Company: Intelligrated, Mason, OH
Equipment Snapshot: Intelligrated is launching two enhanced palletizer models—the Alvey 890i and 891i—at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015. The 891i (shown) features a level, non-pitched layer accumulation table as a buffering mechanism to enable a throughput rate in excess of 60 cases per minute, while the 890i achieves a nominal rate of up to 45 cases per minute. According to the company, the new models provide flexibility and versatility in a smaller footprint, and can handle a wider array of package types and intricate stacking patterns. Operators can create new load configurations through a 10-inch, color touch-screen interface while capitalizing on standard features like automatic layer-centering compression dams and package stops that can be relocated or installed in minutes. Maintenance-focused enhancements to the Alvey 890 series include semitransparent covers for improved visibility during operation. Covers and guards are easy to handle and remove for quick access to components. The updated design also prioritizes safety with an automatic air dump to avoid trapped energy, standard high-voltage arc flash protection, remote power disconnect, interlocked access gates, taller safety fences and a muted light curtain system for pallet discharge.