Roberts PolyPro, a leading manufacturer of multipack handles and applicators, debuted new can carrier applicator, ICHA-60, at Brew Expo America 2022. Ideal for breweries and beverage canning lines, it applies 4-pack and 6-pack Craft-Pak carriers to standard and sleek cans at speeds up to 10 cycles per minute.
GM Roy Tetreault gave us a quick overview:
“It does roughly 10 cycles per minute,” he tells us. “So, we’re running 40 cans per minute on a four pack 60 cans per minute on a six-pack. No change parts. … the machine sells for around $22,500 and has probably about an eight-week lead time on it.”
The ICHA-60 offers a reliable process through the canning line with continuous handle application that requires minimal operator input. It features a small footprint to fit in a single file canning line, as well as a simple changeover from 12 to 16 oz. cans that requires minimal parts and can be completed in under 15 minutes.
Designed with an open top, the handles are made with 30% less plastic than competitive carriers and prevents moisture accumulation between the can top and carrier. It is easier to remove a beer without shaking it.