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Linkx Systems has supplied a custom-designed automatic depalletiser to jam and preserve manufacturer Wilkin and Sons of Tiptree in Essex.

Empty glass jars are delivered to Wilkin and Sons stacked in layers on standard 1,000 x 1,200mm pallets, with a corrugated board pad between each layer.

The company already had in place a pit-mounted hydraulic lift that was used to assist in the manual depalletisation of the jars and a discharge conveyor to transfer the jars to the production line.

The challenge presented to Linkx Systems was to develop a compact, fully automatic depalletiser system that would fit in the limited space available and would use the existing pit, lift and conveyor.

In addition to transferring the jars to the conveyor, the depalletiser was also required to remove the inter-layer boards and stack them adjacent to the machine for subsequent reuse.

At the heart of the bespoke design is a chain-driven pusher blade that sweeps forward from the rear of the pallet, depositing the rows of jars onto the existing discharge conveyor.

Mounted at the back of the pusher blade are two vacuum cups that attach themselves to the inter-layer boards during the blade’s return stroke.

The board is, therefore, transported to the rear of the machine where it is fed out through a letterbox slot in the rear guard panel.

The whole installation is housed in a fully guarded frame that sits over the existing lift pit and is bolted to the floor around the pit.

Provision is made for the rear guard panel to be opened to allow the delivery of full pallets to the machine and the removal of empty pallets – both of these operations being performed with a forklift truck.

To ensure that the machine functions smoothly with a minimum of operator intervention, Linkx Systems has equipped it with a control system.

This offers audible and visual indications when depalletisation is complete and when an inter-layer board has been successfully ejected.

Fault warnings are also provided, together with a simple message display for operator guidance.

The system not only controls the operation of the depalletiser itself, but also of the existing lift platform, which Linkx Systems has fitted with position sensors to allow full integration and interlocking with the other depalletiser functions.

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Linkx Systems delivers packaging systems, equipment, machinery and stand-alone packaging machines that meet user requirements efficiently and economically and which are backed with expert and readily accessible support.

With more than 30 staff totalling over 200 years of experience in automation and packaging, Linkx Systems delivers packaging solutions, machines and equipment that meet user requirements efficiently and economically.

From our purpose-built Suffolk headquarters we design, develop and manufacture packaging machinery using the latest technology and innovations.

By making best use of modern automation technology, we provide our impressive customer base, which includes many blue chip companies, with packaging machines that not only offer outstanding value for money, but also easily outperform machines available from other sources.

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