End-of-line palletising equipment destined for a leading European food producer. Designed to automatically handle several different products, such as cases, trays or shrink-wrapped packs, reaching the total capacity of up to 130 pieces per minute.
The customer chose this Scott solution to increase the output capacity, reduce manual intervention and increase the quality of pallet stacks at one of its production sites. The Scott solution replaces two existing palletisers with just one, resulting in higher line efficiency, a lower cost of ownership and far more efficient use of floorspace.
With production rates up to 130 packs per minute, the project features double lane zero pressure product infeed conveyor system and low impact pack orientation, which is very gentle on the fragile glass product. With multiple pack and pallet sizes, the customer required automatic zero tool changeover across a wide range of formats.
The highlight is the latest generation servo driven high level Alvey 4.0 palletiser, equipped with a control system allowing the operator to make in-house format changes.
The system works with different pallet types, which feed the desired pallet type to the palletiser automatically, based on the specific product format. An inter-sheet applicator station is included to dress pallets, protect the product and enhance the pallet stability.
The palletiser high-speed pallet lift incorporates a centring device which ensures each layer is accurately aligned with its pallet.
The individual products are oriented by a low impact turner device, based on a pre-programmed layer pattern. They continue inside the palletiser, where the rows and complete product layers are formed by a patented servo driven pusher bar. The uniquely clean and open design of the palletiser gives a clear overview of the whole process, ensuring easy operator access for quick recovery or maintenance, significantly reducing stoppages.
The split apron makes for precise and gentle product deposition and allows patterns with gaps. This is further supported by an under-apron centring device resulting in a very precise stack on the pallet.
Operators can see the actual product patterns on the control panel screen, together with real time data and statistics. The user-friendly touch interface enables for easy change of settings and new pattern creation. The machine can also be linked to customers production control system.
The Alvey 4.0 palletiser was designed using latest technology. Its clean and lean design brings easy and comfortable operation and minimal maintenance, together with optimised energy consumption.