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GPL Series Palletiser for North Cork Co-Op.

Irish milk powder producer North Cork Co-Op Creameries has recently ordered a new automatic palletiser for their production plant at Kanturk, County Cork, Ireland. Premier Tech Chronos will be supplying a GPL 250 Series Palletiser to palletise bags of milk powder at rates of up to 250 bags per hour.

The GPL Series Palletiser is a 'Cartesian' Robot Palletiser with a gantry structure, which is equipped with a gripper head to precisely position the bags onto the pallet. Each bag is lifted from the pick-up conveyor by the gripper head.

During the palletising process the pallet remains stationary and the gripper head moves by means of a servo controlled motorised mobile frame to the correct position for laying the bag in the right format on the top of the pallet.

The bag gripper has 4 axis mobility (y = longitudinal movement, x = transverse movement, z = vertical movement, w = rotation), taking the bags from the feeding conveyor and depositing them on the pallet according to the pre-selected programme. The bag-pusher movement is controlled by a pneumatic cylinder and the gripper rotation/pusher direction allows each bag to be deposited close to or even overlapping the previous bag, producing a more stable palletised load.

An inbuilt Operator Interface Panel allows for regular status check of the GPL 250, with the operator being able to review the selected programme and in-built bag counter. The palletising layer format can also be selected from a list of programmes or it can be directly accessed from the operator panel.

Designed to achieve the benefits of traditional and robotic palletising techniques the GPL Series Palletiser is being supplied with an automatic pallet dispenser and interlocked safety fences/barriers, complete with light screens.

"We have worked very closely with Premier Tech Chronos whilst selecting this particular type of palletising system," commented Roger McCarthy, Operations Manager, at North Cork Co-Op. He concluded, "We have a long standing trading partnership with Premier Tech Chronos, their existing packing system works well and it seemed sensible to maintain continuity of supply and to build on the positive long-term relationship that we have enjoyed with the company."

Premier Tech Chronos on tel +31 497 514988 or visit www.premiertechchronos.com

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