High speed case erector uses soy-based cool adhesive
October 3, 2011
A-B-C introduced a high speed case erector sealing with a new soy-based adhesive that offers a sustainable alternative to traditional petroleum-based hot melt. Designed for speeds to 50 cases per minute and offering reliable mechanical operation and a servo-operated sealing ram, A-B-C’s Model 450 case erector helps packagers increase productivity while the new Liquamelt adhesive system from H.B. Fuller will reduce their sealing costs.
Liquamelt is liquid at ambient temperatures, eliminating the need for heated premelt tanks and heated hoses, which can reduce packagers’ energy costs by more than 50 per cent. The adhesive is pumped at room temperature from the reservoir to a TurboActivator positioned just prior to application that heats the adhesive to the required sealing temperature. Liquamelt is applied as foam which can result in a reduction of adhesive consumption by more than 50 per cent compared to other application systems. “We are pleased to be partnering with H.B. Fuller in debuting the first machine application of this innovative technology at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011” said Bryan Sinicrope, vice president, sales and marketing, A-B-C Packaging Machine Corporation. “We’re able to show packagers how A-B-C is working to assist them in reaching sustainability goals while enhancing their productivity and reducing costs.”
From the ergonomic low level, easy load KD magazine, to the simple walking beam mechanical case transfer, to the servo-operated sealing ram, the Model 450 case erector is designed to reduce packaging costs by ensuring top performance at speeds to 50 cases per minute. It’s operated by A–B-C’s Intelligent Control that puts all production data at the user’s fingertips on the production line at the touchscreen panel or remotely at the plant operation center. The Liquamelt adhesive is “cool on delivery, hot on demand” that offers the added advantages of safety and easy cleanup. H.B. Fuller partnered with Graco to develop the delivery system including pump, reservoir, delivery hose and TurboActivator.
New depalletizer module helps reduce corrugated waste by facilitating reuse of tier sheets and picture frames
January 25, 2012
For packagers seeking to reduce corrugated waste by reusing their depalletizing tier sheets and picture frames, A‐B‐C has introduced a separator/stacking module for the company’s Model 108 bulk depalletizers. The system automatically stacks the tier sheets and top picture frames on pallets in separate hoppers for easy removal by forklift once the stacks are filled. The palletloads are returned to the bottle supplier for reuse.
The module has a compact footprint to allow installation where floor space is limited or as an addition to an existing depalletizing system. The tier sheets and picture frames are securely transferred by an automatic pneumatic gripper system. It is operated by A‐B‐C’s intelligent control system, managed at the touchscreen operator station to allow customization for various pallet sizes and configurations.
Bottle packer offers quick changeover to full range of sizes, pack patterns
March 16, 2011, Tarpon Springs, FL¬– Packagers who need to run multiple sizes and packs of bottles will appreciate the quick-change features of the Model 101 case packer that can reduce downtime up to 30% compared to conventional changeover practices. This packer is designed with complete gripper assemblies for all pack/bottle patterns that each packager requires to eliminate time-consuming gripper adjustment, and guide rail placement is simplified with sliding and locking handles to allow quick adjustment to the new specification. In three steps, the changeover is completed: 1- unbolt and replace the gripper assembly, 2- slide product guide rails to new settings, 3- select the new container style at the operator control panel, which activates the proper machine actions for the new product/case handling. Setup testing is virtually eliminated, further reducing changeover downtime.
The Model 101 packs glass and plastic bottles, jugs, jars and specialty shapes, as well as metal and composite cans and many styles of cartons. The servo-driven pick and place operation ensures gentle product handling to maintain container and label integrity, and containers are packed under full control from the conveyor to the shipper. From lightweight glass bottles to heavy, industrial-sized containers, the Model 101 packs with gentle precision.
During a two-day trip through Ohio last week, President Barack Obama promoted American manufacturing and his dedication to working class Americans. During his stop at Summer Garden Food Manufacturing on July 6, Obama was photographed in front of an A-B-C Model 330 case erector, which, incidentally, is valued by packagers for its workhorse operation and reliability on the packaging line.
President Barack Obama talks with Edward Ruscitti, right, during his tour of Summer Garden Food Manufacturing in Boardman, Ohio. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)