Mach-2 Tray Packer, HLP Conventional Palletizer, Robotic Corner Board Applicator & Orion MA-DX Stretch Wrapper


Jars are moved into the Brenton Mach-2 Case Packer via lane divider metering belts which transfer the jars from the infeed conveyor onto the Brenton S45 Servo Lane Divider conveyor at line rate. Jars are then transferred into another pair of side belts running twice the speed to create a gap between jars to allow for lane shift. Jars are conveyed and accumulated in individual lanes to maintain a minimum surge prior to the load station. The pack pattern is metered with a set of servo pins allowing the correct number of jars to be presented in front of the loader. Once in position, the loader will cross-push the pattern into the tray. Simultaneously, the tray packer will pick a blank and set it up into the indexing flights. The trays will be indexed to two load stations where the front and minor flaps are funneled open and the opposite minor flaps are closed. After the tray is loaded it is indexed forward to have the load size minor flaps plowed and tucked closed. At the next stations, a divider is picked from the magazine and placed into a set of servo flights. These flights will position the divider over the awaiting pack pattern in the tray. Grippers will pick a divider out of the flights and it will be placed in between bottles in the tray. Pneumatic tamp cylinders ensure placement into the tray. The tray will then advance ahead where the major flaps are plowed closed as glue stripes are applied to the closed minor flaps. The flaps are then held in compression for a secure glue seal.

 

The trays travel up the spiral conveyor to the Currie by Brenton High Level Palletizer (HLP). As the trays approach, a Currie by Brenton Standard Pallet Dispenser lowers a pallet out of the hopper and conveys it to the pallet elevator. The pallet is then moved to the loading station where it is centered and squared. Incoming trays are metered into the row forming area as needed and rotated to form the desired pattern. Each layer is formed by pushing one row of trays at a time from the forming area onto the layer accumulation area. After the last row of trays is pushed onto the layer accumulation area, the lift-on-return layer pusher will lower and push the layer on top of the stripper plate. Side squaring plates will compress the layer into a tight pack pattern and will remain in compression until the stripper plates are opened and the layer settles on top of the load below. The completed pallet is conveyed to the corner board application station where FANUC robots adhere corner boards to protect the load. Prior to discharge, the load is wrapped with an Orion MA-DX wrapper.