ZonePro Series Small Area Laser Processing

Preco ZonePro Series Flexible Packaging Machine

Versatile Laser Processing

Preco's ZonePro small area laser processing machine is the most versatile laser processing system in the market, whether it be controlled depth laser scoring or laser perforating. Zone processing machines combine lasers with 2D scan head technology to direct the laser beam while processing "on the fly". Each individual laser module has the ability to add scoring or perforating features within a defined "width" or "zone" across the web. Laser scoring for easy-opening packages can be continuous web direction straight lines, contour lines or intermittent dash lines.

Applications

Laser Perforating / Slits

  • Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)
  • Microwave steam release venting
  • Air evacuation for quick fill packages
  • Breathable packaging for altitude changes - burst protection 
  • Intermittent slits for easy tear
  • Shapes / special features for accessing packages

Laser Scoring

  • Pouches, trays & snack packaging
  • Reclosable features - zippers / sliders
  • Contour or shape features
  • Medical packaging
  • Controlled depth slits for microwave venting

Laser Marking

  • Date coding
  • Brand identification
  • Security / anti-counterfeiting

Crazy fast on-the-fly processing.

If your need is for laser perforating, the ZonePro machine offers a broad range of hole diameters. Hole diameters from 90 µm (0.0035 in.) up to the total working width of the focusing heads are possible.

Preco's Zone Processing Laser Module Laser Perforating

Zone processing module – pattern perforation

MATERIALS

  • Polyester
  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • EVOH
  • Nylon
  • Laminated Structures
  • Metalized Films 
  • PLA

CAPABILITIES

  • Laser Marking
  • Web Direction Perforating
  • Zone Perforating 
  • Contour Laser Scoring
  • Shape Scoring
  • Web Direction Scoring
  • Cross Web Scoring 
  • Laser Cutting

Features & Benefits

Just some of the many benefits of buying a Preco ZonePro laser processing machine.

Non-Contact Processing

Eliminates inconsistencies of knives and mechanical perforators

Various Materials and Thicknesses

Process a variety of packaging materials ranging in thickness to 12 mil

Superior Score Quality

Consistent depth and uniformity of score line. Repeatable strength and tear quality

Customizable Equipment

Laser systems operate as stand-alone units or can be integrated into an existing production line

Ramp Up – Ramp Down Control

Eliminates scrap caused by the overpowering of material at slower than normal processing speeds

Quick Setup and Pattern Change

Easy to use Windows® based software enables adjustable score depths and perforation hole size and spacing

Eyespot Registration

Registers eyespots before processing and aligns process pattern and process spacing

Closed Loop Power Control (Optional)

Precision control of laser energy, unique to Preco

Tech Specs

Technical parameters are based on a baseline standard but all Preco ZonePro laser machines can be customized to meet your product's needs.

  Vertical
Lasers 1 - 8
Output Heads 1 - 8
Cross Axis Beam Adjustment Rows 2 Rows (4 output heads per row maximum)
Laser Power 100 - 160 Watts (Other laser sizes available per request)
Web Width Standard 1600 mm (63 in.)
Laser Power 100 -200 Watts (Other laser sizes available per request)
Laser Wavelengths  9.3 µm, 10.2 µm or 10.6 µm
Scan Head 2-Axis
AcuBeam™ Software Included
Patented AcuPower™ Control Adjustment of laser power "on-the-fly" based on beam movements
Safety Enclosure Class 1
Lower Web Stabilization Support Included 
Scoring Speed (Web Direction) Up to 610 m/min (2,000 ft./min)
Scoring Speed (Shapes) Up to 457 m/min (1,500 ft./min)
Venting Speed (Short slit pattern) Up to 457 m/min (1,500 ft./min)
Perforation Speed Up to 457 m/min (1,500 ft./min)
Perforation Hole Size  90 µm (0.0035 in.) and greater
Perforating Precision  1:1.4 Hole aspect ratio
System Footprint Cross Web: 3150 mm (124 in.)
Web Direction: 1524 mm (60 in.)
Height: 2800 mm (110 in.)
Power Requirements Controller: 208VAC, 3PH, 60Hz
Chiller: 460VAC, 3PH, 60Hz

The above data is subject to change. All specifications are dependent on laser power, material type and thickness, and process platform - consult with a Preco associate.

Laser Equipment Line for Flexible Packaging

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ZonePro Series

Small Area Laser Processing

The ZonePro series has the ability to add scoring or perforating features within a defined width or "zone" across the flexible packaging material.

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Cross Web Series

Large Area Laser Processing

The Cross Web Series was designed to laser perforate, score and cut shapes or lines on-the-fly across the web.

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Web Direction Series

Laser Processing Machine

Designed for laser micro-perforating, scoring and microwave venting in the web direction with high-speed capabilities.

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FlashLite Laser Modules

Compact Integratabtle Laser Modules

FlashLite Modules offer laser scoring and laser micro-perforating for easy-open, easy-fill and easy breathe packaging.

Have Questions? Contact Us

Reach out to a Preco sales representative directly to get your project started.

Equipment Sales

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Kurt Hatella

VP, Laser Equipment
715.247.3285
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Tim Gamboni

Sales Manager – Laser Packaging
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Salvatore Scarvaci

European Managing Director
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Volker Hofmann

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