Automatic Bag loader - dual conveyor with telescopic action
Bag loading system
to insert product into a snug fitting pre-made bag.
comprises 8 thin sheets of flat lebanese bread wraps, which
are grouped on
AHP collators. Collations arrive at upto 18 per minute
side by side.
A machine was required to pack the stacks of bread into the exact bag
used to promote the product. The system had to be semi-automated, where
insertion of product into bags is to be done by the machine.
packaging style features a bag with high
zip-lock, and seamless front and back faces with full page high
quality graphics .
Semi automation was
preferred to keep costs down, and maintain manual quality
control of product .
AHP designed and
implemented a dual station bag loader - with a telescopic conveyor
action, featuring 3 axis servo
drives. The compact, dual telescopic nose machine,
allows for a seated operator to maintain quality control, and present
bags to the machine.
The machine has been
designed to positively place product into the bag,
rather than to slide or drop it in. This prevents uncertainitiy of
placement as well as ensuring flat packing.
telescopic noses allow independent loading of the two collated stacked
products. This machine can be adapated to be fully automated, by
providing features to automatically present bag.
The AHP designed
bag loader is ideal for flexible or other sheet products such as pita
bread, pizza bases, meat patties, sheets of paper etc.
The machine is compact
size, and exposed surfaces are made from food grade stainless steel.
axis indexing cartoner
system to pack a range of sleeved product into a range of different
sizes and styles of cartons. Three basic product sizes were to be
packed automatically into 6 different sizes and style of cartons on the
one of the packs was to have a sloping top panel with a tapered
platform inserted in the base of the carton, to enable point of sale
designed and manufactured a horizontal, 9 axis servo driven, indexing
incorporates a triple chamber drop collator. The carton transport
comprises four independently
driven lug systems which aid quick size changes. Changes of tooling
with some manual screw adjustments are effected by using size gauges,
repeatability and accuracy. Construction is from durable stainless
steel, anodised aluminium
and quite extensive use of plastic materials.
particular feature of the design is that there are no chains utilised
in the main transport drives.
This gives a clean operating environment together with minimal
This system is operating in Victoria, Australia.
servo controlled Tool Mount for depositor and cup fillers
Tool Mount in operation
mount systems with standard mounting face to
carry loads of 40kg, and 100kg. The systems were to incorporate
movement, with electronic tracking of product horizontally. These were
to be used for mounting of liquid and solid multihead
depositors (fillers), which was to be used to fill cups at a rate of
300 a minute.
and manufacture two styles of servo driven tracking tool mount
systems, to enable depositors to be mounted. Servo control allowed for
precise control of depositor head during cup filling
Approximately 20 of the
40kg model have been
which are all installed in California and Greece.
further 6 of the 100kg model have been constructed which have been
installed in Central
and South America’s, Thailand and Botswana.
driveline mechanisms of these units are being utilised in other
equipment because of
their robustness and reliability.
Sweeper for loading product
an existing horizontal cartoner capable of 200+ cartons/minute, and
equip it with automatic loading systems to feed product from 3
vertical form fill and seal machines.
a factor and so systems were to be driven by line shaft off the main
machine, although these units can also be supplied servo
driven and synchronised with the cartoner operation, although these
units can be supplied with servo drives shynchronised to the cartoner
cartoner infeed bucket system was extended, and 3 AHP overhead sweeps
were fitted. Each was linked to one of the baggers. Although the sweep
loaders were driven mechanically, we designed a mechanical phasing
device to allow the phase position of each sweep mechanism to be
adjusted independently while the machine was running. The
height of each unit was also adjustable using a manually operated
hydraulic lifting system to be able to adjust to suit different product
heights and type. This adjustment can be made 'on the run'
Carton Tray packer
concept prototypes to pack initially 2 biscuit types on edge
simultaneously into an open, light film plastic tray, and then to
construct a part full scale system to pack up to 8 different biscuit
types on edge into thin thermoformed tray at 25 cycles per minute.
new system was a proof of principle development to automate the
current manual process.
packing heads with removable tooling for each biscuit type were
mounted onto a
packing platform with storage bin handling systems into and out of
the system. Heads were
mounted over an indexing conveyor which transported the trays to each
System operated at 25 trays per minute, although current advancements
the design to operate now at 30+ per head per minute. Thus a three
row system can
be constructed to operate at 100 trays per minute.
can be adapted to fill pockets at 90° to each other as well as
some pile packing
into pockets, if required.