ZECCHETTI of Reggio Emilia Italy, represented by HBM Plastic & Packaging Technology , has reported the success of the new 'Quick Change' Easy-Pal palletiser.
Oceania area sales manager Luca Dozza said many of Zecchetti's existing customers required high speed changeover capability because of the trend of product differentiation by bottle shape.
“This led us to develop the new Easy-Pal patented technology."
The new design has eliminated the accumulation table, and changeover times are now 'immediate' and automatic.
Air conveyor infeed jams are eliminated and adjustments are programmable for each bottle type.
Easy-Pal, with a machine footprint reduced by up to 25 per cent, is capable of palletising up to seven layers a minute
Zecchetti exports globally and has systems palletising at speeds up to 120,000 bottles an hour (0.5L PET bottle) with recent sales of nine Easy-Pal systems to the US market.
Gary Brown, CEO of HBM, Zecchetti's Australian partner, said that because of the small run lengths local companies had to produce for the Australian market, the technology appeared to be the answer for PET bottle producers reducing palletising changeover times.