Standard-Knapp, a worldwide leader in the manufacture of innovative packaging machinery, just announced its Versatron Case Packer with a lowering head module. This module is ideal for customers looking for gentle, positive handling of their product, yet rugged enough for 24/7 operation. When equipped with this module, the Versatron Casepacker can continue to operate as a robust drop packer or can be quickly converted to a lowering head case packer.
Standard Knapp’s Versatron with lowering head is an ideal solution for the partition-less packing of products made with glass, aluminum, PET or other materials. Partitionless packaging allows for the use of less material in packing, in the move towards sustainability. It provides fully programmable pick-and-place motion, achieving positive placement fully into the bottom of each case. The slide-out change part lowering head is equipped with color-coded change parts and pneumatics for quick, error-free changeover.
The lowering head module can be equipped with various gripper heads to provide safe, consistent damage-free placement of product into each case with zero drop. Depending on of size of the product, the lowering head can operate at 30 cycles per minute, the fastest rate among lowering head machines, says Standard Knapp. Designed primarily with wine, liquor and beer containers in mind, it can also handle locking shape containers.
The Versatron shares the features of all Standard-Knapp packers, says the company, which include long life, easy operations and maintenance that makes changeover simple and fast, excellent and easy to use human machine interface (HMI) and outstanding customer service. The module is designed with more Lexan doors and panels for increased visibility, so that operators can perform preemptive, walk-by maintenance.