Apex

Sleevers

Adaptable Performance without Fail

Apex sleevers offer class-leading paperboard solutions for a wide range of products, sleeve styles and pack configurations. With speeds up to 300 sleeves per minute, easily adaptable product handling options, advanced servo technology and heavy gauge stainless steel construction, Douglas delivers a non-stop powerhouse of performance, versatility and reliability.

  • Speeds up to 300 sleeves per minute
  • Advanced servo technology
  • Simple and repeatable changeovers
  • Heavy-gauge stainless steel tubular frame for exceptional strength and durability
  • Walk-in frame design for easy access and maintenance
  • Fall through, balcony design overhead wiring and servo cable mounting ideal for dusty or wet environment
  • Cantilevered design allows less reach to the carton flights for convenient operator access
  • Simple solutions for wraparound, drop-through or neck-through sleeve applications
  • Wide range of pack configurations

Apex offers rugged reliability combined with the latest innovative technologies to easily and precisely adapt to your application.

  • Wraparound sleeves: Ideal for sleeving single products or multi-packs with top, side or bottom closure, available with bottom glue/top gusset or top glue/bottom gusset
  • Drop-through sleeves: Perfect for single pack, multi-pack and multi-tier sleeving of tapered cups and containers
  • Neck-through sleeves: Show off your product while providing excellent pack containment of necked bottles and containers, available with bottom glue/top gusset or top glue/bottom gusset
Apex Sleeving Capabilities

Douglas offers appropriately applied technologies for infeed conveying, collating and loading solutions that increase line efficiencies for soft, semi-rigid and rigid containers.

Simple balanced lane product infeeds use surge control to enhance line efficiency by increasing or decreasing machine speed to maintain pace with product delivery.

Timing screws are used for surgeable, semi-rigid containers requiring grouping, spacing or separation prior to sleeve introduction.

Star wheels are used for soft products requiring surge control and spacing prior to sleeve introduction.

Unique live belt turning reliability for products requiring orientation prior to sleeving.

Infeed Conveying

Fast, repeatable changeover feature offers multiple enhancements.

Changeover time – significantly reduces time to less than 5 minutes (time of changeover is dependent on extent of changeover)

Repeatability – rail positions are recipe-driven and locked in place to within +/- 1/32″

Flexibility – ability to place lanes where desired as opposed to centerline or fixed side adjustments and more customer options for generating product-specific recipes

Durability – infeed rail’s holding force can withstand high product pressure

Ergonomics – minimizing manual adjustments maximizes efficiency and promotes safety in the work environment

Automated changeovers offer dramatic improvements to line efficiencies and reduce operator errors.

  • Machine functions operate simultaneously instead of one at a time, dramatically increasing efficiencies
  • Servo motors are readily programmed with excellent capability to adapt to changes and adjustments
  • Fast, repeatable changeovers and simple adjustments when products or materials vary slightly
  • Smooth, quiet operation reduces component wear for lower maintenance cost
  • On-board diagnostics provide simple troubleshooting from the HMI
Automated Changeover

Precision sleeve blank and product control ensures consistent non-stop production for all product types.

  • Magazines are intelligently designed to ensure precise blank placement and orientation.
  • Sleeves are introduced from the top or bottom depending on sleeve design. Methods including sleeve flight lugs and capture rail systems maintain constant control of sleeve and product during the loading process.
  • Closing and sealing are aided with a combination of static plows and live closures to minimize sleeve friction and resistance, ensuring consistently formed end products.
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Specifications

Drive: Servo motors
Pitch: Application dependent
Flight Chains: Application dependent
Speed: Variable up to 300 sleeves/minute or 800 products/minute (pitch, product and sleeve design dependent)
Product Size Range: Per project specification
Package Size Range: Per project specification
Magazine Capacity: 6’ (1828.8 mm) standard, shorter or longer capacities optional
Frame: Tubular steel
Adjustments: Threaded screws, handwheels, scales and pointers
Digital scales, phase adjustments and tool-less packages (application dependent) optional
Sleeve Setup/Feeder: Rotary placer (application dependent)
Sleeve Positioning: Traveling flights
Sleeve Closures: Glue or locks
Glue System: Nordson ProBlue® or per project specification
Compression: Timing belt drive
Guarding: Full length polycarbonate with extruded anodized aluminum frames
Electrical: Allen Bradley programmable logic controller or per project specification
Touch screen operator interface panel
NEMA 12 wiring and enclosures
NEMA 4 or 4X wiring and enclosures optional
Finish: Gray metallic powder coat epoxy, other colors optional
All parts in contact with product are stainless steel, anodized aluminum or food grade plastic
OEM parts are per manufacturers’ standard finish
Power: 230/480V, 50/60HZ, 3PH
Single drop
Other power sources available
Air: 80-100 PSI (5.5-6.9 bar)
Single drop
The Apex Sleever easily accommodates large size ranges and pack patterns for the food and beverage industries.