Bottom Family



The Bottom Family applies the self-adhesive carry handle on the bottom of packaging, like on the large water cooler bottles, carried capsized and easily placed on their own dispenser in homes and offices all over the world.

The Bottom family offers 5 different models, both pneumatic and electronic, in single, double and triple lane versions.

The single lane version is suitable for production lines up to 90 ppm (single lane) using electronic technology.


This application is very useful to grip, lift and position mineral water bottles up to 19 liters on dispensers located in homes and offices.

The logistics operations improve in terms of less effort and time to carry and place the large bottle on the dispenser.

The weight of the bottle held by the tape carry handle is up to 19 kg, according to the technical data supplied by Alimac.

The testing activity of the self-adhesive carry handle is very important to ensure the hold.

The application head is placed on the bottom of the machine instead of on the top. The conveyor belt is divided into two parallel belts to leave space for the large bottles.

  • Web connection via Ethernet. When the operator requests remote assistance, the customer service assistant connects to the PLC touch screen, making it possible to intervene directly on the machine.
  • External electrical cabinet. Some production lines have centralized and integrated electrical panels for the machines instead of individual ones close to the machine.
  • Air conditioning on electrical cabinet. Warm countries need this option to avoid electrical issues caused by the climate.
  • Motorized height adjustment on handle applying head. Easy and fast adjustment of the height of the application head when the operator changes the packaging format.
  • Adjustable distance between the handle applying heads’ center-lanes. For double lane models.
  • Handle-loop shaping device (Arc). Very useful for top flat packs, it facilitates creating the arched shape of the carry handle.
  • Stainless Steel frame. For the food sector, to prevent contamination by rust, varnish, and other dangerous elements.

Mactec Handle Applicators apply every kind of self-adhesive carry handle in commerce:

  • Standard (Traditional). The handle requires the coupling of the two distinct components (self-adhesive tape + back insert) by the handle applicator before being applied on the transiting packaging
  • Pre-laminated (Pre-made or Pre-handled). The handle does not require the coupling of the two components by the handle applicator, as it has already been manufactured as one piece, “ready to use” product to be directly applied on the transiting packaging .

The handle dimensions applicable range from 25 mm to 37.5 mm (width). There are no limitations for length.

Mactec recommends using Alimac products for their high quality levels and the proven high performance of its handle applicators. Some Alimac product families (pre-handled):

  • Paper Family.  
    Printable paper insert for marketing (brand, bar code, QR code, etc.), very good value for money; superior quality product vs. traditional ones.
  • Flexy.
    A transparent adhesive carry handle with a printable Polypropylene insert (PP). Eye-catching effect and good communication; brilliant colors; original form memory; long lasting storage
  • Clear.
    This fully transparent solution has an integrated handle in polypropylene (PP) and is printable (brand, logo). Discreet and elegant, it highlights the uniqueness of the original packaging and does not cover its writings. Original form memory; long lasting storage. Useful where there are advertising restrictions on the packaging.
  • Soft (Foam 1mm+2 mm).
    Made up of an adhesive backing with an insert of soft polyolefin foam, this solution ensures greater comfort in grasping, lifting, and carrying the packaging. Ideal for heavy packaging and especially popular with some end-user segments for its superior comfort level. Another option is to add a color-printed insert. The ultimate brand experience and caring for end-consumers.

Pre-laminated carry handle benefits:

  1. no critical issues for the coupling
  2. faster operations, as it is not necessary for the operator to reload the cardboard clip
  3. high-quality insert: long lasting Polypropylene (PP) insert
  4. glossy print: high-quality printing and more effective communication
  5. original form memory: the carry handle returns to its original form after being used
  6. warehouse operations rationalization: just one reel to be stored
  7. just one supplier: no other suppliers are required for different kinds of cardboard
  8. long-lasting storage: reduction of common storage problems (ex: humidity)

Dimensions (mm)

L1 (conveyor length) 1600 2900 2900 2800 3272 2900 2900 2900 3274
L2 (total length) 2460 3260 3260 3660 3272 3260 3260 3660 3274
W (width) 1200 1465 465 1465 1337 2205 2205 2205 2764
A: single lane; B: double lane

Technical Data

  • M1
    • Machine speed: up to 25 packs/min per lane
    • Installed Power: 2,5kW ÷ 5kW (single/double lane)
    • Power Supply: 400VAC - 50Hz - 3Ph+N+G
    • Auxiliary Voltage: 24V DC/AC
    • Electrics IP: IP54
    • Air Supply: 6bar
    • Air consumption: 100NL/min : 200NL/min
    • Working temperature: +8°C ÷ +40°C
  • M2, M3, M4
    • Machine speed: up to 75 packs/min per lane
    • Installed Power: from 2 kW ÷ 3,4 kW
    • Power Supply: 400 V AC - 50Hz - 3Ph+N+G
    • Auxiliary Voltage: 24 V DC/AC
    • Electrics IP: IP54
    • Air Supply: 6 bar
    • Air consumption: 250NL/min ÷ 960NL/min
    • Operating temperature: +8°C ÷ +40°C
  • M5 (Electronic)
    • Machine speed: up to 100 packs/min per lane
    • Installed Power: 9 kW ÷ 15 Kw
    • Power Supply: 400 V AC - 50 Hz - 3Ph+N+G
    • Auxiliary Voltage: 24V DC/AC
    • Electrics IP: IP54
    • Air Supply: 6 bar
    • Air consumption: 100NL/min ÷ 250NL/min
    • Operating temperature: +8°C ÷ +40°C


  • M1-A
  • M2-A
  • M3-A
  • M4-A
  • M5-A
  • M1 B
  • M2 B
  • M3 B
  • M4 B
  • M5 B


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