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ACE 400 cotton pad production machine

With VMI’s ACE 400 cotton pad punching and packaging machine you can produce up to 20 million cotton bags per year, with just one operator. The fully automatic ACE 400 can replace up to four manual systems, considerably reducing labor costs. The system is completely enclosed to reduce noise to minimal levels (<80 dB), increase safety and reduce dust.

The design of the system is based on decades of experience in cotton pad punching and packaging and focuses on easy and economical operation. The machine is easy to set up and can be commissioned in just a few days.

With the ACE 400, you will only require four hours to switch between a wide variety of cotton pad shapes. Furthermore, it is easy to relocate the machine, so you can set-up and start-up without delay.

Product highlights

  • 20 million bags per year
  • Quick and easy change-overs
  • < 80 dB
  • 9 m² footprint
  • Attractive industrial design

Operation

The ACE 400 will produce and pack cotton pads of round, square or oval shapes. The ACE 400 replaces up to four manual systems and two machines can be operated by one operator.

The cotton web is automatically inserted in the ACE cotton pad production machine with the unwinder unit. The punch unit with dies, punches the pads out the cotton web in nice stacks into a product carrier. A swift change-over to a large variety of pad shapes by switching product related parts ensures a highly flexible production level. Every format punching tooling such round, oval or square is available in a stitch and non-stitch version.

The punched cotton pads are automatically pushed out of the product carriers in bags when the product carriers are full. The numbers of cotton pads depends on the size of the bag and the programmed amount of desired pads per bag. The bag magazine turns after the bags are filled, enabling a new row of bags ready to be filled. The full bags turn to the sealing unit. After the bags are sealed, a conveyor belt transports the bags out the machine for further processing. The web that is left-over from the punching can be recycled.

The bag magazine consists of three stations with bags to be filled, enabling the ACE machine to fill, seal and at the same time get an operator to refill a station with empty bags.

The ACE 400 processes a cotton web up to a width of 400 millimeters. Depending on the amount of cotton pads in one bag, it can fill up to 56 bags per minute. Moreover the ACE 400 is developed to be the most flexible installation of the total ACE range. Change over from one pad shape to another is only a matter of changing the pads shape related parts.

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