M2, M3, M4 - Standard Version

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The M2, M3, M4 Standard version uses pneumatic technology and meets the needs of companies where the production lines are from low to upper-intermediate speed, up to 75 packs per minute

The M2, M3, M4 Standard version applies self-adhesive carry handles on all types of multipack (bottles, cans, bricks), single unit products, on various surfaces: shrink film, cardboards, etc. and special contour packs.

Mactec always tests the application in advance to guarantee the customer the best application performance.

The M2, M3, M4 Standard versions apply all kinds and dimensions of tape carry handles in commerce:

  • the traditional tape carry handle, made of an adhesive tape and an insert to be coupled on the machine itself
  • the pre-made handle (the so-called “pre-laminated”) that does not require the coupling process.


  • Top handle
  • Side handle
  • Oblique handle
  • Bottom handle 

The M2, M3, M4 Standard version does not apply the Carton application

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PLC with touch screen

The PLC - Programmable Logic Controller, controls and manages the entire application cycle of the machine.

The PLC main functions are to:

  1. Synchronize all moving parts
  2. Manage the space between the packs transiting on the conveyor system
  3. Apply the self-adhesive carry handle at the proper time

It is equipped with a multilingual operator interface: an operator-friendly touch screen panel from Siemens or Allen Bradley. The operator can easily set up the change of the packaging format or make other pre-set operations.

The PLC checks the functioning status of the machine by displaying warnings or alarm messages.
It is also possible to connect the handle applicator to the manufacturer via internet in case of technical problems (remote assistance).

The application cycle requires optimal speed control, according to:

  • the speed of the customer production line where the handle applicator machine is installed.
  • the type of the pack to be handled.
  • the kind of application (top, bottom, carton, etc.) and the dimensions of the self-adhesive carry handles.

The handle applicator machine works in 4 easy steps:

  1. The operator sets up the packaging format on the touch screen (ex. 3x2 1-liter PET bottles) and regulates the guides and the height of the application head.
    The packs arriving from the production line are slowed down and spaced by the infeed conveyor.
    The lateral guides keep them still.
  2. The pre-made carry handle is on the reel holder. It is unwound by a system of smaller reels and applied on the packs coming from the shrink-wrapping machine or other packaging machine: labelling machine, etc.
    In case of traditional tape carry handle, it must first be coupled on the machine (=adhesive tape + back insert, usually cardboard), and then applied on the packaging. An additional cardboard store is therefore set up and enabled.
  3. The incoming packs on the conveyor are kept still and upright by the compression belts, which compress their tops for 2-3 mm. The packs transit on the main conveyor of the handle applicator. The compression belt speed is synchronized with the main conveyor.
  4. A sensor detects that the transiting pack is under the application head: the PLC sends the command to apply the carry handle tape to the pack. Then, at the appropriate instant, a cutting blade cuts the carry handle tape without damaging  the remaining tape, which remains intact and ready for the next application. 

High performance, good price.

Less expensive than the electronic version, but at the same time capable of ensuring very good speeds. Good value for money.

Double arm application head.

This is the best solution for these speeds in pneumatic technology. The first arm applies the tape handle, the second one ensures effective adherence.


  • High reliability
  • Fast application cycle
  • Precise application

High Quality Cutting System.

This system is very simple and does not have superfluous components, thereby reducing the possibility of critical issues.

The cut is on the non-glued side, so no glue contaminates the blade: no cleaning problems.

The M cutting system ensures a high-quality cut, avoiding damage to the tape that could complicate the application on the following packaging.


  • Considerable reduction of maintenance interventions
  • Easy to disassemble and clean
  • Highly reliable application

Motorized height adjustment of handle application head

Mactec gives the possibility of changing the various packaging format, switching for example from a 0.35-liter bottle to a taller format (1-litre, 2-litre, and so on).

Thanks to this automatic option, it is easy to set up the height of the new format simply pressing the touch screen (on the PLC panel): the application head will adjust its height, moving electrically instead of by hand. 

Arc shape device for top flat packaging

This machine has the arc shape device for flat top packaging, where the space for the hand can be too small to grasp.

To solve this issue, during the application cycle, once the first arm applies the tape on the leading edge, a belt turns fast, pulling a few centimeters of tape in order to form a little loop (the arc)

At this point, the second arm applies the tape on the second edge with a roll, leaving the loop at the center of the handle (arc formed)

Electrical adjustment of the distance between the two application heads (double track)

In a double lane configuration, the two application heads are at a pre-set distance and simultaneously apply the carry handle on the packaging on both tracks.

This system allows the operator to regulate the distance as needed. Instead, most Handle Applicators in commerce require the intervention of the manufacturer’s technical assistance service to make such adjustments.

Other Options

  • Web connection via Ethernet
  • External electrical cabinet
  • Air conditioning on electrical cabinet
  • Stainless Steel frame

  • Machine speed: up to 75 packs/min per lane
  • Installed Power: from 2 kW ÷ 3,4kW
  • 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