spring steel, or polycarbonate. We also build grid baskets with plastic fingers; their design is second to none, with no springs or “D” rings to break off and fall into the case. Our fingers retain their shape and flexibility due to a metal strip molded into the finger, yet no springs are required. The changeover for most Climax grid baskets is easily accomplished by one man without the requirement for any tools.
Electrical Controls and Systems
The control systems for all Climax equipment utilize the latest technology and best components available. Whether you need a stand-alone machine or something to be integrated into a complete packaging line, we will meet all of the requirements of our clients. The Climax standard PLC package is Allen-Bradley, but we will accommodate whatever our clients request. For example, we have installed PLC Direct, GE, Omron, Modicon, and Siemens.
NEMA 12 is our standard electrical package, but we have installed NEMA 4 or
NEMA 4X when it has been requested. We are equally comfortable with a simple push button operator station or an interactive operator interface such as PanelView 550. We have even built some equipment recently with relay logic rather than a PLC, because the customer in Central America was more comfortable with that design.
Customer satisfaction is our goal.
Climax is NOT full of old ideas; as evidenced by the following list of options and highlights that can be found on Climax equipment:
• Stainless steel, corrosion resistant construction
• Special paint requests
• No tool change-over
• Auto lube system
• Lane Divider (free standing or integrated into operation of the packer)
• Side-to-side product oscillator
• Touch screen controls
• Pack empty plastic bottles (either necks UP or necks DOWN)
• Special engineering
• System integration
• Set-up and runoff complete system in our plant
All you have to do is ask.
Price? If you take the time to compare, you will find that Climax is right in the middle of the pack. Take a close look at the construction, design, options and components that have included. This is why our customers continue to choose Climax over the competition.
Guarantee? Every Climax machine comes with a written guarantee. Very simply stated, it says that we guarantee the equipment will do what we said it would do (in answer to what YOU asked for), or we will give you your money back.
What does all this mean to you, the customer? Your dollar will go a lot further when you buy from Climax Packaging Machinery, and you can expect many, many years of trouble-free performance. Orders from repeat customers make up a big part of our business. Give us a call.