IS-Machines & Equipment

Heye BlankSideRobot

Automatic swabbing for higher product quality and efficiency

An important breakthrough in the automatic swabbing of glass forming equipment

The BlankSideRobot is the latest in a series of equipment developments from Heye International, aimed at optimising the glass container production process. In combination with the company’s Multilevel Safety and Protection Concept, the SpeedLine IS-Machine not only increases work safety but also delivers superior product quality and enhanced productivity.


There is a new compact design with the integrated LED strips. The robot’s LEDs not only offer a clear visual representation of its operating status (the operating mode, the direction of travel, the countdown to the robot’s start) but also serve as a convenient way to monitor the lubricant level in the tank. Particular attention was paid to the safety of both the system and the user personnel. When it comes to system safety, the focus is on detecting and preventing collisions between the robot and the invert, as well as the use of a non-destructive tool. The first stage is collision avoidance, where the SpeedLine’s invert mechanism stops as soon as the swabbing robot enters the potential collision area. The second stage involves collision detection. If a collision does occur, the section will automatically stop to avoid any additional damage. The third stage involves the use of a “non-destructive” lubrication tool. Heye International uses a breakaway magnetic coupling. If there is physical contact between the invert and the lubricating head, the front part of the tool disconnects from a magnetic coupling on the lubricating tool. A safety rope, similar to the wheel tethers used in Formula 1, prevents the lubricating tool from falling uncontrollably into the machine.



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