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Video: Roberts PolyPro Introduces a Semi-Automatic Handle Applicator

Roberts PolyPro’s innovative semi-automatic handle applicator is a solution for companies looking to cost effectively increase market penetration. The machine lowers risk in terms of capital costs when brand owners and contract packagers are expanding production to serve new markets.

Roberts PolyPro, powered by Pro Mach, will feature at Pack Expo 2013, September 23-25 in Las Vegas, an innovative semi-automatic handle applicator designed to help brand owners and contract packagers cost effectively boost production as part of a market growth strategy. (Roberts PolyPro Booth C-2414)

This semi-automatic handle applicator operated by a single attendant offers an impressive 15-to-17 cases-per-minute output. It’s far easier and less taxing for workers to use than manual applicators and comes with a price tag significantly under automatic machines.

“Many customers have told us they want to expand into nearby markets, but can’t justify the expense of a fully automatic handle applicator at an early stage of market development,” said Chris Turner, Sales Director, Roberts PolyPro. “We designed the semi-automatic machine with these customers in mind and engineered ergonomic, productivity, and quality features into the machine that will give customers a workhorse with minimized direct labor.”

This machine, with a single operator, can apply handles in two-pack configurations as well as three-, four-, six-, and eight-packs. These units are designed for maximum flexibility. Change parts allow for different bottle sizes. The semi-automatic machine can be moved from line to line to accommodate variable production schedules.

Roberts PolyPro Handles Support Total Cost & Sustainability Goals

Roberts PolyPro’s lightweight, compact handles and multi-pack carriers support the sustainability efforts of its customers by reducing material consumption and improving cube utilization. The company’s extruded handles and multi-pack carriers consume on average 5 to 35 percent less resin compared to injection molded products. Material reduction is an important contributor to improving a package’s sustainability. Roberts PolyPro products are made from extruded HDPE resin and, when used with either PET or HDPE bottles, the entire package — bottle and handle — is 100 percent recyclable. Roberts Polypro handles are customizable, giving the packer the ability to distinguish product from the competition.

Roberts PolyPro orients multipack handles before shipment and in the case of single bottle handles uses a patented process of welding the handles together prior to shipment. On average, this process results in 40 percent more handles per pallet than loose handles shipped in bulk. The increase in units per pallet significantly decreases shipping costs, improves cube utilization, reduces the amount of corrugated board required, and lowers over-the-road fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. There is also less damage to handles during shipment.

The following table is a comparative analysis between an extruded Roberts PolyPro two-pack carrier and an injection-molded carrier. The carriers were used with 32-ounce juice containers.

For more information on the semi-automatic machine and light-weight recyclable handles, stop by the Roberts PolyPro Pack Expo Booth C-2414 or contact sales at 800-269-7409. More solutions from Roberts PolyPro can be viewed at


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