A new system
The new product handling line at Plastek UK.
Plastek UK has taken delivery of a new automation system for its product handling, delivered by UK firm UPM Conveyors. Plastek is a specialist in the design, manufacture and decoration of packaging for the personal care; cosmetics; pharmaceutical and food markets, which uses a range of injection and injection blow moulding machines.
UPM Conveyors installed the first system for Plastek UK in 2005 and has now completed its third additional system. Operation is managed on an HMI touch screen control, allowing finished parts to be transferred from the injection moulding machine, directly to the fully automatic assembly and packaging lines with no manual involvement. This is achieved with the incorporation of multi-way diverters, which are based on a Queen’s Award winning conveyor design from UPM.
Under press reversing reject belt conveyors operate via the machine control to ensure that only good product is kept. From here, the good parts are transported via swan neck belt conveyors to high level conveyors, minimising floor area occupied. They are then passed through a fire-wall to assembly/filling lines.