Roberts PolyPro Introduces a Semi-Automatic Handle Applicator to Latin America Businesses

Feb 21, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC — Roberts PolyPro, powered by ProMach, will introduce to Latin American businesses at Expo Pack Guadalajara, February 27 – March 1, 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.

This semi-automatic handle applicator with a single attendant has an impressive 15-to-17 cases-per-minute output. It’s far easier and less taxing for operators to use than manual applicators and comes with a price tag significantly under automatic machines. (Roberts PolyPro Expo Guadalajara 2013 Booth #1006)

“Customers in Latin America have told us they want to expand production, 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 designed the new semi-automatic machine with these customers in mind and engineered ergonomic, productivity, and quality features that will give customers a workhorse of a machine with minimized direct labor.”

This new 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.

The semi-automatic machine is simple to operate and maintain. For example if the machine detects a fault condition, Spanish language audio messages will identify for the operator the most likely cause of the problem and what to do to fix it.

Roberts PolyPro handles and carriers support total cost and sustainability goals

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.

The company’s extruded handles and multi-pack carriers consume on average 5 to 35 percent less resin compared to injection molded products. Roberts Polypro handles are customizable, giving the packer the ability to distinguish product from the competition.

The following table is a comparative analysis between an extruded Roberts PolyPro two-pack carrier and an injection molded carrier. The carriers were used with 32-ounce juice containers (.95 liters).

Comparative analysis

Roberts PolyPro extruded two-pack carrier

Injection molded two-pack carrier

Difference between extruded and injection molded carrier

Part Weight

5.40 grams

9.23 grams

41.5% less plastic

Pallet Count

144,000 pieces

47,520 pieces

67% more handles per pallet

Pallets per shipment

4 pallets

(576,000 pieces)

12 pallets

(570,240 pieces)

7 fewer pallets

Load weight

5,600 lbs.

12,084 lbs.

6,484 lbs. less weight

Watch a video of the machine in action. For more information on the new semi-automatic machine and light-weight recyclable handles, stop by the Roberts PolyPro Expo Pack Guadalajara Booth #1006 or contact sales at 800-269-7409. More solutions from Roberts PolyPro can be viewed at

About Roberts

Beverage, food, and consumer goods companies of all sizes choose Roberts PolyPro for plastic bottle, can, and box handles and application systems. Roberts PolyPro provides innovations that meet the challenges of today’s marketplace for multipacking and carrying. Roberts PolyPro is a product brand of ProMach, a global leader in packaging line solutions. As part of the ProMach Bottling & Capping business line, Roberts PolyPro helps our packaging customers protect their reputation and grow the trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Roberts PolyPro at and more about ProMach at

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