ProMach’s product brand Roberts PolyPro is set to introduce first fully automated can handle applicator, THA240, for craft beer and spirits packaging lines.
The THA240 automated can handle applicator holds the capacity to handle four-packs or six-packs at a rate of 10 cases per minute.
Roberts PolyPro has designed the new can handle applicator to work with core can type sizes such as slim, sleek and standard.
The new machine is provided with a pneumatic gantry system to pick the handles out of a magazine and keep them on the rim of the cans in an intermittent operation.
The gantry system picks either six 4-pack handles or four 6-pack handles from the magazines and places them on the cans, during each pick and place cycle.
Roberts PolyPro’s new handle applicator enables to avoid change parts or modifications while switching between 12 ounce or 16 ounce standard sized cans or handle styles, allowing customers to easily all sizes when required.
Minimal change parts will be used to switch from the standard can to the slim or sleek sized cans.
With both sides of the magazine filled, the machine can operate continuously for around 30 minutes before the handle magazines need to be restored.
The handle magazines can be easily reloaded via magazine access door, while maintaining operation to minimize downtime.
The THA240 can handle applicator also features easy-to-use controls that help operator to quickly start and stop the machine, enabling to save additional downtime.
Roberts PolyPro will exhibit the THA240 automated can handle applicator at this year’s Pack Expo event in Chicago, which will be held from 14 to 17 October.
Roberts PolyPro general manager and vice president Roy Tetreault said: “Designing a machine that make things easy and keeps things moving was our goal. We wanted to provide brewers with a handle applicator that supported them as they scaled up production for off-site distribution but minimized, as much as possible, manual interaction.”
“The THA240 is also designed in a way that makes it a relatively easy add to current operations without suffering much, if any, disruption. It truly is an outstanding solution for craft beer and spirits applications.”