For PACK EXPO 2010, Elliott Manufacturing Co.
integrated its case packing machinery, case erector and sealer expertise into its new Case Packing System. The modularity of the design allows packagers to run a pick & place module today and switch it out for a drop pack module tomorrow, or even to break the line apart and redeploy the erector and possibly the top sealer in another location in the plant. Customers can purchase the complete line or to build their system a piece at a time, in a building block concept.
The case packing module can range from an economical drop load system to a mid range gantry pick & place or the more sophisticated robotic pick & place. In some situations, the robotic option could also palletize the output of the case packing system.The modules
The case erector section, based on the Elliott EV 350, can handle cases at up to 40 cpm with continuous control of the case. Size changeover requires less than 5 minutes with automatic changeover available. A broad case size range and small footprint combine with an open design for ease of access and scheduled preventive maintenance. The magazine is ergonomically designed for operators and handles a wide range of corrugate quality. It is easily convertible to automatic loading of KD cases. The use of new materials makes the frame of the EV 350 light, durable and very portable.
The Elliott TL 350 gantry pick & place module can handle a wide variety of products at case speeds up to 65 cpm depending on product & pack patterns. The servo lane divider makes product transfers from a single lane to multiple lanes smooth and trouble free. Continuous control of the product on the infeed conveyor maintains proper back pressure of product into the loading station. Pick head size and product lane changes are simple and easily made in less than 5 minutes by the operator.
The Elliott SV 350 top sealer times filled cases into the sealer for the trailing minor flap tucker as the leading minor flap is plowed down, hot melt adhesive is applied to the minor flaps as plows close the major flaps and move the filled and closed case into the compression for final case closure. Modular automation technologyB&R Industrial Automation
is providing remote I/O systems for the modules so that the cabling doesn't change whether B&R or another control system is used. The machine modules are wired the same whether used stand-alone or integrated as a case packing system. Each removable, quick-connect case packing head is therefore self-contained with plug-in communications and 24 VDC power connections.