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Archive for August 2012

CBC ‘Complete Bag Control’ sack closing system

PACE open sack filler system

CBC ‘Complete Bag Control’.  A sack closing system offering the user complete bag control eliminating part sewn sacks.

Integrated automatic sack closing system which grabs the tops of the filled sack from the filling position and presenting it to the sealing head.  Maximum though put is maintained with inverter controlled flat belt conveyors.

NEW FOR 2012

PACE open sack filler system

Mechanical height adjustable system
The user has added the flexibility when using variable size sacks, through a mechanical height adjustable system. An optional electric height adjustment is available. Touch screen display and Plc control provides a user friendly adjustment application for adjusting timers and monitoring sack rates and error diagnostics. A service option of modem interface for programming and after service via the internet is available.


Throughput 10 bags per minute
Electrical requirement 3phase + neutral earth 440volts 16amp 1.25Kw 50hz
Control: Plc controlled
Air consumption 30lt per min
Noise 50dba
Weight 200kg
Construction Manufactured in mild steel
Option Stainless steel manufacture,  Modem

Sack Placer

PACE open sack system - sack placer

Suitable to present open mouth sacks to a self-adjusting sack clamp can be fitted to most automatic weighing machines incorporating the following features of bottom of bag pickup and chain drive sack feed Venturi operated open sack and electric drive rotation for presentation arms.

Up to 15 sack per minute and self-adjusting to suit different size sacks. HMI display for changing programs and inverter drives for total adjustment.

PACE open sack system - sack placer

PACE open sack filler system - sack placer

PACE open sack filler system HMI screen


Gripper Attachments

PACE suction gripper

Standard bag grippers which when fitted can have pallet lifting attachments to suit any application, options of electric drive width adjustment. Double grippers for higher throughput. All sizes of sacks catered for.

PACE sack gripper

PACE sack gripper

Robotic palletiser gripper

Pallet Conveyors

PACE conveyor

Moving empty or fully loaded pallets using quality Interroll Rollers designed and manufactured to suit all requirements.

PACE conveyor

Conveyor Specification

The conveyor frame is in mild formed steel with side sections 6mm thick and has a powder coat finish. The geared motor unit is mounted directly to the central driven roller assembly so that no adjustment of the chain tension or maintenance is required. The chain guards fully enclose the sprockets and chains. Our standard manufacturer for conveyor geared motor drives is SEW Eurodrive.

Roller Flattener

PACE auxiliary equipment - Conveyor and roller flatner

Sack conditioning for levelling and flattening using heavy duty drive rollers with smooth rubber lining, manual or electric drive adjustment.

PACE auxiliary equipment - Conveyor and roller flatner


PACE auxiliary equipment - Pickup conveyor

Sack conveyors manufactured to suit your requirements with various width and lengths.

PACE auxiliary equipment - Pickup conveyor

PACE robot palletizing system with bag conveyor

Bag Turners

PACE auxiliary equipment - Bag turner

Option of inline bag turners or end of conveyor wedge style sack kicking

PACE auxiliary equipment - Bag turner

Call in and visit us at PPMA 2012, 25–27 September

PPMA 2012 logo

PACE Mechanical Handling Ltd look forward to meeting new and existing customers on Stand No: D74 at the NEC, Birmingham in September. The PPMA Show is a complete production line event and PACE are exhibiting the very latest of their new range of Motoman robotic palletising systems.

PPMA 2012

The Motoman systems, produced by leading Japanese company Yaskawa, are used for palletising sacks, cartons, crates or any object which requires placement onto a pallet, including chemicals, aggregates, rubber & plastics, food & manufacturing. PACE custom-build a bespoke solution to suit the application and the clients particular requirements regarding space and working schedules.

Articulated arm robot for greater flexibility
Sales Director Nick Cesare adds “These are exciting times for PACE. Right now, improving palletising with a new state-of-the-art articulated arm robot couldn’t be easier. With less moving parts than conventional systems plus the added flexibility when palletising different size objects proves an appealing solution for many clients demands”.

If you’d like to discuss a new system with Nick please call on 01775 630 900 or email

For more information about PPMA 2012 visit the PPMA website

Space saving solution for animal feeds producer

The requirement

A long established company based in Lincolnshire producing animal feeds had a requirement to find a space saving solution to their palletising problems. The MD commented “With the very large amount of different size and weights of sack being used in the process and the continual change over down time, the old palletiser is costing a considerable amount of time and money and something has to be done”.

The solution

The solution was to replace the old system with a New Motoman ES165D-100 Robot palletising system from PACE Mechanical Handling Ltd. Two robot systems were supplied, one for each bag filling lines with both systems consisting of two pallets on the floor arrangement. By removing the old XYZ style palletiser and replacing with a New Motoman ES165D-100 a significant amount of floor space was saved.

All PACE robot systems have the following standard equipment: 
guarding manufactured by Axelent, safety light curtains by Smartscan, safety circuit by Pilz Co. Ltd., control equipment by Omron. Modems/ethernet hub is fitted as standard for after sales service and planned maintenance contracts.

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PACE team up with YASKAWA MOTOMAN robots

A visit to Japan to the Robot Expo “IREX” last year. It made sense to sign up with Motoman Robots. With a wide range of models and producing 2000 robots per month we needed a supplier with the understanding of the palletizing market. With the latest software, programing and integration becomes a lot simpler.

PACE team up with Yaskawa Robots