Can Handle Applicator

Description

Roberts PolyPro, a ProMach product brand, introduces the ICHA180 inline can handle applicator. Ideal for craft beer and distilled spirits, this compact system applies Robert PolyPro’s eye-catching HDPE #2 handles to 4 and 6-packs of beverages in 12 and 16 oz. aluminum cans. The ICHA180 is an economical, fully-automated solution handling speeds up to 180 cpm. Compared to manual and semi-automated application, it minimizes labor and achieves faster speeds.

 

The ICHA180 is a space-efficient solution with a footprint that’s only 24 x 60 in. The applicator, installed inline after the can seamer, features a two-lane conveyor that transports cans side by side. As cans enter the ICHA180, a sensor detects the presence of 12 cans and an air-activated flow gate extends across the conveyor. With 12 cans in position, the system applies either two sets of six-pack handles per cycle or three sets of 4-pack handles per cycle. Then, the flow gate releases the multi-packs, which are discharged to downstream case or tray packing.

 

To change between 4 and 6-packs, the ICHA180 requires only a simple adjustment to the handle magazine and swapping out the handles, which can be achieved in less than three minutes without tools or change parts. When changing between 12 and 16-oz cans, no system adjustments are needed since the applicator stroke automatically accommodates either size can. The ICHA180 runs for approximately five minutes at 180 cpm before the handle magazine needs to be refilled. 

 

Roberts PolyPro’s injection-molded HDPE #2 handles have a striking appearance, superior holding capabilities, and a practical tab design. They are available in 32 standard colors and with optional color matching in any PMS color. In addition to being 100% recyclable, the handles use up to 30% less plastic than competitive injection-molded handles. The open-top eliminates moisture from accumulating between the can top and handle. The tab design allows fast and easy application, either manually or with a semi or fully-automated applicators like the ICHA180 or the higher volume THA240.

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