W. Amsler’s New Semi-Automatic Palletizer Delivers Greater Output and Reduced Operator Involvement

ANAHEIM, Calif., February 22, 2010 – W. Amsler Equipment Inc., a leading Canadian manufacturer of all-electric, reheat stretch-blow molding machines based in Richmond Hill, Ont., has launched a redesigned semi-automatic palletizer which offers greater automation, less operator involvement, greater operator ease, and increased productivity and output. It is the basis of a newly designed modular system that allows the manufacturer to add options and tailor a system for their individual needs. The new empty-bottle palletizer runs about 8000 bottles/hr and delivers 30% greater output than previous models. Amsler made the announcement during the WestPack 2010 exhibition Feb. 9-11 in Anaheim, Calif.

Amsler has offered machine upgrades in the past but the total redesign was in response to customer demand, according to President Werner Amsler. The first unit is currently under construction and will be completed in June. The redesigned palletizer will be located in Amsler’s testing lab in Richmond Hill and will be available to customers for testing and production trials.

The 64-in by 132-in modular palletizer features a rigid frame gantry for precise and easy transfer of the bottle layers to the pallet. This results in reduced labor, easier operation, straighter pallets, and the elimination of a hoist crane. Bottles are conveyed into the palletizer via a 20-ft standard conveying system. Bottle rows can be staggered for proper nesting.

Each completed layer of bottles is shuttled to the pallet in the rigid frame gantry. Once a precise, repeatable position is reached, the frame is lowered onto the skid with a two-speed electric lifting device. The previous layer of bottles is held in place by an adjustable frame and a pneumatic clamp. The slip sheet supports are withdrawn and the frame is then raised and the gantry is repositioned back to its home position for reloading of the next layer. Collating of the next layer continues during the layer transfer to maximize output.

A strong vacuum system holds the slip sheets flat and allows the use of recycled slip sheets. The palletizer can handle a range of bottles sizes from 50-ml to 10-L. The unit is constructed of rugged heavy-gauge tubular steel. Several options are available including a left- or right-side bottle in-feed and a pallet dispenser.

Amsler’s line of palletizer equipment also includes a fully-automatic machine and a stand-alone bagger.

About W. Amsler Equipment Inc.

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. is a privately-held Canadian company founded in 1994 by Werner Amsler. The company manufactures state-of-the-art, highly-efficient reheat stretch-blow molding machines and auxiliary equipment for manufacturers of plastic containers for the carbonated soft drink, water, and food industries. The product line includes linear machines with output up to10,000 bottles/hr and rotary equipment for up to 24,000 bottles/hr. The company was one of the first to develop all-electric machines which provide users with highly-repeatable processing, energy savings up to 50% vs. hydraulics, and a 75% reduction in maintenance costs.

W. Amsler also supplies auxiliary equipment for complete blow bolding plants, water treatment, and filling lines. These products include bottle-inspection units, air compressors, process chillers, mold temperature-control units, blow-dome spin-off trimmers, gaylord dumpers, vacuum conveyors, and blow molds. The company has also partnered with companies to provide turnkey liquid filling equipment. More details are available at www.amslerequipment.net