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Standard-Knapp has introduced the Pikmore Uncaser, a continuous motion machine suitable for the wine and beverage industries.

A sister machine to the company’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.

While the Pakmore’s gripper heads pick up bottles and safely lower them into the cases, the Uncaser’s gripper heads revolve around a centre carousel to quickly and gently lift the empty glass bottles from their cases.

Designed to maximise efficiency while also minimising bottle damage, the Pikmore gently places the bottles on the conveyer as they leave the machine.

Maxwell Ziegler, technical writer for Standard-Knapp, said: ‘Our customers on the brewery side buy their glass in bulk.

‘This glass arrives in cases – the same cases that will later be shipped right back out holding the beverage.

‘Standard-Knapp saw the need for a machine that could fill a void in the packaging line – one that could take the glass out of the case, send the case down the line and then send the empty glass down the line too, before utilising a case packer,’ he added.

Equipped with the company’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 further down the chain.

Almost the entire machine is programmed for auto lubrication.

In addition, the Pikmore is free of servo motors to avoid the high cost of ownership and operation associated with them.

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.

The Pikmore utilises fewer parts and minimal wear items.

All operations are timed through a trigger on the main carousel.

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