All-in-one case unpacker and packer saves floor space

 

All-in-one case unpacker and packer saves floor space

Packagers who are utilizing manual labor for unpacking empty containers from reshippers, and for repacking filled containers can eliminate labor and increase line speed with the Model 360 unpacker/case packer from A-B-C Packaging. This machine performs both functions, uncasing and case packing, with every motion of the servo-operated robotic-style transfer head. With every cycle, two separate actions occur simultaneously: as the head lowers into the case, filled bottles are packed, and empty bottles are gripped for unloading. As the head reaches the conveyor, the empty containers are deposited for transfer to filling, and additional filled containers are picked up for packing.

The servo-operated transfer head smoothly and efficiently carries containers with no drop and keeps them under complete control during operation…bottles are released only when they reach the bottom of the case during packing, or the conveyor chain for unpacking. Finger grids are utilized to align bottles as they are packed into the case, ensuring proper positioning.

The Model 360 operates at speeds up to 15 cases per minute, and it may be designed to pack and unpack multiple cases per minute for increased volume. The Model 360 has a compact design and occupies only 56 square feet of floor space.

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Electronics synchronize decaser bottle feed with filler speed, for optimum line efficiency

 

Electronics synchronize decaser bottle feed with filler speed, for optimum line efficiency

The new Model 156 decaser / single filer is equipped with an Intelligent Control package that automatically monitors container flow and adjusts the decasing speed to ensure a continuous fill rate. This new feature is designed to optimize line productivity by ensuring harmonious operation regardless of line speed variations.
The Model 156 takes the place of three machines as it functions as a flap opener / positioner, uncaser, and container single filer. Operating at speeds to 50 cases per minute, it opens the case flaps, uncases and single files the containers, and uprights the emptied cases for conveying to case packing.

Flexibility is built in, as this machine runs a variety of bottle or container styles including glass and plastic, and offers quick changeover requiring no change parts. To maintain container integrity, the Model 156 uncases containers with no drop, and single files with minimum bottle-to-bottle contact. This operation offers advantages whether running plastic or glass, ensuring stability of even lightweight plastic bottles, and eliminating scratching and starring in glass that can lead to breakage downstream.

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Model 49 case unloader is designed to accommodate variations in case specifications

 

Model 49 case unloader is designed to accommodate variations in case specifications

Case size variations are no problem for the Model 49 decaser, which automatically unloads glass or plastic bottles and containers from necks-down reshipper cases, single files the containers and uprights the emptied cases to be conveyed to the case packer at speeds to 75 cases per minute. The new soft roller system that transfers cases through unloading utilizes an automatic tensioner combined with soft compression rollers to accommodate varying case dimensions and ensure smooth and gentle case transfer.

The case turnover offers finger-style grippers that bend to hold cases securely during 180-degree transfer to the overhead discharge conveyor. The fingers bend to grip the cases, easily adjusting to cases that are slightly smaller or larger than spec. These features are standard on the new Model 49 case unloader, and available as a conversion kit for earlier A-B-C unloader models.

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Flexibility to decase glass and plastic, round and oval bottles from reshipper cases

 

Flexibility to decase glass and plastic, round and oval bottles from reshipper cases

The Model 156 Decaser automatically unloads and single files a complete range of glass or plastic containers including round and oval bottles and jars, providing complete flexibility for changing production requirements. Equipped with special handling features, this decaser provides maximum bottle stability even when handling lightweight plastic bottles. At speeds to 50 cases per minute, the decaser accepts regular slotted cases (RSC), opens all four flaps, and lifts the cases from the bottles, which then glide gently to the discharge belt. It is easy to keep ahead in the competitive marketplace with the flexibility and performance of A-B-C!

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Decaser offers a marketing edge for wine and distilled spirits packagers

 

Decaser offers a marketing edge for wine and distilled spirits packagers

A-B-C introduces the Model 49X decaser that automatically unloads and single files reverse tapered glass bottles from club store display cases, providing a simple and versatile means for wine and spirits bottlers to supply this growing market with display-ready product. The Model 49X also unloads standard bottles from RCS and HSC cases, providing maximum versatility for all market requirements. A hybrid of two A-B-C decaser models that are proven in production, the Model 49X gently unloads and single files reverse tapered bottles at high speed up to 50 cases per minute (300 bpm in both 6 and 12 pack configurations) utilizing a single filing section with a series of multiple tabletop chains that easily separate the bottles at high speed while maintaining complete bottle control and stability.

The Model 49X has special features to unload half depth display cases containing full height partitions with ease, making this machine an economical alternative to lift-out uncasers that cost twice as much. As cases are lifted from the bottles, they are transported by motorized belts backed by duro-soft rollers that adjust to variations in case and partition dimensions and ensure secure and easy transport. After the bottles are unloaded, the major case flaps are folded back to pre-break the scores, reducing the flap spring-back memory thus conditioning the flaps for case packing and resulting in a more efficient case packing operation.

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