Side Family Handle Applicator


The Side family applies self-adhesive tape carry handles at 90°, on the side of the packaging. The application head is located on the side of the machine instead of on the top, as in traditional machines.

The Side family is suitable for any production line, in single, double and triple lane.


The most important usage of the side application is for slim and tall packaging (ex. Tissue sector), but it is often used in multipacks, such as 24-cans (Beverage), and for all the packaging where the shape or size make a lateral handle more comfortable for lifting, grabbing and carrying the packaging.

In some cases the side self-adhesive tape carry handle is useful to pull the packaging off a crowded shelf, as it is easier to find it, then grab and pull.

The Side Family includes pneumatic and electronic models covering any and all production line needs, from 25 ppm (single lane) to 300 ppm (triple lane).

M1 S-A 20-25
M2 S-A 40
M3 S-A 55
M4- SA 75
M5 S ELECTRO - A 100
M1 S-B n.d.
M2 S-B 40+40
M3 S-B 55+55
M4 S-B 75+75
M5 S ELECTRO - B 100+100
A: single lane – B: double lane PPM: packs per minute

The Side Family applies all kinds of self-adhesive carry handles in commerce.

  • 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)

SIDE FAMILY M1 S-A M2 S-A M3 S-A M4 S-A M5 S-A M2 S-B M S-3B M S-4B M5 S-B
L1 (conveyor length) 2230 2400 2400 2800 3700 2400 2400 2800 3700
L2 (total length) 3000 3200 3200 3600 4250 3200 3200 3600 4250
W (width) 1400 Tailor
A: single lane; B: double lane
The width of all the Side Family models varies acording to the type of packaging

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
  • M2, M3, M4
  • M5 (Electronic)

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