Going flat out
Proco’s new Lay Flat Tooling innovation helps blowmolders and brand-owners maximize product capacity for a given container
Proco Machinery Inc., has introduced an innovative lay-flat packing technology which allows blowmolders to pack plastic bottles on their sides—as opposed to placing them with necks up or down—by making optimal use of collaborative robot automation systems from Universal Robots.
According to the company, Proco’s new Lay Flat Tooling innovation helps blowmolders and brand-owners maximize product capacity for a given container. The company has developed two sets of tooling for two different applications—one for straight neck-to-neck packaging in the box and another for offset neck orientation from row to row—potentially allowing a blowmolder of bottles to pack 270 bottles in a box instead of 250, resulting in maximized capacity and big savings on freight cost.
In addition, Proco Machinery has developed several different options for packing bottles inside a box including a patent-pending end-of-arm Tooling specifically designed for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottle applications.