Operator Manual H-1037 BP555e

Operator Manual H-1037 BP555e
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Caution
Operator Manual
H-1037 BP555e
Series Of Tape Dispensers
If an object falls into one of the cover guide arm slots,
disconnect power and notify service personnel.
Caution
Metal surfaces of the heater may attain temperatures
up to 90 degrees Celsius (194 degrees Fahrenheit).
Caution
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
energy and if not installed and used in accordance with
the instruction manual, may cause interference to radio
communications. It has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for Class A computing device
pursuant to Subpart J of Part 15 of FCC Rules, which
are designed to provide reasonable protection against
such interference when operated in a commercial
environment. Operation of this equipment in a
residential area is likely to cause interference, in which
case the user at his own expense will be required to
take whatever measures may be required to correct
the interference.
Caution
When moving the tape dispenser from one location to
another, power must be disconnected and the water
bottle, water tank and brushes should be removed to
prevent spillage that could result in an electrical shock
hazard.
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Power must be removed before attempting to
clear a tape jam.
The top cover is interlocked such that the unit
will not operate if the cover is not fully closed.
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Table of Contents
Section 1 - Unpacking and Setup
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Section 3 - How to Seal Your Cartons
Unpacking the tape dispenser
Checking the contents
Fill out the Warranty Card
Preparing the unit for operation
Adjusting the Roll Guides
Loading the Tape
Checking the Upper Tape Plate
Installing the Bottle and Water Tank
Mounting the tape dispenser to the
work bench - Optional
Attaching the power cord
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Advantages of water activated
Gummed Tape
Choosing the best tape for your
application
Identifying the types of tape
What you should know about glue
formulas
The different grades of Sealing Tape
Selecting tape
Proper tape moistening
Adjusting the amount of water applied
to the tape
Setting the heater controls
Choosing the correct tape length
Apply tape to the carton
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Section 2 - Detailed Operation
Turning the system "ON"
Adjusting the setting on the heater
assembly
Selecting the Tape Length (Standard)
Selecting the Tape Length (Automatic)
To dispense a random length of tape
To dispense a specific length of tape
not on a number button
To dispense tape longer than the
amount on a number button
To dispense a tape shorter than the
amount on a number button
To dispense a length of tape twice the
length of a number button
To adjust the length of a number button
and then double it
To repeat the length previously
dispensed (Standard)
To repeat the length previously
dispensed (Automatic)
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Section 4 - Maintenance
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Washing the tank, brushes, and bottle
Cleaning the Shear Blades
Clearing Jams
Changing the Fuse
Lubrication
Cleaning – Inside and Out
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Unpacking & Setup
Section 1 - Unpacking and Setup
Section 5 - Specifications
Model descriptions
Technical specifications
Port Connectivity
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Unpacking
When you open the top flaps on the box for
the tape dispenser, there will be instructions
for removing the tape dispenser from its
packaging.
Section 6 - Service and Warranty
Save the box and packing materials in case
you need to ship the unit at some future time.
This section provides warranty information
and how to obtain service.
Limited Warranty
How to contact Better Packages
Checking the Contents
Packaged inside the tape dispenser, under
the top cover are the following items: See
Figure 1.
• Brush Assembly (three beveled brushes
assembled together)
• Water Tank (a black plastic piece with a
metal bracket attached to it)
• Bottle (a white plastic bottle with a screw
cap)
• Upper Tape Plate
• Power Cord
• Operating Guide
• Warranty Card (inside the Operating
Guide)
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Unpacking & Setup
Fill Out the Warranty Card
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Unpacking & Setup
Preparing the Unit for Operation
Filling out the warranty card and returning it to
us protects your warranty and allows us to
keep you informed of product upgrades.
Adjusting the Roll Guides
Roll guides fit into slots in the front and
bottom panels of the tape basket. They hold
the tape roll vertical to allow the tape to
unwind. You must adjust these guides for the
size of the tape being used.
NOTE: This machine can dispense tapes
from 1-½” to 3.0” wide.
Water Bottle
Operating
Guide
Procedure:
1. Remove a guide from its current position by
grasping the guide, lifting it up and pulling
the bottom of it to the rear of the unit.
Power
Cord
Upper
Tape
Plate
Brushes
Water
Tank
Figure 1 - Checking Package Contents
ROLL
GUIDES
Figure 2 - Removing the Guides from the Slots
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2. Reinsert each guide pressing it first into
the bottom slot and then rotating it into the
front slot. See Figure 3.
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Set the space between the guides to
just larger than the width of the tape.
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Use the guides to center the tape as
much as possible by inserting each
guide into a slot the same distance
from the outside edge of the panel.
For example, if you set the bottom part
of the guide in the second slot from the
outside edge of the panel, set the front
part of the guide also into the second
slot from the outside edge.
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Loading the Tape
1. Cut the end of the tape so that it has a
clean, square end to feed under the drive
wheel.
2. Load the tape roll into the basket so that:
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The adhesive side is down.
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The roll is upright between the roll
guides. See Figure 4.
Lift Roller
Rubber Roller
Upper Tape
Plate
Insert all four
tabs the same
number of slots
from the outside
edge.
Shear
Blade
Feed the tape:
• Adhesive side down
• Around the lift roller
• Over the rubber roller
• Under the upper tape plate
• Under the guide bar
• Up against the shear blade
Figure 4 - Loading the Tape Roll
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The end of the tape goes over the:
♦ Top of the roll from back to front.
♦ Lift Roller then rubber Roller
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The end of the tape is fed under the
top tape plate and drive wheel; and is
butted against the shear blade.
Figure 3 – Reinserting the Roll Guides
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3. Close the top cover.
NOTES:
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Checking Upper Tape Plate
The front part of the top cover is attached to
the rear part with plastic pivot points. To
attach or detach the front part to or from the
rear, squeeze the back part of the top cover
just below the pivot point to spread the
opening where the front part attaches. This
will allow the pivot knobs to fit into the slots.
See Figure 5.
Be sure the top cover is fully closed. There is
a safety interlock built into the dispenser
which prevents the machine from operating
unless the cover is completely closed.
Make sure the upper tape plate is in its
proper position as shown in Figure 6.
Drive Wheel
Figure 5 - Attaching/Detaching the Front Top Cover
Squeeze Here To
Release/Replace
Front Cover
The upper tape plate
must fit:
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Around the drive
wheel
Under the guide bar
Over the rubber
roller
Figure 6 - Upper Tape Plate in Proper Position
If the plate is not correctly positioned:
1. Hold the upper tape plate by its rear edge
(see Figure 7), and guide it forward so that
the front slot centers around the drive
wheel.
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Installing the Bottle and Water Tank
1. Insert the brush assembly in the water
tank. The brush assembly must be tilted
toward the dispenser so that the cotter pin
will clear the retaining bracket as it is
pressed into place. See Figure 8. Then
rotate the brush forward so that it seats
flatly on the bottom of the water tank. The
edge of the base of the brush should be
under the retaining bracket.
Drive Wheel
Guide
Bar
Brushes must be
angled toward the
front of the
dispenser in
order to work.
Figure 7 - Positioning the Upper Tape Plate
2. When the cutouts in the sides of the plate
are above the retaining buttons, drop the
plate down and slide it forward as far as it
will go.
Installing the
brushes
backwards will
At first, tilt the brush
cause a
toward the dispenser
troublesome
so that the head of the
tape jam.
cotter pin clears the
retaining bracket as
you push the brushes
into the tank.
Then tilt the brush back
so that it seals flatly on
the bottom of the tank.
NOTE: There is a round guide bar just
before the cutting blade. The front of the
upper tape plate should be under that
guide bar.
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Retaining
Bracket
Figure 8 - Inserting the Brush into the Water Tank
2. Lift the front of the heater assembly and
slide the water tank into position at the
front of the dispenser.
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5. Position the bottle onto the right side of
the dispenser. The spring-loaded center of
the bottle’s cap must be on the pylon
protruding up from the water tank. See
Figure 10.
CAUTION: Under normal operating
conditions, the bottom of the heater
assembly may be HOT. Handle the
assembly ONLY by the tabs sticking out
from the sides. See Figure 9.
The bottom of the water tank should be
even with the edges of the shelf it sits on
and the water tank will drop slightly into
the shelf when it is correctly positioned.
3. Lower the heater assembly
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Center of the
bottle cap fits
over the pylon
in the tank.
Bottle
normally fits
in this area.
Use these tabs
to raise and
lower the heater
assembly.
The tank will drop
slightly into this shelf
when it is correctly
positioned.
Figure 10 - Attaching the Bottle to the Dispenser
Figure 9 - Handling the Heater Assembly
4. Fill the bottle with water.
NOTE: We recommend using Penetron
or a similar wetting agent if you have hard
water. This will keep mineral deposits and
bacteria from building up in the brushes,
bottle, and water tank. These deposits can
lead to poor tape adhesion. The Penetron
helps the water more quickly penetrate
into the adhesive for better performance.
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5. Insert the 10-24 screws through the
bottom of the bench, through the rubber
feet, into the threaded holes in the bottom
panel. See Figure 11.
Mount the Dispenser to the Work Bench
- Optional The dispenser may be bolted to the work
bench or table that it sits on. The main
reason to do this is the dispenser can’t be
knocked off the bench-top should someone
bump into it.
The dispenser is shipped with four (4) rubber
feet attached to the bottom panel by 10-24
phillips head screws. A template is included
at the end of this manual that shows the
spacing of these four mounting holes.
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Use Loctite or a similar thread
locking compound on the threads of
the screws to prevent them from
loosening.
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Tighten the screws until they are snug,
but do not tighten them so much that
the rubber feet are compressed.
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Use washers under the heads of the
bolts or screws used to secure the
dispenser to the bench top.
1. Drill four holes into the top of the bench. Use
the template supplied to locate these holes.
2. Remove the screws and washers from the
bottom panel that hold the feet in place.
3. Measure the thickness of the bench top.
Obtain 4 (four) 10-24 screws/bolts that
are 9/16” to 1-1/16” longer than the
thickness of the bench top. For example,
if the bench top is 1” thick, use screws 19/16” to 2-1/16” long to attach the
dispenser to the bench top.
Use the feet
supplied with
the dispenser.
Top of bench
or table.
4. Position the dispenser over the bench so
that their mounting holes are lined up.
IMPORTANT: Keep the feet between the
dispenser and the bench top. This will
protect both the dispenser and the bench
from vibration from the dispenser’s
normal operation.
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Figure 11 - Mounting the Dispenser to a Bench Top
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2. Attach the female end of the power cord
to the dispenser connector. See Figure
13.
Attach the Power Cord
1. Ensure that the power switch is in the OFF
(down) position.
Use this port
for optional
pedal control
or tape usage
Fuse
Holder
Attach the A/C
Power Cord
here.
Figure 13 - The Electrical Panel
Figure 12 – Power Switch Location
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Operation
Adjust the setting on the heater assembly.
Section 2 - Operation
Finding the correct setting for the tape you
are using is a matter of simple testing. Set the
adjustment knob to a low or middle setting to
start and test the tape for performance. Use
the lowest temperature setting that best
meets your needs. See Figure 15. Refer to
Section 3 on how to seal with gummed tape.
Turn the System "ON"
Turn the power switch to the “ON” (up)
position. The switch will light and the
dispenser will “beep” once. See Figure 14.
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CAUTION: The bottom of the heater
assembly gets HOT! Handle the heater
only by the tabs protruding from the
sides of its top. See Figure 15.
Temperature
Adjustment
Handle the
heater
assembly only
by these tabs.
Figure 14 - On/Off Switch Location
Figure 15 - Handling the Heater Assembly
When the heat is properly adjusted, the tape
will adhere quickly to the parcel. Too low or
too high a setting may result in the tape taking
too long to properly adhere.
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Operation
Select the Tape Length (Standard Model)
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Select the Tape Length (Automatic Model)
Pressing a button or combination of buttons
allows you to dispense tape in lengths from 4”
to a maximum of 120” in increments of ½”. See
Figure 16b.
Pressing a button or combination of buttons
allows you to dispense tape in lengths from 4”
to a maximum of 120” in increments of ½”. See
Figure 16a.
PLUS Button
Adds ½” (1 cm) to
selected length
PLUS Button
X2 Button
Doubles
selected length
Operation
Adds ½” (1 cm) to
selected length
A Button
Press to place the
unit in Automatic
mode (light will be
"on" when unit is in
X2 Button
Doubles
selected length
MINUS
Button
MINUS
Button
Number
Buttons
Subtracts ½”
(1 cm) from
selected
length
Select length of
tape
Subtracts ½”
(1 cm) from
selected
length
Number
Buttons
Select length of
tape in inches
Manual Feed
Button
REPEAT
START
Button
Manual Feed
Button
Dispenses tape
while pressed.
Length (4" to
120") is
determined by
how long the
button is held
Repeats
length
selected
before this
button was
pressed
REPEAT
START
Button
Repeats
length
selected
before this
button was
pressed
Dispenses tape
while pressed.
Length (4" to 120")
is determined by
how long the button
is held down.
REPEAT 2
ENTER
Button
Used for a 2nd
length or preset
length.
Figure 16a - Keypad for Tape Length Selection
Figure 16b - Keypad for Tape Length Selection
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Operation
To dispense a random length of tape:
Press and hold the manual feed button (down
arrow) until the desired length of tape is
dispensed.
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To dispense a specific length not on a
number button:
The Manual Feed Button (lower right on the keypad)
It will dispense a length of 4" (10 cm) to a
maximum of 120" (305 cm) depending upon
how long the button is held down.
You can add or subtract ½” increments
from any number button length.
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You can double any button number
length.
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You can adjust a number button length
(longer or shorter) and then double it.
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You can repeat the length previously
dispensed with a single button.
NOTE: If you press a combination of keys
that doesn’t work, the system lets you know
by beeping three times.
Press
To dispense 42”
Press
To dispense 15”
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Error Notification
To dispense a length of tape equal to a
number button length:
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If this happens, re-enter the key or
combination of keys to produce the length or
lengths that you require.
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Operation
To dispense tape longer than the amount
on a number button:
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Operation
To dispense tape shorter than the
amount on a number button:
To dispense 41 ½”
To dispense 42 ½”
(one ½” is subtracted for
Press
Press
each press of the
button). In this case it is ½”
(1 x ½”).
(one ½” is added for each
press of the
button).
In this case it is ½” (1 x ½”).
To dispense 41”
Press
(one ½” is subtracted for
To dispense 43”
Press:
each press of the
button. In this case it is 1”
(2 x ½”).
(one ½” is added for each
press of the
button.
Press the
button once for each ½” you
want to subtract from a number button. For
example;
• To dispense 41 ½” of tape, press the
button once (to subtract ½”) and
button. A 41 ½”
then press the
length of tape is dispensed.
• To dispense 41” of tape, press the
button twice (to subtract one inch) and
then press the
button. A 41” length of
tape is dispensed.
In this case it is 1” (2 x ½”).
Press the
button once for each ½” you
want to add to a number button. You can
button as many times as you
press the
want before you press the number button. For
example;
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To dispense 42 ½” of tape, press the
once (to add ½”) and then press the
number button. A 42 ½” length of
tape is dispensed.
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button as many
You can press the
times as you want before you press the
number button.
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Operation
To dispense a length of tape twice
the length of a number button:
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Operation
To adjust the length of a number
button and then double it:
To dispense 63”,
To dispense 84”.
Press
buttons) = 31 ½”.
(2 times 42 = 84)
31 ½” times 2 (for the
button) = 63”.
To dispense 54”.
Press
(2 times 27 = 54).
First press the
the number button.
The
button can be used together with
or
button to double the
the
length of an adjusted number button. For
example;
button and then press
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Press:
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•
and then pressing
Pressing
the
button will dispense 84” of tape.
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and then pressing the
Pressing
button will dispense 54” of tape.
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If you press the
button three times
button, and
(to add 1 ½”), press the
then press the
number button, 63” of
tape will be dispensed.
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Operation
To repeat the length previously
dispensed (Standard Model):
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Operation
To repeat the length previously
dispensed (Automatic Model):
The dispenser “remembers” the last two
length of tape dispensed and stores those
values in its memory.
The REPEAT Button – Lower left on the keyboard
Standard Mode.
The dispenser “remembers” the last length of
tape dispensed and stores that value in its
memory.
To dispense a Six Inch tape, press
once. Remove the piece of tape.
Press
Pressing the REPEAT key dispenses the
same length of tape that was previously
dispensed. This is especially handy if you are
dispensing a tape length that was adjusted
or
,
buttons.
using the
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this will also dispense a
six inch tape.
and a nine inch piece of tape will
Press
be dispensed. Remove the piece of tape.
The REPEAT key also repeats standard
number button lengths.
Press
Each time you dispense a different length of
tape by pressing a different button or
combination of buttons, that new figure:
Remove the piece of tape … press
a six inch piece of tape will be
dispensed.
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Is stored in the REPEAT button memory
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Becomes the length dispensed the next
time you press the REPEAT button.
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a nine inch piece of tape
will again be dispensed.
In this way, any two lengths can be
memorized by the unit's electronics and can
be repeated using
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Automatic Mode:
Operation
To Repeat Two Tape Lengths
Automatically:
In the Automatic Mode, removing a piece of
tape from the dispenser causes another piece
of tape to be dispensed automatically.
First make sure the memory is clear of any
lengths previously stored.
Additionally, in the Automatic Mode, the
dispenser can remember up to three tape
lengths and automatically dispense them in
the order in which they were entered.
To do this, press "A", the indicator turns off.
Remove any piece of tape that may have been
dispensed but not removed. Press "A" again. The
indicator lights (red) and the memory is cleared and
ready for your input.
To Activate Automatic Mode:
1) Make sure that the last piece of tape
dispensed has been removed.
Press
… a six inch tape will be
dispensed. Remove the six inch tape.
2) Press
Press
3) The indicator will be illuminated (red).
… a nine inch tape will be
Press
dispensed. Remove the nine inch piece of
tape.
To Repeat One Tape Length
Automatically:
Press
… a six inch tape will be
Press the
dispensed. Remove the six inch tape.
Press
Press
A six inch piece of tape will be dispensed.
Remove the six inch piece of tape and a nine
inch piece will automatically be dispensed.
Removing the nine inch piece will then
automatically dispense a six inch piece.
Press
A six inch piece of tape will be dispensed remove it and another six inch piece of tape
will be dispensed automatically.
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Operation
To Repeat Three Tape Lengths
Automatically:
First make sure the memory is clear of any
lengths previously stored.
To do this, press "A", the indicator turns off. Remove
any piece of tape that may have been dispensed and
not removed. Press "A" again. The indicator lights (red)
and the memory is cleared and ready for your input.
Press
… a six inch tape will be
dispensed. Remove the six inch tape.
Press
… a nine inch tape will be
Press
dispensed. Remove the nine inch piece of
tape.
Press
… a twelve inch tape will be
Press
dispensed. Remove the twelve inch piece of
tape.
Press
Press
A "6" inch piece of tape will be dispensed and as
each successive piece is removed the unit
automatically continues to dispense in the correct
sequence: … 9, 12, 6, 9, 12, 6, 9, 12 … and so
on.
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Sealing with Gummed Tape
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Choosing the Best Tape for Your
Application
Section 3 – Tips on Carton Sealing
Advantages of Water Activated Tape:
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Depending on its type and manufacturer,
water activated tape is also called:
• Gummed paper tape
• Kraft tape
• Reinforced tape
• Reinforced paper tape
Strong, secure seal
Neat appearance
May be printed on during application
Adheres well even in dirty, dusty
environments
Up to ten times stronger than plastic tape
Doesn’t stick to itself during application
Permanent bond formed when the
adhesive penetrates the corrugated board
Unaffected by extremes of cold, heat, light
or humidity
Even when damaged, it retains strength. It
doesn’t run, tear, or stretch
Tamper evident if the seal is compromised
Environmentally friendly and recyclable
Eliminates repetitive wrist motions of
hand-held guns
Discourages theft – tape won’t “pop off”
Economical – never need more than one
strip of tape per seal
Identifying the Types of Tape
The following table list the types of tape and
their identifying characteristics:
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Type
Characteristic
Water Activated or
Gummed Tape
Gummed adhesive on the
back which must be wet, or
reactivated, by water
Paper Tape or Kraft
Paper Tape
Made from paper only with
no additional reinforcing
material
Reinforced Tape or
Reinforced Paper
Tape
Contains stands of
reinforcing material
Tapes are differentiated by:
• Their color – natural or white
• The weight of the paper used in the top
and bottom sheets
• The presence of reinforcing material and
the thickness, the number of reinforcing
strands and the weave pattern of the
strands
• The glue formula
Sealing cartons with reinforced gummed tape
has been called “the professional’s choice”
because of its superior strength, durability
and neat appearance.
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Sealing with Gummed Tape
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The Different Grades (Weights) of Sealing
Tape (listed in order of increasing
strength):
• Paper tape
• Economy grade reinforced tape
• Light weight reinforced tape
• Medium weight reinforced tape
• Heavy weight reinforced tape
• Extra heavy weight reinforced tape
• Boxmakers tape
What you should know about adhesive
formulas:
• Almost all adhesives today are starchbased and therefore very friendly to users
and the environment.
• Open time is the length of time (in
seconds) that it takes the adhesive to
begin to bond to the corrugated.
− Adhesive formulas that are quick to set
have a short “open time”.
− Adhesives that take longer to set have
a longer open time.
• As long as the adhesive has not yet set,
the moistened piece of tape may be
straightened or move to another location.
• If there is stress on the carton seal, as in
the case of an over-stuffed carton, then it
is desirable to have a shorter (quicker)
open time.
• If the carton is large, then it is desirable to
have a longer open time.
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Selecting Tape:
• Use the lightest and thinnest tapes for
cartons:
− Of low value
− Shipped a short distance
− Stacked on a pallet and wrapped in
shrink wrap
• Use the heavier and thicker tapes for
cartons:
− That are heavy
− That have great value
− That are shipped long distances
− That are shipped individually and are
not shrink wrapped.
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Proper Tape Moistening:
Adjusting the Amount of Water Applied to
the Tape:
• Adjust the height of the water bottle:
− Higher to apply more water
− Lower to apply less water
• Never use any dispenser for water
activated tape without a water bottle.
• Do not add water to the water bottle
“whenever it looks low”. This will always:
− Cause overwetting when the tank is
first filled
− Cause underwetting when it needs to
be refilled
Dispense a piece of tape and examine the
adhesive surface. The tape should:
• Be evenly wet
• Have no dry spots
• Have no spots where water is running off
the surface
Rub the wet adhesive with your finger.
• The adhesive should have an “oily” feel
and consistency.
• You should be able to move the adhesive
underneath your finger.
When you rub two wet adhesive surfaces of
the tape together against each other, you
should see “strings” of adhesive stretching
between the two surfaces as you pull them
apart, looking much like taffy as it is pulled.
If the tape is too wet or watery, it:
• Will not set fast enough
• May slip slightly over the surface of the
carton, causing a “loose” seal
If the tape is not wet enough, it:
• May be tacky or sticky like pressure
sensitive tape, but not “oily” like properly
moistened tape
• Is too dry to properly activate the adhesive
which will prevent a permanent bond from
forming (because the adhesive cannot
penetrate the corrugate fibers).
• May too easily pull off the carton during
handling and transportation.
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Setting the Heater Controls
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Choosing the Correct Tape Length
In most situations, the application of heat is
helpful for reactivation of the adhesive.
In most situations, the correct length of tape
is the total length of the seam to be sealed
plus a two to three inch (5cm-8cm) overlap
on each side.
• On extremely long cartons, such as
those used for furniture or mattresses, an
overlap of four to five inches (10cm13cm) may be best.
• On very short cartons, those less than
16 to 20 inches, only a one or two inch
(3cm-5cm) overlap may be necessary.
Different tape manufacturers use different
adhesive formulas. Some require more or
less heat than others.
You should experiment with different heat
settings to optimize adhesive performance for
the tape you are using and the conditions
under which you are operating. Carton
sealing done in a cold meat packing plant will
certainly require a higher temperature setting
than will carton sealing done in a tropical
plant nursery.
Applying Tape to the Carton
As a general rule, the strength of the
adhesive bond will increase as the
temperature setting of the heater is increased
up to some optimum point. Too much heat:
• Will cause the tape to dry too quickly
before the glue has properly set.
• Can cause the tape to curl and become
difficult to work with.
• In extreme cases, can cause delamination
of the tape, causing the tape to fail.
See Chapter 2 on adjusting the heater.
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The best way to apply the tape to the carton
is:
1. Place the wet tape on the end of one of
the flaps to be sealed so that:
− Half of the tape’s width is on one flap
− The other half is overhanging
2. Fold the flap without the tape down to its
closed position.
3. Fold the other carton flap (the one with the
overhanging tape) down into its proper
closed position so that the overhanging
portion of the tape is now in contact with
the other flap on the opposite side of the
carton.
4. Starting from the middle of the carton,
apply a light downward pressure and wipe
your hands over the tape on top of the
carton flaps. Move from the center to the
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sides and then down over the overlapping
ends in the sides of the carton.
Sometimes wiping the tape down a
second time before releasing the carton is
helpful.
This process will ensure:
• Full adhesion of the adhesive
• A strong permanent bond
• A neat professional appearance of the
sealed carton.
NOTE: It is not necessary to apply more than
one piece of tape to any one seam
being sealed. Reinforced water
activated tape provides and extremely
strong seal.
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Maintenance
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Maintenance
Washing the Tank, Brushes, and Bottle
Section 4 - MAINTENANCE
You should wash the water tank, brushes and
bottle with warm water and soap on a weekly
basis. This is mostly to clean the hard dried
adhesive from the brushes so they remain
soft, supple, and wet the tape well for proper
adhesion.
There is very little maintenance required to
keep your tape dispenser working in top
condition.
What is required, however, is important to
perform.
Remove the brushes from the tank to remove
any old dried adhesive. You will need to tilt
the brushes to clear the retaining bracket. Be
sure to replace the brushes in the tank
correctly. See Figure 17. Facing the brushes
in the wrong direction can result in poor
moistening and tape jamming.
Maintenance is basically:
ΠKeeping the machine clear of tape jams
ΠCleaning the water tank, bottle, and
brushes
ΠKeeping the shear blade clean
ΠKeeping the blade oiler moist
The brush tips are cut at an angle and in 3
unique lengths. They are designed to be used
in one direction only.
These are outlined in the following pages.
WARNING: Never cut the ends of the brush
tips to remove dried glue … the brush will be
too short and will not work properly.
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Maintenance
Cleaning the Shear Blades
Brushes must be angled toward the front of the
dispenser in order to work. Shorter brushes go in the
back.
When using reinforced tapes laminated with
asphalt or resin, this material can accumulate
on the blades and interfere with cutting the
tape. Even paper tape with no reinforcement
can cause an accumulation of dust and glue
on the blades. Use a small brush and naptha
to remove this accumulation.
Installing the brushes backwards will cause a
WARNING: Be sure the dispenser is OFF
before performing any cleaning operations.
Press Here to
Lift Shear
Blade into
View
At first, tilt the brush
toward the dispenser so
that the head of the cotter
pin clears the retaining
bracket as you push the
brushes into the tank.
Used
to
raise
the
Shear
Blade
Then, tilt the brush back
so that it seats flatly on
the bottom of the tank
Figure 17 - Inserting Brushes into the Tank
Shear
Blade
Figure 18 – Moving Shear Blade into View
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6. Swing the heater assembly up out of the
way and check for and clear any jams in
front of the shear blade.
Clearing Jams
If the tape jams inside the dispenser near the
cutting blade, proceed as follows:
7. Replace the upper tape plate and feed the
tape back into position when you have
cleared the jam. See Figures 20 and 21.
1. Turn the dispenser OFF and UNPLUG it.
Upper
Tape
Plate
Drive
Wheel
Figure 19 – On/Off Switch Location
Shear
Blade
2. Cut the tape roll just behind the upper
tape plate to get it out of your way.
3. Remove the upper tape plate.
Figure 20 - Installing the Upper Tape Plate
4. Raise the shear blade by moving the lever
located to the right of the feed wheel
forward.
5. Pull out any jammed tape. Push the lever
back to lower the shear blade to its normal
operating position.
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Rubber Roller
Maintenance
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Maintenance
Changing the Fuse
Upper Tape Plate
If the dispenser is plugged in but doesn’t
work, it is probably the safety interlock switch.
The safety interlock switch makes contact
when the top cover is properly closed. Before
performing any other diagnostic checks,
ensure that the top cover is fully closed and
that the switch is activated when the cover is
closed.
Shear Blade
Feed the tape:
• Over the Rubber Roller
• Under the Upper Tape Plate
• Under the Guide Bar
• Up Against the Shear Blade.
If the top cover is properly closed and the
on/off switch doesn’t light in the “ON”
position, it may indicate a blown fuse.
Proceed as follows:
Figure 21 - Feeding the Tape
1. Unplug the dispenser’s power cord from
the wall.
2. Determine if the outlet is OK. Test the
outlet with a light or other device.
3. If the outlet is OK, remove the fuse holder
from the electrical panel at the rear of the
dispenser and check the fuse to see if it is
blown. A break in the filament (the thin
wire running the length of the fuse)
indicates the fuse is blown. See Figure 22.
Use a continuity tester to check the fuse if
you are unsure.
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Lubrication
FUSE
(A break in the
filament indicates
the fuse is blown.)
The blade oiler is a felt pad that presses
lightly on the back of the shear blade.
Blade Oiler
(Pushed away
from shear blade)
Figure 22 - Fuse Holder Location
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•
If the fuse is blown, replace it with one
rated at AL T2 250V.
•
If the fuse is OK and the system is still
not working, contact your dealer for
service or call Better Packages for
assistance at:
1 (800) 237-9151 (in the US only) or
1 (203) 925-2884 (outside of US)
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Figure 23 - Blade Oiler Location
1. Turn the dispenser off and unplug it.
2.
Pull back gently on the blade oiler to
move it away from the shear blade.
3. Keep the felt pad slightly moist by adding
several drops of light machine oil at
regular weekly or monthly intervals
depending on use. Do not over oil. The
oil will keep your shear blade lubricated
for clean, fast cutting.
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4. Gently push the oiler back into position
next to the shear blade.
5. Plug the dispenser back in.
NOTE: All other moving parts of the machine
are permanently lubricated and SHOULD
NOT BE LUBRICATED. Putting oil or grease
on the oilite bearings clogs them up and
makes them wear prematurely.
!
CAUTION: Do not oil the feed roller
shaft.
!
WARNING: DO NOT USE SPRAY
LUBRICANTS, SPRAY CLEANER OR
OTHER FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS, ON
OR INSIDE THIS TAPE DISPENSER.
CLEANING
Inside the dispenser:
• Brush out paper dust
• Do Not use spray cleaners
Exterior surface of the dispenser:
• Use a mild soap and water
• No ammonia based cleaning agents or
solvents
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Specifications
Section 5 – Specifications
Model Descriptions
(See Page 54 for a complete listing of models)
The Better Packages Model 555 is available
in four variations.
• Standard models are available with either
long or short lengths on their keypads.
BP555eS Standard Short Length
BP555eL Standard Long Length
•
Automatic models are also available with
either long or short lengths on their
keypads.
BP555eSA Automatic Short Length
BP555eLA Automatic Long Length
The difference between Automatic and
Standard models is the capability for the
Automatic models to dispense the next piece
of tape automatically each time a piece is
removed. A repeating pattern of up to three
different lengths can be automatically
dispensed with this feature. The lengths of
these pieces can be standard keypad button
,
lengths or lengths adjusted using the
or
buttons.
the
Additionally, Automatic mode allows the
preset of two lengths using both
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Technical Specifications
Dispenser performance, capacities,
dimensions, and weight are listed in the
following table:
NOTE: Metric equivalents are shown in
parentheses ( ) following the English
measurements.
Characteristic
Tape Width
Maximum Tape Roll
Diameter
Tape Lengths
Dispensed
Dispensing Speed
Number of Brushes
Water Bottle Capacity
Shipping Weight
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Power Requirements
555eS, eSA, eL, eLA
555eM, eMA
555eJ, eJA
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Measurement
1.5” – 3.0” (3.8 cm – 7.7 cm)
10”
(25 cm)
Short Models (auto & std.)
6” to 45” (15 cm – 114 cm)
Long Models (auto and std.)
12” to 90” (30 cm – 228 cm)
45 inches per second
(114 cm per second)
3
34 oz (1 liter)
32 lbs (15 kgs)
20” x 12.5” x 12”
(51cm x 32cm x 30cm)
115V 60Hz, 4 Amps
230V 50/60Hz, 2 Amps
100V 50/60Hz, 4 Amps
NOTE: Models produced for the Metric
market may have keypads with different
lengths than those shown in the above table.
and
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Port Connectivity
The 9-pin female connector at the rear of the
dispenser is an Input/Output port (I/O)
allowing the user to send commands or
retrieve information from the dispenser.
•
On standard models, this I/O port is
active for use with pedal foot switches or
other similar devices which use the
“contact closure” method of sending a
signal.
•
On automatic models, this I/O port also
provides access to the dispenser’s RS232C serial data port. Pedal foot switches
or other “contact closure” devices may still
be used on automatic models.
Connector Configurations
Both standard and automatic models are
equipped with 9-pin female D-type
connectors.
Models
Model
Length,
Unit of
Measure
Voltage
Country
Continent
Used
BP555e S
Short, Inch
115V 60Hz
US/Canada (1)
BP555e SA
Short, Inch
115V 60Hz
US/Canada (1)
BP555e L
Long, Inch
115V 60Hz
US/Canada (1)
BP555e LA
Long, Inch
115V 60Hz
US/Canada (1)
BP555e M
Metric
230V 50Hz
Europe (2)
BP555e MA
Metric
230V 50Hz
Europe (2)
BP555e J
Metric
100V 50/60 HZ
Japan (1)
BP555e JA
Metric
100V 50/60 HZ
Japan (1)
BP555e F
Short, Inch
230V 50 Hz
Far East (1)
BP555e FA
Short, Inch
230V 50Hz
Far East (1)
(1) Tape gummed side in, (2) Tape gummed side out
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Warranty & Service
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Warranty & Service
Section 6 - Warranty & Service
For service (in or out of warranty), contact
Uline at 1-800-295-5510.
Limited Warranty
The manufacturer warrants each new Better
Packages machine and accessory to be free
from defects in material and workmanship
under normal and proper use, its obligation
under this warranty being limited to making
good any defective parts within two years
after delivery to the original purchaser.
The Company will replace any defective parts
within warranty, on a no-charge basis. The
Distributor will furnish for the first 6 months,
without charge necessary labor, or instruct
the customer’s Maintenance Department in
servicing the machine.
This warranty does not include motor
brushes, water brushes or cutter blades that
are replaced for normal usage unless proven
to be defective.
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Index
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Table of Contents
A
C
Adjusting the Roll Guides
3
Cartons, sealing
Adjusting the amount of water applied to the
tape
Advantages of water activated gummed tape
Applying tape to the carton
Choosing the best tape for the application
Choosing the correct tape length
Different grades of sealing tape
Identifying types of tape
Proper tape moistening
Selecting tape
Setting the heater controls
What you should know about glue formulas
Adjustments
Adjusting the amount of water applied to the
tape
Adjusting the Roll Guides
35
3
Automatic Model
Automatic Mode
Selecting the tape length
Standard Mode
To activate Automatic Mode
To repeat one tape length automatically
To repeat the length previously dispensed
To repeat three tape lengths automatically
To repeat two tape lengths automatically
29
20
28
29
29
28
31
30
Attaching the power cord
14
Cautions
B
Better Packages
Address
E-Mail
Fax
Phone
Web Site
56
56
56
56
56
37
32
39
33
39
35
33
36
35
38
34
Front of manual
Changing the fuse
48
Checking the upper tape plate
7
Cleaning
Cleaning - inside and out
Cleaning the shear blade
44
Clearing jams
45
Contacting Better Packages
56
Customer Survey Form
Front of manual
D
E
E-Mail
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F
M
Fuse
Changing the fuse
48
Maintenance
G
Gummed Tape
Advantages of water activated gummed tape
32
H
Cleaning - inside and out
Cleaning the shear blade
Clearing jams
Changing the fuse
Lubrication
Washing the tank, brushes, and bottle
44
45
48
50
42
Model descriptions
52
Mounting to a work bench
12
Heater Controls
Adjusting the settings on the heater assembly
Setting the heater controls
18
38
N
I
Installing the bottle and water tank
O
9
Operation
Adjusting the setting on the heater assembly
Selecting the tape length (Automatic)
Selecting the tape length (Standard)
To adjust the length of a number button then
double it
To dispense a length of tape twice the length
of a number button
To dispense a random length of tape
To dispense a specific length of tape
To dispense a tape longer than the amount on
the number button
To dispense a tape shorter than the amount on
the number button
To repeat the length previously dispensed
(Automatic)
To repeat the length previously dispensed
(Standard)
Turning the system "ON"
J
Jams, Clearing
45
K
L
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5
Lubrication
50
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20
19
26
25
21
22
23
24
28
27
17
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P
Table of Contents
S
Port connectivity
54
Power cord, attaching
14
Prepare the unit for operation
3
Proprietary Notice
Front of manual
Publication Notice
Front of manual
Sealing Cartons
Adjusting the amount of water applied to the
tape
Advantages of water activated gummed tape
Applying tape to the carton
Choosing the best tape for the application
Choosing the correct tape length
Different grades of sealing tape
Identifying types of tape
Proper tape moistening
Selecting tape
Setting the heater controls
What you should know about glue formulas
Q
37
33
39
33
39
35
33
36
35
38
34
Service
Cleaning - inside and out
Cleaning the shear blade
Clearing jams
Changing the fuse
Lubrication
Washing the tank, brushes, and bottle
R
Repeating Tape Lengths
Automatic Model
To repeat one tape length automatically
To repeat the length previously
dispensed
To repeat three tape lengths
automatically
To repeat two tape lengths automatically
Standard Model
To repeat the length previously
dispensed
29
28
Service Contact
E-Mail
Phone number
56
56
31
Setup
Adjusting the Roll Guides
Attaching the power cord
Checking the contents
Checking the upper tape plate
Fill out the Warranty Card
Installing the bottle and water tank
Loading the tape
Mounting to a work bench
Prepare the unit for operation
Unpacking the tape dispenser
30
27
Roll Guides
Adjusting the Roll Guides
44
45
48
50
42
3
3
14
1
7
2
9
5
12
3
1
Shear Blades
Cleaning the shear blades
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Specifications
Model descriptions
Port connectivity
Technical specifications
52
54
53
U
Unpacking and Setup
T
Tape
Adjusting the amount of water applied to the
tape
Advantages of water activated gummed tape
Applying tape to the carton
Choosing the best tape for the application
Choosing the correct tape length
Different grades of sealing tape
Identifying types of tape
Loading the tape
Proper tape moistening
Selecting tape
Selecting the tape length (Automatic))
Selecting the tape length (Standard)
To adjust the length of a number button then
double it
To dispense a length of tape twice the length
of a number button
To dispense a random length of tape
To dispense a specific length of tape
To dispense a tape longer than the amount on
the number button
To dispense a tape shorter than the amount on
the number button
To repeat the length previously dispensed
(Automatic)
To repeat the length previously dispensed
(Standard)
37
32
39
33
39
35
33
5
36
35
20
19
26
Adjusting the Roll Guides
Attaching the power cord
Checking the contents
Checking the upper tape plate
Fill out the Warranty Card
Installing the bottle and water tank
Loading the tape
Mounting to a work bench
Prepare the unit for operation
Unpacking the tape dispenser
3
14
1
7
2
9
5
12
3
1
Unpacking the tape dispenser
1
V
25
W
21
22
23
Warranty Card
Fill out the Warranty Card
2
Limited Warranty
55
28
Water Bottle and Tank
Installing the bottle and water tank
9
27
Web Site
56
24
Tape Plate
Adjusting the force of the tape plate
37
Technical specifications
53
X
Y
Z
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