Primary Packaging: Product Handling: Fully-automatic Collators
Bradman Lake has been at the forefront of continuous motion product merging and collating. Lane balancing is achieved by advanced dynamic speed control and the use of pressure-less product queues.
The product can be collated in a side by side or stacked format without the need for intermittent mechanical motion.
Bradman Lake’s Race Track technology is used to create either ‘flat-pack’ or ‘on-edge’ collations.
Layer Collator (LC)
The LC is designed to interface with a product feeder, taking individual products and collating them into single or multiple stacks before flow wrapping on the horizontal flow wrapper.
Product is presented by primary infeed carriers, then positioned onto the various support shelves by a servo-controlled pivoting ramp. When the required collation is achieved, the complete collation(s) is transferred into the main infeed of the horizontal flow wrapper by a servo-controlled overhead transfer. It is possible to run individual products through the unit simply by deactivating the ramp mechanism.
Side by Side Collator (SBS)
The SBS is designed to interface with a Phase Feeder, taking individual products and collating them into pairs in a “side by side” format, before flow wrapping them on a horizontal flow wrapper.
High-speed Product Collators (HPC)
Bradman Lake has been at the forefront of continuous motion product merging for more demanding, higher speed applications, using twin stacked shuttle phase feeders. The product is collated in a side by side or stacked format without the need for intermittent mechanical motion. The system can be fed by either Bradman Lake’s Automatic Distribution System (ADS) or twin Product Orientation Feeder (POF). Lane balancing is achieved by dynamic speed control and the use of pressure-less product queues which are held within each shuttling system.
Cascade Collator/Loader (CCL)
The Cascade Loader comprises a system of infeed conveyors that feed product into a rotary pocket. The machine's function is to collate single or multiple products and synchronise their placement into the infeed pockets of an automatic horizontal flow wrapper or bagger.
The cascade loader includes an abort system to reject incorrect products.
Single or multiple cascade loaders can be interfaced to a single horizontal wrapper's infeed or bagger's infeed.
Bradman Lake also offers robotic and vision-guided robotic collators.
Seamless integration with Bradman Lake’s innovative primary packaging equipment, such as horizontal flow wrappers, roll wrappers, and baggers.