The main characteristics and advantages of our developments include:
- modest sizes (among other things an advantage for limited floor spaces),
- easy adjustment and operation,
- high production speed if desired,
- high reliability.
1.Handle fitting machines.
These machines are available for both plastic and steel handles and are suitable for all shapes (for example oval, rectangular, round and square) and various sizes of packaging (meanwhile, handle fitting machines were delivered not only for containers with a small capacity but also for buckets with a capacity of more than 25 litres).
The handle fitting machines are modular. This depends largely on the desired production rate (a capacity of over 2,000 buckets per hour is possible). The handle fitting machines are symmetrically built and can therefore be used flexibly (for example for a printing machine or an injection moulding machine).
Operation. The plastic handles are placed in a buffer manually. In the case of steel handles, the rods and the plastic handles are manually placed into two buffers.
First of all, the handles are separated, whereby a special handle separation technique is used for planar plastic handles. Subsequently, the position of the button handle is determined and if necessary the handle is turned. Next, the handle is mounted to the bucket. The handle fitting machines are almost insensitive to flat handles that are not entirely straight.
Preformed plastic handles are placed in a handle-buffer manually or by using a robot. If necessary, the handle is mounted to the bucket by using a chute (to be able to carry out the mounting faster).
Steel handles, rods (a plastic handle could have been added additionally) are provided with an eye and a button and bent in the desired shape. The handle fitting machine can be used for different diameters (meanwhile a handle fitting machine has been delivered that is suitable for a rod diameter of 4.0 mm.).
The buckets equipped with handles are transported by a conveyor belt and by using a linear transport system or a rotary table are handled by the handle fitting machine one by one. First, the bucket is centred and aligned. Subsequently, the bucket is provided with one or more handles. Afterwards the buckets are stacked automatically. The stacks are then transported to a roller conveyor or a conveyor belt.
2. In Mould Labelling systems.
These systems are suited to many applications. The latest development in this field is an In Mould Labelling system which separates plastic handles and mounts handles to the bucket fully automatically. The latter system is lower in price in comparison to a separate In Mould Labelling system and a separate handle fitting machine.
3. Take-out systems and buffer systems.
As a result of recent developments we came up with a completely new take-out system that is simple in construction and is also characterized by high speed and reliability.