New entry-level solution: Mosca introduces MO-M-8 semi-automatic strapping machine

11th January 2016

Logistics BusinessNew entry-level solution: Mosca introduces MO-M-8 semi-automatic strapping machine
  • Efficient strapping, easy operation 
  • High availability and low maintenance 
  • Best Mosca quality at an attractive price 

Mosca’s new semi-automatic strapping machine responds to the needs of customers who want a lower entry-level machine at an attractive price without sacrificing quality. Based on the established RO-M Fusion, the MO-M-8 offers reliable operation with high availability. The compact machine dispenses with Mosca’s usual strap guide frame. Instead, the strap is wrapped around the package manually. This makes the MO-M-8 easy to use and ideal for customers who need to strap a low number of packages without renouncing efficiency and reliability.

The new machine proves once again that Mosca understands what customers want. “Our MO-M-8 is especially designed for users who generally don’t need to strap items as often – but rely on high availability when they do,” says Christian Zwieb, responsible for product management at Mosca GmbH. The robust, semi-automatic strapping machine was developed as a successor to the MO-M-7 and is based on the RO-M Fusion, the latest evolution of the established RO-M series. “Many users are familiar with the models in the RO-M series as reliable entry-level machines. Mosca launched the first RO-M on the market in the 1970s.” Wholesalers, distribution centers and logistics services have sworn by these compact units for decades. Several thousand RO-M Fusion machines have been successfully sold on the market.

In keeping with Mosca’s modular construction concept, many core components of the MO-M-8 – including the machine frame, strap dispenser and sealing unit – are constructed in the same way as the RO-M Fusion. But the semi-automatic MO-M-8 dispenses with the strap guide frame. To strap a product, the operator places the package on the machine and lays the strap on manually. The unit is available with an optional table stop to facilitate optimum positioning of the individual packages. Strap return, tension adjustment and the welding of the strap ends are conducted automatically after the strap is placed in the sealing unit to initiate the strapping process.

Energy-efficient and low maintenance

The proven standard 3 sealing unit, long reserved for high-performance machines, featured in the RO-M Fusion is at the heart of the new MO-M-8. Temperature is regulated via a controller on the heating blade, and multiple decentralized DC motors replace the central drive in the sealing unit. The direct drive for these functions completely eliminates the need for wearing parts, including toothed belts, clutches and chains. For the user, this means high availability and low maintenance. An automatic strap feed on the sealing unit supports coil changing, which is made easy thanks to the quick-change system. The MO-M-8 is also extremely energy efficient with a power consumption of only approx. 120 watts.

The machine is controlled via Mosca’s proprietary MSCB-1 real-time control panel. “Operators can set the strap tension or required strap length via the potentiometer to optimize the process for their specific application,” Zwieb explains. “The soft tension capability makes it easy to strap even delicate products. The strap feed can also be easily readjusted via a push button.” An illuminated service push-button indicates the machine’s current operating state with colored signals. This means that the operator can see right away if the heating has not yet reached welding temperature or the safety circuit is interrupted, and can respond accordingly. The MO-M-8 is suitable for packages that are a minimum of 80 mm wide and 10 mm high. Polypropylene (PP) straps with a width of five, eight or twelve millimeters may be used according to requirements.