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Pearson BI18 Bag Inserter opens, inserts, and cuffs perforated plastic bags from roll stock into a wide variety of corrugated cases at speeds of up to 18 cases per minute. Advanced design features guarantee smooth and precise bag placement and handling. Furthermore, high-visibility machine status lighting, non-contact interlocks, CAT-3 Safety Circuits, easily accessible grace port and an auxiliary operator station are standard features on the machine.

Key Features

  • Positive Bag Opening

    Opposing vacuum plenums ensure consistent bag opening by grasping both sides of the bag simultaneously and pulling them in opposite directions.

  • Reliable Bag Placement and Cuffing

    Vacuum plenums hold the bag in position in relation to the top of the case as the bag is pushed to the bottom of the case. Cuffing fingers are activated to contain the top perimeter of the bag as the vacuum releases and the cuffing fingers descend.

  • No static cling

    Anti-static bars dissipate built-up static electricity to allow for fast feeding of bags into position for placement.

  • Fast Changeover

    Fast changeovers are supported by the industry’s most advanced HMI with an uncluttered design, intuitive navigation, interactive changeover and fault-recovery guides, live sensor maps, and advanced maintenance features. Scales, pointers and quick release handles ensure additional tools are not necessary. Trained technicians can complete a changeover in under 20min.

  • Ergonomic Bag Roll Replacement

    A standard hydraulic bag roll lift cart enables simplified, ergonomic replacement of heavy bag rolls.

  • Convenient Dual Access to Machine

    A remote operator station enables machine control on both sides of the conveyor.

  • Safety Redundancy with CAT 3

    Dual channel safety circuit maintains integrity of safety features in case of single component failure.

  • Highly Reliable Non-Contact Interlocks

    Eliminates misalignment of guard door interlocks which prevents problems common to keyed interlocks.

  • High-Visibility Machine Status

    A standard four-light LED beacon and multi-color interior machine lighting provides high-visibility of machine status.

  • Easily Accessible Grace Port

    Grace ports provide convenient communication access and 110V convenience outlet at the outside of the machine’s electrical cabinet.

Positive Bag Opening

Opposing vacuum plenums ensure consistent bag opening by grasping both sides of the bag simultaneously and pulling them in opposite directions.

Reliable Bag Placement and Cuffing

Vacuum plenums hold the bag in position in relation to the top of the case as the bag is pushed to the bottom of the case. Cuffing fingers are activated to contain the top perimeter of the bag as the vacuum releases and the cuffing fingers descend.

No static cling

Anti-static bars dissipate built-up static electricity to allow for fast feeding of bags into position for placement.

Fast Changeover

Fast changeovers are supported by the industry’s most advanced HMI with an uncluttered design, intuitive navigation, interactive changeover and fault-recovery guides, live sensor maps, and advanced maintenance features. Scales, pointers and quick release handles ensure additional tools are not necessary. Trained technicians can complete a changeover in under 20min.

Ergonomic Bag Roll Replacement

A standard hydraulic bag roll lift cart enables simplified, ergonomic replacement of heavy bag rolls.

Convenient Dual Access to Machine

A remote operator station enables machine control on both sides of the conveyor.

Safety Redundancy with CAT 3

Dual channel safety circuit maintains integrity of safety features in case of single component failure.

Highly Reliable Non-Contact Interlocks

Eliminates misalignment of guard door interlocks which prevents problems common to keyed interlocks.

High-Visibility Machine Status

A standard four-light LED beacon and multi-color interior machine lighting provides high-visibility of machine status.

Easily Accessible Grace Port

Grace ports provide convenient communication access and 110V convenience outlet at the outside of the machine’s electrical cabinet.

Specifications

  • Speed
    • Up to 18 cases/min
  • Min. Case Size
    • 9.5" (L) x 9.5" (W) x 10" (H)
    • Extended case size ranges are possible. Contact us to discuss your application.
  • Max. Case Size
    • 24" (L) x 17" (W) x 24" (H)
    • Extended case size ranges are possible. Contact us to discuss your application.
  • Operation Pneumatic
  • Changeover

    Manual, supported by HMI graphical guided instructions and changeover map, scales, pointers, and quick release handles
    20 min (estimate for trained technician)

  • Construction
    • Low Pressure Washdown
    • Mild Steel
    • Stainless Steel
  • Machine Size Range (ft)
    • 6 (L) x 8 (W) x 8 (H)
  • Controls
    • Allen-Bradley MicroLogix PLC
    • PackML Compliant
    • PanelView Color HMI
  • Air Requirements 80 PSI
  • Power Requirements 460 VAC
  • Disconnect Sizes 30 Amp
  • Air Consumption

    2.502 SCF/Cycle

  • FLA (Full Load Amp) of Base Machine

    13 Amps

  • Case Support
    • Bliss Shipper

    • FOL

    • HSC

    • RSC

    • Tablock RSC

Upgrade Options

Additional Bag Roll

A spare bag roll enables quicker replacement of empty bags by exchanging the entire roll and refilling the empty one while the machine is already back in production.

Air-Conditioner

Air conditioning provides cooling when ambient temperature becomes too hot or the contents of the electrical enclosure generate heat that risk failure to components.

Fitted Conveyor

Standard Bag Inserters sit atop of the customer’s existing conveyor. Alternatively, Pearson can provide and internal fitted conveyor, which extends from the outer edge of the infeed tunnel guard and reaches to the outer edge of the discharge tunnel guard.

Fitted Mandrel

A custom sized mandrel replaces the standard mandrel to provide better placement of the bag in the case. A fitted mandrel is recommended if the bag is being pulled into the case during loading with certain products. A fitted mandrel may reduce the speed of the machine.

Low Temperature Environment

Electrical enclosures located in cold and humid environments maintain better performance and longevity with the addition of this heater and drier package.

Oversized and Undersized Case Support

This machine can be modified to operate outside of standard specifications to accommodate smaller or larger dimension products and cases. Specific adjustments require engineering review to determine limitations and potential performance trade-offs such as machine speed or larger machine footprint.

Plant Level Ethernet Connection

A Network Address Translation device allows specific Ethernet network configurations across multiple machines in the plant network and offers the ability for remote support through VPN connections.

Portability

Easily move or reposition a machine on the production floor with the portability package, which provides locking casters and stabilizing jackscrew assemblies. Depending on machine model, it can also include quick disconnects for air lines and electrical lines.

Remote Access Router

A remote access router mounted in the electrical cabinet allows secure Internet VPN connection to a machine or system for support and control program change needs. This capability is included with every Pearson engineered system and as an option on all individual machines. Remote service access offers the potential to reduce on-site service trips. Internet connectivity is available via direct Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or cellular methods.

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BI18 Bag Inserter

Pearson BI18 Bag Inserters open, insert, and cuff plastic bags from roll stock into a wide variety of corrugated cases at speeds up to 18 cases per minute. Advanced design features guarantee smooth and precise bag placement and handling.

Bulk Fill System

This integrated bulk fill line consists of a CE25 case erector with tape closure, a BI18 bag inserter, a UC15 bag uncuffer and a CS25 tape sealer. Third-party OEM equipment such as fillers, check weighers or metal detectors can be integrated into the system.

Bulk Fill System – PET Bottles

This bulk fill system consisting of a CE35XL Case Erector, BI18 Bag Inserter, UC15 Uncuffer, CS25XL Case Sealer and custom palletizer can flexibly handle multiple products and pack patterns on an adaptable line that can expand to accommodate new products.

What is the lead time? When does it start?

Standard lead time is 13-15 weeks. Standard lead times do not account for non-standard options. These are estimates, your confirmed lead time will be provided once the project is being scheduled with project management. You may also request a specific date, which we’ll confirm before you place the order. Lead times start when the PO is accepted.

What HMI is standard?

Pearson standardizes on Allen Bradley, PanelView1000+. Our user-centric interface is built on the Rockwell platform and cannot be applied to other HMI brands.

What information do I need to provide for a quote?

If a quick, high-level budgetary quote is all you need, we are happy to provide you with the base machine rate. However, the more information you provide us about your particular application, the more accurately we can quote you. It also enables us to identify potential challenges and discuss how we can overcome them. If you are interested in a detailed quote, expect our sales managers to discuss the following questions with you.

  • Case rates
  • Case Style (RSC, HSC, Bliss, FOL, etc..)
  • Case dimensions (LxWxD, Open Depth and KDW, Drawings are preferred)
  • Tape or glue closure
  • Construction type (mild steel, stainless steel, stainless with NEMA4X low-pressure washdown)
  • Environment of room where equipment will be placed – Hot, cold, wet, temp
  • Duty cycle (ie. 3 shifts per day 5 days per week)
  • Voltage requirement
  • Product inside the cases (pictures preferred)
  • Estimated full case weight
  • Wish list for upgrade options
  • Special requirements
  • Are there specifications that need to be reviewed?

What information do I need to provide for a quote?

If a quick, high-level budgetary quote is all you need, we are happy to provide you with the base machine rate. However, the more information you provide us about your particular application, the more accurately we can quote you. It also enables us to identify potential challenges and discuss how we can overcome them. If you are interested in a detailed quote, expect our sales managers to discuss the following questions with you.

  • Case and/or product rates per minute (CPM and/or PPM)
  • Case dimensions (Drawings are preferred)
  • Product dimensions (Drawings and/or pictures are preferred)
  • Pack pattern of the product inside the case (pictures are preferred)
  • Orientation of the product on the conveyor as it will be received by our system
  • Elevation of the infeed product conveyor
  • Construction type (mild steel, stainless steel, stainless with NEMA4X low-pressure washdown)
  • Environment of room where equipment will be placed – Hot, cold, wet, temp
  • Duty cycle (ie. 3 shifts per day 5 days per week)
  • Changeovers frequency per shift
  • Inspection or labeling requirements
  • Voltage requirement
  • Estimated full case weight
  • Wish list for upgrade options
  • Special requirements
  • Are there specifications that need to be reviewed?
  • AutoCAD of area in scope (required for drawing from Pearson)

What can I expect after I request a quote?

If all you need is a high-level budgetary quote, we will provide you base-level machine pricing immediately. If you are looking for a more detailed quote, we will reach out to you within 24 business hours to discuss your application and collect all the necessary information. Once we collected the information, expect a detailed quote within 2-4 business days (unless your application requires non-standard options). For a firm quote, we generally like to review a sample of your case(s)/partitions/bags. This greatly reduces the risk of missing any potential obstacles and ensures that you receive not only the most accurate quote but also a high-performing machine. If your request requires a specifications response, please allow 7-10 working days for a quote turnaround.

Why do you need case samples for a firm quote? What if I don't have any?

Case samples allow us to help you avoid unforeseen challenges, determine the need for special options or recommend a different machine model better suited for your application. In nearly 65% of all projects, case sample reviews prevent costly mistakes, inferior performance and extended lead times. Here is a small sample of unwanted problems case reviews uncovered and averted:

  • Samples did not match drawings, which drove a change to the proposal
  • Unidentified shied flaps
  • Case hand was not identified on drawings or different
  • Product fit too tight or too loose into the case
  • The case’s manufacturer’s joint location or style interfered with the product being loaded
  • Corrugate quality issues interfering with proper machine performance
  • Bag thickness/construction/size did not match the requirements
  • Flap folding sequences/glue patterns requiring special attention
  • Head space in cases requiring special options or over pack interfering with proper sealing

Although we’d like to review case samples before we provide a firm quote, we understand that this is not always possible. In that case, we will provide a quote based on the information and drawings you provided.

What bag requirements apply to the machine?

Pearson bag inserters accommodate bags up to 35 inches in width and 38 inches in length supplied on perforated roll-stock. Film thickness should be between 1.25 – 4.0 mil low or high density and the roll diameter should not exceed 14 inches. Bags must be sized to fit the case according to our Bag Size Calculator (available upon request).

What options do I have to reduce air consumption?

The BI 18 Bag Inserter can be upgraded to a Servo model, however, this option is most useful in a post-purchase application. If you are interested in a servo-driven bag inserter, we recommend the BI25, which was designed for this purpose. Economically, it is also more favorable to choose a BI25 over a BI18 plus Servo Upgrades.

What are the limitations of low-pressure washdown?

Low-pressure washdown is limited to 4.3 psi at a distance of 10 feet. It does not protect against direct hard spray or the use of caustic fluids.

Not just a good product but a reliable partner

  • Expect a rugged machine design optimized for durability and long equipment life in a 24/7 environment
  • Benefit from a uniform user interface for your erecting, packing, sealing, and palletizing equipment
  • Count on comprehensive sales, aftermarket, and service support
  • Experience premier industry lead-times for faster delivery and shorter down-payment cycles
  • Optimally support a high-turnover labor force with the most advanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) in the secondary packaging industry
  • Rely on extensively trained and FANUC Certified technicians to service your equipment including FANUC robots
  • Have confidence in reliable, thought-out solutions based on 60 years of erecting, packing and sealing and 30 years of robotic integration experience
  • Depend on our team of project managers to provide ongoing visibility to meet delivery timelines and budgets
  • Always lean on us for 24/7 live service support
  • If CapEx is unavailable, but automation should not be delayed, talk to us about our Machine-as-a-Service program