Model 108RT for high speed depalletizing of reverse taper bottles
June 2, 2014
Reverse taper bottles can present a depalletizing challenge because their smaller base configuration causes instability during transfer. A-B-C has introduced the Model 108RT, a depalletizer with proprietary features that maintain bottle stability for reverse taper bottles during high speed transfer from the pallet and throughout single filing. These features include devices that square and secure the top pallet layer and also the secondary layer prior to container transfer, and maintain the slipsheet firmly as the top layer is swept from the pallet to the loading table. In addition, each product load is kept under control on all four sides from the pallet throughout the depalletizing process, to contain the bottles in a tight pack, which enhances stability. Bottles are single filed with a conveyor designed to gently “pull” them from the pack and guide them to the line conveyor. Picture frames and slipsheets are automatically removed, separated and stacked.
The depalletizer’s compact design provides economical floor level operation and offers low, medium, or high level discharge. The open profile ensures high visibility of all operation and easy access for maintenance. Built for reliable, long-term operation, this depalletizer has a solid channel steel frame and welded and bolted construction. The transfer table is crafted of stainless steel for smooth container transfer. Additional performance features include heavy shafts and industrial roller chain for the sweep drive and elevator drive. Operation and changeover are managed at the touchscreen operator panel which provides access to real-time operating data, diagnostic reports, and full machine manuals.
Bulk depalletizer offers craft brewers an easy upgrade from manual bottle unloading
October 22, 2014
A-B-C has a solution for craft brewers who want to automate their bulk bottle unloading in the Model 108 depalletizer that offers simple and reliable operation with features for maximum bottle stability and smooth handling. It has a small footprint for reduced installation costs and a low level design for easy access and maintenance. With energy-efficient electric operation and many upgraded features as standard equipment, this depalletizer combines top productivity with low cost of ownership.
The depalletizer runs 12 oz. and 22 oz. beer bottles interchangeably with no adjustments and can unload many other bottle types and styles as well. Bottlers will appreciate the long term reliability of the Model 108 due to the machine’s quality construction with solid, channel steel frame, heavy shafts and counterweighted elevator table. Bottles stability is ensured as layers are handled under full control from the pallet stack to the discharge table–each layer is squared on all sides before transfer–and the front of the load is retained as the layer reaches the discharge table to ensure smooth transfer. The variable frequency motor provides soft start, soft stop operation.
Bottlers can choose their level of automation from available options including slipsheet removal, empty pallet stacker, full pallet conveyor, and a variety of pallet conveyor and single filing devices.
Case sealer runs very small cases at high speeds
January 5, 2015
High speed sealing for small, lightweight cases only three inches tall was the challenge presented to A-B-C. The solution was a case sealer with unique features to ensure total case control while automatically feeding back-to-back cases, positively folding the inner flaps, and gently closing and sealing the large outer flaps at speeds to 50 cases/minute.
The pacer belt case transfer automatically spaces each case whether they are fed apart or back-to-back. The side belt transfer is designed to control the lightweight cases as they are conveyed. The inner flaps are positively folded and closed by the servo-operated rotating inner flap tucker and A-B-C’s contoured, cast aluminum folders crease and fold the large outer flaps as cases are transferred. The unique design of the flap folders ensures proper folding and square cases, even if running corrugated with poor scorelines. Cases are sealed with tape by an exterior-mounted tape head that enables quick and easy roll replacement.
At only 10’ long x 3’ wide, this sealer has a space-saving small footprint–but this is no lightweight machine. With a heavy gauge stainless steel frame and welded and bolted construction, it is built to ensure reliable, long-term operation. Gull-wing style high visibility doors securely enclose the machine and halt production when opened. Features for reduced maintenance include sealed bearings and self-lubricated pneumatics. Changeover is completed in minutes with only three manual adjustments.
High volume case erector offers money-saving features
May 18, 2015
The Model 330HS has high performance features that reduce operating costs plus an on-demand adhesive system that is proven to save money. It is packed with production features that are offered as options on other machines. These standard features include a case discharge that gently uprights cases during transfer to the conveyor for smooth operation with no case backup; large capacity, easy-load KD magazine that can be refilled without lifting; and color touchscreen operator panel that simplifies setup and operation, with network capability; and full gull wing machine guards that halt operation when opened and lift to allow complete machine access.
This erector offers 5-minute changeover for quick return to production, eliminating the need for costly auto-adjust options. Case width and height are set with rapid-adjust cranks, and arm and back plate are adjusted by slides with locking handles. If sealing ram adjustment is needed (for a major size change), it is completed easily with one tool.
This erector is designed to accommodate tank-free hot melt dispensing systems and applicators that can reduce energy, maintenance, and adhesive expenditures and help packagers achieve significant savings on operating costs.
Finally, the Model 330HS takes less-than-perfect corrugated and keeps on running, with independent grippers on the case feed that accommodate warped and band-marked cases plus dual gripper case openers that over-open the outer case flaps to ensure easy inner flap closing for smooth operation even when running cases with poor manufacturers’ joints.
The Model 330HS combines reliable production at speeds to 40 cases per minute with moneysaving features that can make a positive impact on the bottom line.