This new two-in-one machine decreases capital investment and provides maximum flexibility. Packagers with the same primary container can serve both club stores and convenience outlets from the same packaging line. The Inline Intermittent Motion Applicator is aimed primarily at applying handles to larger bottles, for example, those used for water in the U.S. and edible oils in Latin America.
An innovative new handle separation device makes these improvements possible. When in single bottle mode, the new machine applies twin pack handles and in the same motion separates them, creating two single bottle handles. This process can be done by case or through groups of bottles in an inline environment. One-step handle application and separation ensures throughput of the equivalent of 20 cases per minute regardless of whether twin packs or single bottle handles are run.
Roberts PolyPro engineered a rapid changeover capability for the new two-in-one machine between multi pack and single handle operation. Customers have the option of ordering a machine that accepts cases or inline bottles. Roberts PolyPro bottle alignment technology ensures accurate placement of handles. The company reduced the number of parts used in the machine and streamlined control, compared to past offerings, to enable ease of use and ensure low maintenance. The machine requires minimal training to set up, operate, and maintain. This applicator can run an average of 45 minutes without handle-loading intervention due to a high capacity magazine.
Inline Intermittent Motion Applicator contributes to sustainable packaging
The new machine applies 100 percent recyclable high density polyethylene (HDPE #2) handles. Roberts PolyPro is known for the sustainability improvements of these innovative handles. Roberts PolyPro’s unique handle design and sheet extrusion process allows the company to manufacture bottle carrier handles that are up to 25 percent thinner than injection molded handles. Thinner handles deliver considerable savings in shipping and storage costs. Thinner handles also mean greater sustainability through material source reduction. Material reduction is a selling point with retailers such as Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, and Costco who pay significant attention to the sustainable packaging practices and offerings of suppliers.
Roberts Polypro handles are customizable, giving the packer the ability to distinguish product from the competition, another point of attraction for retailers. In the U.S. handles are a lifting and pouring convenience. In Latin American handles make carrying bottles home easier. Roberts PolyPro twin-pack handles have a consumer focused easy-tear feature for when the bottles arrive home and are separated.
View a video of the new Roberts PolyPro multi pack/single bottle HDPE handle applicator.