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New case erector brings high end production features to midrange production lines

Case erector for midrange packaging with speeds from 15-25 cpm

The Model 300 case erector for 10-25 cpm production lines–a midrange machine that offers key production features of A-B-C’s higher speed Model 330 erector to deliver 24/7 reliable operation in a streamlined machine designed to ensure accelerated ROI.
    
Key production features include an ergonomic, low-level KD magazine that is easy to load and includes automatic stack indexing that frees the operator for other tasks. The top-feeding KD magazine accommodates warped and band-marked cases and the cam-operated erecting arm over-opens cases by the outer flaps to ensure reliable inner flap folding. A mechanical main drive powers the walking beam case transfer that positively squares cases as they travel.

The Model 300 also includes clear sliding guards as standard equipment that offer high visibility and protect plant personnel by stopping the machine when opened. Maintenance is simplified with easy-access, exterior-mounted motors, sealed bearings, water eliminator, non-contact sensors and case backup eye. Changeover can be completed in minutes with no tools and simple crank adjusts to set points.

 “We designed the Model 300 case erectors to give packagers in the 15-25 cpm market a solid production machine at a reduced price point. Our markets include food and dairy processors, snack manufacturers, small beverage companies, petfood manufacturers, household, personal care, and chemical manufacturers,” said Bryan Sinicrope, A-B-C VP, sales and marketing. The Model 300 is available in both tape and adhesive sealing models.

 

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High volume case erector with new money-saving features

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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.

 

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Automatically position product for palletizing with overhead product orienter for chemical and household products

 

Automatically position product for high speed palletizing with overhead product orienter

A-B-C Packaging has introduced a high speed overhead orienter that accepts product for palletizing and turns it 90°, 180°, or 270° to automatically form the optimal pallet configuration for each product. The orienter can turn bags to form pallets with “butts-out” bag orientation, and rotate cases and trays for pallets requiring specific panel orientation.

Servo-powered for smooth handling and reliable operation, the mechanism quickly and gently grips and rotates the product to the proper position during high speed product accumulation.

Operation is fully automatic, and pre-programmed according to palletizing requirements, for one-touch operation at the palletizer’s touch screen display panel. New orientation sequences may be programmed simply by computer input at the control panel, or remotely by modem uplink.

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Depalletizer single filer maintains proper jug/handle orientation to ensure smooth downstream operations

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Container orientation is critical for proper filling, capping and label application, therefore, containers that get skewed during bulk depalletizing must be reoriented before moving downstream. A-B-C has eliminated this issue with a single filing module for the Model 108 depalletizer that maintains container/handle orientation as bottles or jugs are transferred from the bulk transfer table to the bottle conveyor. 

The depalletizer sweeps each layer in a contained unit from the pallet to the transfer table utilizing a motorized sweep bar that moves with the layer to ensure container stability and load integrity. At the single filing module, the containers travel from the table to the conveyor row by row, maintaining orientation. The module handles square or rectangular containers.

A-B-C’s Model 108 bulk depalletizer is available for low or high level operation, and can run loads to 110” high. The machine operates with A-B-C’s Intelligent Control to ensure simple operation and control from the touchscreen operator panel that also provides complete performance data and troubleshooting capabilities, as well as changeover settings.

 

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Partitioner ensures secure shipping of household cleaner bottles

 

Partition opener/inserter delivers enhanced precision and flexibilty

Model 70 partition opener/inserter inserts chipboard partitions into cases prior to packing, providing enhanced protection for bottles with spray nozzles. This machine has a dual servo powered partition handling device that drives the partition indexing/opening and inserting, blending these two independent steps into one harmonious action that ensures gentle handling for smooth opening, precise placement and efficient case packing.  Lateral stabilizers square the partition after opening to “lock” the partition’s interlocking panels and ensure smooth insertion into the waiting case or tray. A new video on A-B-C’s website shows the Model 70 partition opener/inserter in operation.

Changeover time is dramatically reduced up to 70% due to the new design that requires no tools or change parts for a complete range of partitions. All parameters are stored for immediate recall at the control console, and position indicators eliminate guesswork in adjusting to new settings. The operator just follows the step-by-step instructions to set the new parameters, and the machine is ready for return to production. To run new partitions, the operator simply inputs the parameters at the touchscreen display then stores the data for future changeovers.

The unit’s compact size makes it an easy fit on most plant production floors. The Model 70 is a good choice for packagers in the wine, spirits, beer, food and chemical industries, and any company packing glass or fragile products into a case requiring a chipboard partition.

 

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