The new P328S banding tool shares most of the mechanical parts with the reliable standard P328. The "S" version has a touchscreen instead of buttons. The screen allows the tool to run in manual or automatic. The manual version has a spot on the screen that looks like the tension button, and a second that looks like the weld button. Manual mode will stop tensioning when the button is released. The big advantage is now the tool can run on auto mode. Hitting the screen one time does everything, no second button push required. The Fromm P328S can run 1/2" or 5/8" (but is set for just 1 width and thickness). It comes with 2 batteries (5 amp hour), and a charger.
Strap database management, updating and service readout with Wireless Technology (option) The Smart, all-in-one and easy to operate slanted color touch screen 3-in-1 tool, easy selecting manual, semi-automatic and automatic operation One-handed operation to set & lock the tension force, speed and sealing time Incorporated maintenance info Very high tension force with adjustable tension speed Tension force and sealing time adjustable The latest touch screen technology incorporated with wireless Bluetooth capability built into the most advanced FROMM Strapping tool produced to date. Easy selection between manual, semi-automatic and automatic mode with the touch of a button. These strapping tools are equipped with the modern Lithium-Ion battery technology and a reinforced 18 Volt brush-less motor.
P32.0223 Standard suspension bracket (pivoted)
P32.0231 Standard Suspension bracket (fixed)
P32.0226 Wearing Plate (metal) for rough and hard surfaces P32.0227 Wearing plate (metal) to protect the complete bottom side of tool P32.0241 Protection plate (plastic) to protect packages with a sensitive surface P32.0228 Motor cooling fan
Strapping qualities: Polypropylene (PP) and Polyester (PET)
Strap Size:12.0 – 16.0 mm x 0.40 – 1.05 mm / 1/2″ – 5/8” x .016 – .041”
Weight incl. battery: 4.3 kg / 9.6 lbs Tool sizes with battery: L351 x W134 x H143 mm / 13.8” x 5.3” x 5.6” Average seal strength: up to 75% (dependent on strap quality) Type of seal: Friction weld sealing Strap tension: 500 – 4000 N / 112 – 900 lbs (adjustable) Tensioning speed: 32 – 113 mm/s / 1.3 – 4.4 inch/s Power supply: Battery 18VDC / 5.0 Ah Li-Ion (standard upgrade from the standard 4)
Tool Repair: Need your P328S Tool Repaired? Send it to our tool repair department for a quick turnaround. You can't afford to have slow tool repair, and we average just 1 day on the P328S!
There is a debate between pushing on buttons on the P328, or pushing on the screen on the P328S. The screen gives the advantage of available auto mode, but potentially more delicate than a physical button.
If you like the screen, then the P328S is one of the best strapping tools. You need it on your packaging line. The single base makes it easier to use, and gives the ability for smaller and round bunks larger then 18" diameter. The single base will make it more resistant to damage when dropped, making this one tough tool. Other tools have a major liability built into the weld cycle, they depend on the operator to wait the couple seconds for the weld to cool. This tool holds the weld till it sets, and the dedicated motor releases for the operator to remove. There is no chance the operator can pull the tool off with a hot weld. Allstrap's tool repair department finds almost 1% of welds are damaged by operators not letting the weld cool properly. That 1% statistic is significant when your regular strapping operator is out, and the temporary replacement sends out packages with non-cooled welds. Now, no matter who's banding, the weld will be 100% every time with the P328S. We suggest you buy this banding tool!
Update 10-19: The touchscreen holds up very well, as have the motor and circuit board. The wear parts in the Fromm P328 have always been great, and the P328S has the identical feed wheel, knife, and grippers. The P328S is the tough battery strapping tool we were hoping for!