Continuous motion uncaser
By Mary Del
Standard-Knapp has introduced the PikMore Uncaser, a continuous motion machine ideal for the wine and beverage industries. A sister machine to Standard-Knapp’s PakMore case packer, the PikMore works in reverse to remove empty glass bottles from their cases. Operating at a rate of 70 cases per minute, the PikMore allows for expedited refilling and packaging down the process line, the company says. The Uncaser’s gripper heads revolve around a centre carousel to lift the empty glass bottles from their cases. Designed to maximize efficiency while also minimizing bottle damage, the PikMore gently places the bottles on the conveyer as they leave the machine. Equipped with Standard-Knapp’s graphic operator interface screen, the PikMore is designed to run largely operator free, with a "set it and forget it" operating style. This reduces the number of operators needed on the plant floor and allows operators to focus on other machines and issues farther down the chain. In response to customer requests, Standard-Knapp’s engineers removed many of the chains that would ordinarily run the machines and replaced them with belts to create a quieter machine. Further, in line with industry demands for sustainability, the PikMore utilizes fewer parts and minimal wear items. All operations are timed through a trigger on the main carousel.