OCME S.r.l., a world leader in packaging, filling, handling and palletising systems for the consumer products industry is represented in Oceania by HBM Packaging & Plastics Technologies .
Based in Parma, Italy, OCME S.r.l. has recently showcased the Altair wrap around case packer’s ability to handle delicate glass bottles by inserting a partition for extra protection at their recent Open House held in late March 2010.
Altair wraparound case packers range includes different models with speeds ranging from 20 to 100 cartons per minute (CPM).
These case packers can handle containers including bottles, cans, jars, tins and multipacks as well as unusual shapes such as triangular products.
The high end Altair wrap around case packer models offering speeds from 70 CPM to 100 CPM now have the ability to insert partitions, which is desirable in the packing of glass bottles.
The first high speed machine was delivered to China Resources Breweries who pack glass beer bottles at a speed of 70 cartons per minute.
The Altair handles both traditional cardboard partitions and pre-formed partitions.
Corrugated cardboard partitions guard against knocks and are recommended for products that are being exported or transported over long distances. The partitions are fed from various insertion magazines that are placed along the case packing line.
Pre-formed partitions use low cost, preassembled solid pressed cardboard, which protects the products and labels from abrasions.
The pre-formed insertion system consists of a side loader, readily accessible for re-fill and a 3-axis Scara type robot, which picks the partition from the magazine, opens it and then places it between the containers as it runs down the line.
The partition insertion system is also capable of being retrofitted to existing lines depending on the model type.