Depalletizer Solutions for Beverage Packaging
Bottle depalletizers are used during primary packaging and initiate the start of bottles traveling down a bottling line. Depalletizers remove empty bottles from layered pallets and place onto an accumulating conveyor and are then transported into the production area. Once they have been transferred onto the conveyor, they are formed into a single file and then continue downstream to other machines in the bottling line. On a beverage line, depalletizers are usually capable of handling bottles, jars, and plastic containers.
Maintaining a consistent speed on the depalletizer machine is crucial to the beverage industry because steady streams of empty bottles helps maximize profits by preventing unnecessary filling and packaging downtime. Using automatic systems for unloading pallets is also a great way for companies to save money on labor costs.
Bottle depalletizers present many opportunities for using automation solutions from Banner Engineering and work together to create an adaptable and highly productive system. Bottle depalletizers can get rather large and include many moving robotics, such as sweep bars, which could easily become dangerous for operators. Installing light curtains could protect operators while monitoring the hazardous areas. Other solutions include barcode readers for verification of pallet contents and sensors for monitoring load level as well as detecting accumulations on the conveyor to maximize efficiency.
LS light curtains are intuitive, easy-to-use safety devices used for machine safeguarding. They are built to withstand challenges commonly found in manufacturing and packaging environments. LS-S models require no PC software, DIP switches, or other devices for quick, easy configuration. Highly visible alignment indicators and intuitive diagnostics simplify setup, facilitate troubleshooting, and minimize system downtime.
Banner’s RP-LS42F rope pull switches run along the length of a conveyor so the operator can grab and pull it from anywhere to immediately stop the conveyor. Spans of rope range from 6 m to 100 m, providing the flexibility to safeguard long or short conveyors. The RP-LS42 switches are compact and have a variety of accessories available for easy installation and rope tension. They are also made with heavy-impact thermoplastic housing for use in demanding industrial settings.
The EZ-Screen LPs Type 4 Safety Light screens guard the operators of a depalletizer from the motion of the sweep bar. To guard individuals from the sweep bar, a 14mm resolution between beams prevents access and injury. If an individual or item breaks the beams of the EZ-Screen, the sweeping motion will stop to prevent harm. The low-profile design of the light curtains allows for easy installation along a machine and does not require a PC or additional equipment for setup.
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