PikMore™ Continous-motion Uncaser Safely Removes Empty Glass Bottles at up to 70 CPM
Portland, CT – Standard-Knapp, a worldwide leader in the manufacture of innovative packaging machinery, introduces the PikMore Uncaser, a continuous-motion machine ideal for the wine and beverage industries. A sister machine to Standard-Knapp’s PakMore case packer, the Uncaser works in reverse, removing empty glass bottles from their cases at a rate of 70 cases per minute, to allow for an expedited refilling and packaging process down the process line.
While the PakMore’s gripper heads pick up bottles and safely lower them into the cases, the Uncaser’s gripper heads revolve around a center carousel to quickly and gently lift the empty glass bottles from the cases. Designed to maximize efficiency while also minimizing bottle damage, the Uncaser gently places the bottles on the conveyer as they leave the machine.
“Our customers on the brewery side buy their glass in bulk,” says Maxwell Ziegler, Technical Writer for Standard-Knapp. “This glass arrives in cases – the same cases that will later be shipped right back out holding their beverage. Standard-Knapp saw the need for a machine that could fill a void in the packaging line: one that could take the glass out of the case, send the case down the line, and then send the empty glass down the line too, before utilizing a case packer.”
Equipped with Standard-Knapp’s graphic Operator Interface Screen, the Uncaser is designed to run largely operator free, with a “set it and forget it” operating style. This reduces the number of operators needed on the plant floor and allows operators to focus on other machines and issues farther down the operating chain. With an eye for easy maintenance, almost the entire machine is programmed for auto lubrication. In addition, the Uncaser is free of servo motors to avoid the high cost of ownership and operation associated with servo motors.
In response to customer requests, Standard-Knapp’s engineers removed many of the chains that would ordinarily run the machines and replaced them with belts to create a quieter machine. Further, in line with industry demands for sustainability, the Uncaser utilizes fewer parts and minimal wear items. All operations are timed through a trigger on the main carousel. According to Ziegler, “We’ve done mechanically what we would ordinarily have done with programming, which just makes the Uncaser easier to operate, easier to own, and cheaper to maintain.”