Cap logistics for large bottlers - the Basement cluster
New components for handling a number of different types of cap in use at the same time on several bottling lines are now available from Gassner, the specialist for cap feeding systems. The starting-point is the commonly encountered situation with central storage of all the cap types in one storage area, where the caps are held ready in basements (bins), grouped together in a cluster. Automatic distribution to the individual filling lines, according to requirements, takes place from this central location, using the very latest conveyors and branches. Gassner has a complete range of modern components for this application. Some of the key subsystems have been revised and technical improvements made.
The new multi-track series HB-2 and HB-3 belt conveyors form the backbone of multiple track cap feeding. Up to three tracks run on each of these lines, which are combined into a compact unit, with minimal space requirements and independent drives. Each track supplies a different bottling line. Selective distribution from each individual basement to each line is handled by the new HW model horizontal branches. Unlike systems previously available, these are fully encapsulated and optimised for hygiene.
To ensure a clear view of the logistical structure, even in complex distributing situations, a new control panel is implemented. A touch screen with full graphics display provides see-at-a-glance information about current line status, while simple, intuitive navigation aids enable even unpractised temporary personnel to operate the system without any problems. For large bottlers, this technology is a very rational way of distributing all the caps from a cluster of 10 to 20 basements to any number of bottling lines.
Specific complete solutions for all cap feed applications are developed for customers and fully integrated into the wide standard range of GASSNER cap feeding systems. From screw caps to crown cork, twist-off caps or other types of cap, supplied in Octabin containers, box pallets or hand boxes, whether handled by magnetic conveyor, bucket conveyor or pneumatic conveyor segment, conventionally or oriented – Gassner always has the right solution.
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