Empty Can Palletizer features pushbutton changeover.

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Incorporating automatic pallet and layer size adjustment features throughout, EuroPal is designed for high-speed European can lines or can lines supplying European market requiring use of multiple pallet sizes and top frame configurations. Electro/pneumatic drives position assemblies to accept pallet sizes of 1,120 x 1,420, 1,120 x 1,300, 1,180 x 1,250, 1,200 x 1,350 and 1,120 x 1,440 mm. With empty top transfer, unit can handle layer pad stacks up to 762 mm without special bin.



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FleetwoodGoldcoWyard Launches Next Generation Empty Can Palletizer



ROMEOVILLE, Ill. - June 26, 2009 - Building on a 38-year history of providing the world's can manufacturers with highly reliable and flexible can palletizers, FleetwoodGoldcoWyard launches the next generation of empty can palletizer - the "EuroPal."

FleetwoodGoldcoWyard's latest empty can palletizer technology is designed specifically for high-speed European can lines or can lines supplying the European market that require the use of multiple pallet sizes and top frame configurations.

Previous technology required operators to adjust palletizer mechanisms with hand cranks for pallet and layer size adjustments. The EuroPal incorporates automatic pallet and layer size adjustment features throughout. Electro/pneumatic drives accurately and repeatedly position assemblies to accept the following pallet sizes: 1120 x 1420mm, 1120 x 1300mm, 1180 x 1250mm, 1200 x 1350mm and 1120 x 1440mm. Pushbutton changeover allows the most efficient pallet size changeover in the industry. Designed with the same empty top transfer feature as FleetwoodGoldcoWyard's previous palletizers, this new machine features the capability to handle layer pad stacks up to 762mm without the need for a special bin.

Previously, precious time was consumed handling metal top frames which could require
additional accumulation in front of the palletizer to absorb can production during pallet change. The unique C11 side transfer magazine, combined with the steel frame handler, eliminates the time added for pallet changeover. The palletizer will operate with a 16-second pallet change running wood, plastic or steel (sandwiched) frames.

Multiple can sizes (diameters and heights) are also easily handled by the EuroPal with easy to place change parts maximizing line-up time during can size changes. Layers of cans (properly formed through the airliner) are swiftly placed on the pallet with the continuous motion pattern positioner. For unstable cans where can height is twice its diameter, a synchronized layer retainer leads all layers, which eliminates front-row tipping. Layer placement, including layer pad, is effortlessly completed in well under seven seconds.

The EuroPal incorporates the latest in Rexroth servo drive technology and Allen Bradley or Siemens HMI interfaces. Easy-to-use on-machine troubleshooting and diagnostics allow plant operators to quickly overcome conditions that may arise. Screens include on-machine device location and operation verification.

Additional features and benefits of the EuroPal are numerous. Suffice it to say, modern can lines supplying the European market are ahead of the curve when the next generation of palletizer from FleetwoodGoldcoWyard is on the back of the line.

ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER

Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology solutions in packaging, corrugating, and paper converting across a broad spectrum of industries. Barry-Wehmiller's balanced approach to the market is made possible through nine interactive divisions: Accraply, a leading manufacturer of automatic labeling and label converting and finishing systems; Barry-Wehmiller International Resources (BWIR), a global provider of business and technology solutions to the mid-market manufacturing domain; Design Group, a premier supplier of manufacturing automation, facility design, and other engineering consulting services;
FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, a leading producer and supplier of advanced conveyance technology and product handling equipment; HayssenSandiacre, a form/fill/seal technologies and services leader for more than 100 years; MarquipWardUnited, a leading manufacturer of equipment for the corrugated and folded carton industries; Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), providing advanced converting, printing, and packaging technologies for the tissue, nonwovens, and flexible packaging industries since 1919; PneumaticScaleAngelus, a global provider for filling, capping, can seaming,
labeling, and centrifugation; and Thiele Technologies, a leading producer of placing, bagging, cartoning, case packing, and palletizing equipment.

In fiscal year 2008, a strategic combination of organic and acquisition growth has allowed Barry-Wehmiller to reach a new milestone, with annual revenues now surpassing $1.1 billion for the first
time in the company's 123-year history.

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