Roberts PolyPro Features a Semi-Automatic Handle Applicator at Pack Expo 2013 – A Solution for Companies Looking to Cost Effectively Increase Market Penetration

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This machine lowers risk in terms of capital costs when brand owners and contract packagers are expanding production to serve new markets. (Pack Expo Booth C-2414)

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Roberts PolyPro, powered by Pro Mach, will feature at Pack Expo 2013, September 23-25 in Las Vegas, an innovative semi-automatic handle applicator designed to help brand owners and contract packagers cost effectively boost production as part of a market growth strategy. (Roberts PolyPro Booth C-2414)

This semi-automatic handle applicator operated by a single attendant offers an impressive 15-to-17 cases-per-minute output. It’s far easier and less taxing for workers to use than manual applicators and comes with a price tag significantly under automatic machines.

“Many customers have told us they want to expand into nearby markets, but can’t justify the expense of a fully automatic handle applicator at an early stage of market development,” said Chris Turner, Sales Director, Roberts PolyPro. “We designed the semi-automatic machine with these customers in mind and engineered ergonomic, productivity, and quality features into the machine that will give customers a workhorse with minimized direct labor.”

This machine, with a single operator, can apply handles in two-pack configurations as well as three-, four-, six-, and eight-packs. These units are designed for maximum flexibility. Change parts allow for different bottle sizes. The semi-automatic machine can be moved from line to line to accommodate variable production schedules.

Roberts PolyPro Handles Support Total Cost & Sustainability Goals

Roberts PolyPro’s lightweight, compact handles and multi-pack carriers support the sustainability efforts of its customers by reducing material consumption and improving cube utilization. The company’s extruded handles and multi-pack carriers consume on average 5 to 35 percent less resin compared to injection molded products. Material reduction is an important contributor to improving a package’s sustainability. Roberts PolyPro products are made from extruded HDPE resin and, when used with either PET or HDPE bottles, the entire package — bottle and handle — is 100 percent recyclable. Roberts Polypro handles are customizable, giving the packer the ability to distinguish product from the competition.

Roberts PolyPro orients multipack handles before shipment and in the case of single bottle handles uses a patented process of welding the handles together prior to shipment. On average, this process results in 40 percent more handles per pallet than loose handles shipped in bulk. The increase in units per pallet significantly decreases shipping costs, improves cube utilization, reduces the amount of corrugated board required, and lowers over-the-road fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. There is also less damage to handles during shipment.

For more information on the semi-automatic machine and light-weight recyclable handles, stop by the Roberts PolyPro Pack Expo Booth C-2414 or contact sales at 800-269-7409. More solutions from Roberts PolyPro can be viewed at http://www.RobertsPolyPro.com.

About Roberts PolyPro

Roberts PolyPro, powered by Pro Mach, offers innovative product packaging solutions for consumer packaged goods and beverage companies. The company is a leader in manufacturing plastic and paper bottle carriers, box handles, pour spouts, j-hooks, and a complete line of standard and custom feeder and folder/gluer machinery. Roberts PolyPro is based in Charlotte, NC. Visit Roberts PolyPro at w ww.RobertsPolyPro.com.

About Pro Mach

Pro Mach is a leading provider of integrated packaging products and solutions for food, beverage, household goods, pharmaceutical, and other diverse consumer and industrial companies. Through multiple business units and related brands, Pro Mach provides equipment, installation, training, parts, and service in primary and secondary packaging, flexible packaging, end-of-line packaging, material handling, and identification and tracking.

Pro Mach has a diverse customer base, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, privately-held businesses worldwide, which depend on reliable, flexible, technologically advanced packaging equipment and integrated solution sets. Pro Mach is headquartered near Cincinnati, Ohio with manufacturing facilities and offices throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about Pro Mach visit our website at http://www.ProMachInc.com.

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