M5 Electro Standard version

macchina M5

The M5 is an electronic-based machine designed for fast production lines.

The application speed is up to 100 packs per minute (ppm). In double and triple lane configurations, the system can reach respectively 200 and 300 ppm.

The applicator head has one arm operated by two servomotors: the best solution for high speeds. The M5 applies the tape carry handle quickly and precisely.

Mactec carries out the Speed Test in real time on the packaging, according to the kind of pack and the application needed (top handle, oblique handle, etc.). This test ensures the precision of the application and a considerable reduction of critical issues.


  • Top handle
  • Oblique handle
  • Side handle
  • Carton pack handle
  • Bottom handle 
m1 applications

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 problem solving (remote assistance).

The application cycle requires optimal speed control, according to:

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

The automatic 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 tape 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 a 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.

Excellent packaging format flexibility.

Changing the packaging is easy.

The M5 is a highly versatile machine, capable of switching from the smallest to the biggest packaging without any problems.

The format changeover is via PLC (= programmable logic control) and there are no mechanical regulations (only the guides).

Double Servomotor Application head.

Two cutting-edge servomotors operate the application head, equipped with one arm.

When both the servomotors turn in the same direction, the head moves horizontally; when one of them rotates in the opposite direction the head moves vertically.

This mechanism is very simple and reliable. As there are no superfluous components, there is a considerable reduction of critical issues during the application phase. This means:

  • High reliability
  • Very fast application cycle
  • Precise packaging application

Tape tension system.

Automatic release of tension to avoid wrinkles on the soft packs. This system ensures the packaging integrity and an excellent product image.

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 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


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Layout: M5 (Electronic) double lane



Layout: M5 (Electronic) single lane