AUTOMATIC SINGLE AND DOUBLE-TRACK MACHINE FOR THE APPLICATION OF PLASTIC HANDLES ON PET BOTTLES, UNICLIP MODEL
The handle application system consists of four main parts:
1. Hopper and elevator
2. Vibrating cup
3. Handle orientation and application unit feed system
4. Application unit
Hopper and elevator:
The handles are loaded manually into the hopper of an elevator that transfers them directly into the vibrating cup.
Different hopper sizes can be used: 200-litre (containing some 2000 handles depending on shape), 600-litre (about 6000 handles depending on shape).
When the handles exit from the vibrating cup they are already oriented correctly for the application unit. During the sorting process mechanical/pneumatic systems arrange the handles so they arrive with the correct side in front of the orientation system.
Orientation ensures no handles on the chute are the wrong way round. Orientation is achieved via a video camera system that detects any incorrect handle positioning. The handle is conveyed on a guide towards the orientation system. The handles, already correctly positioned, are passed to the orientation system and channelled directly towards the chute. Any incorrectly positioned handles are tipped onto the other side of the guide by an air jet as they head towards the chute.
Consists of a 3 metre long guide channel. The application unit takes the handle directly from the belt.
The application unit consists of chains that push the handles onto the neck of the container/bottle, which in the meantime is fed along the conveyor belt. This is a dynamic, continuous system; in fact, the bottle does not stop during clipping but continues on its way. The bottle is stabilised by inverter-controlled side guides.