Automated System collates and packs cereal bars.

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Racetrack Cartoner collates product, erects, loads, and seals end-load cartons at speeds of 350-400 bars/min. Twin servo-driven belts, each with 9 pockets, deliver various product counts, including layers, to synchronized indexing motion SL902 carton end loader. Cartons from motorized magazine are erected by triple-head rotary feeder and loaded into pocketed infeed conveyor by compact overhead pusher unit, also servo-driven and triple-headed.



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New Racetrack Endloader for Cereal Bar Packers



Monday, 09 January 2006

Bradman Lake has developed a brand new automated system for collating and packing flow-wrapped cereal and other confectionery bars for companies committed to end load carton formats.

It delivers high-speed packing line performance with lower machinery costs than robotic pick & place systems plus considerable savings of packaging materials and factory space.

Until now, producing count-line packs of wrapped cereal bars in volume required a carton erector, robotic top loader and 3-flap carton closer. In contrast, the Bradman Lake Racetrack Cartoner collates product, erects, loads and seals endload cartons at speeds of 350-400 bars a minute in a single machine unit.

The advantage of easy opening and re-closing of end load packs is maintained. This benefit is welcomed by existing users who are no longer obliged to change their preferred carton style or re-originate carton supplies.

The Bradman Lake Racetrack collator/loader has twin servo-driven belts, each with nine pockets, which can deliver various product counts, including layers, to a synchronised indexing motion SL902 Carton End loader.

Cartons from a motorised magazine are erected by a triple-head rotary feeder and loaded into the pocketed infeed conveyor of the indexing SL902 by a compact overhead pusher unit, also servo-driven and triple-headed. The bars are then loaded into the erected cartons during the stationary phase of the cycle by a second overhead pusher, replacing the extended barrel loader section used in many continuous motion end loaders.

Two of the new machines have been delivered to South Wales and another is en route to New Zealand.

Bradman Lake Group can combine end load and top load cartoners with flow-wrappers and case packers from sister companies Autowrappers and Europack to provide complete, fully integrated confectionery bar packing lines with all the benefits to end users of supply, installation and after-sales service from a single source.

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