New ABRS System Features Telescoping Basket Loading and Unloading Option

Press Release Summary:

  • Removes worker from the laborious and injury prone activities of manually moving heavy baskets to and from the retort and basket loading and unloading area
  • Can be custom designed to accommodate any diameter retort and retorts that hold anywhere from 2 to 12 baskets or tray stacks
  • Eliminates the need for a powered conveyor inside a retort, which reduces retort complexity and cost, retort maintenance costs

Original Press Release:

Allpax Introduces its Next Generation Shuttle for Automated Batch Retort Systems

The new shuttle offers faster loading and unloading and reduces the number of personnel in the plant.

Covington, La., May 19, 2020 – Allpax, a product brand of ProMach, introduces its latest automated batch retort system (ABRS) innovation – the patented shuttle mounted telescoping retort loading and unloading feature.

ABRS systems are increasingly in demand as companies seek to reduce the reliance on personnel in the plant and enable safe-distance practices. Automated systems also provide greater assurance of safe quality food. An ABRS with automated retort loading and unloading capabilities removes workers from the laborious and injury prone activities of manually moving heavy baskets to and from the retort and basket loading and unloading area(s), and from pushing and pulling baskets in and out of the retorts.

Allpax’s new automated shuttle features a patented telescoping basket loading and unloading option that is based on a rigid chain and reel technology. The chain is rigid when extended and rolls up while retracting so that baskets or stacks of trays can be pushed into and pulled out of the retort. This system is simpler and less costly to maintain than earlier generation “push/pull” solutions that require more periodic adjustments and involve more wear parts. The telescoping retort loader and unloader can handle heavier loads. Basket handling is faster for improved system efficiency. The telescoping loader/unloader eliminates the need for a powered conveyor inside a retort, which reduces retort complexity and cost, retort maintenance costs, and provides for a cleaner environment within the retort.

Allpax shuttles with the telescoping loading/unloading feature can be custom designed to accommodate any diameter retort, and retorts that hold anywhere from 2 to 12 baskets or tray stacks. For double-door retorts, the telescoping loading feature pushes the baskets/tray stacks all the way into and out the other end of the vessel, thus resulting in fast and efficient automated basket handling. In the case of raw product cookers, the new shuttle creates greater sanitary separation between unprocessed and processed sides of the cooking/cooling operation. The new system can be retrofitted to existing retorts. Allpax now offers telescoping loading/unloading or lance-arm type loading/unloading features for its shuttles, thereby giving customers a range of options for loading and unloading baskets or tray stacks from retorts without requiring an internal conveyor. 

Call 888-893-9277 for more information on the new shuttle-based telescoping loader and visit Allpax at www.Allpax.com for information about the company’s cooking/sterilization and automation products and services.

Allpax automated basket shuttle

The Allpax automated retort system featuring shuttle car transport and rigid chain loader/unloader, shown here, removes workers from the laborious and injury prone activity of pushing heavy baskets, top right, to and from and into and out of a retort.

About Allpax

Allpax, a product brand of ProMach, is a global leader in the design and fabrication of food sterilization (cookers/retorts/autoclaves), material handling automation equipment, and systems for the refrigerated foods and low acid, shelf-stable food, beverage and pharmaceutical/nutraceutical industries. Allpax is a full-service provider to both small and large multinational processors. Learn more about Allpax at www.Allpax.com.

About ProMach

ProMach is a family of best-in-class packaging solution brands serving manufacturers of all sizes and geographies in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, and household and industrial goods industries. ProMach brands operate across the entire packaging spectrum: filling and capping, flexibles, pharma, product handling, labeling and coding, and end of line. ProMach also provides Performance Services, including integrated solutions, design/build, engineering services, and productivity software to optimize packaging line design and deliver maximum uptime.

ProMach designs, manufactures, integrates, and supports the most sophisticated and advanced packaging solutions in the global marketplace. Its diverse customer base, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, privately held businesses worldwide, depends on reliable, flexible, technologically advanced equipment and integrated solutions. ProMach is headquartered near Cincinnati, Ohio, with manufacturing facilities and offices throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, United Arab Emirates, and China. For more information about ProMach, visit www.ProMachBuilt.com.

Media Contact:
John Eklund | Vice President, Marketing
ProMach
John.Eklund@promachbuilt.com

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