Elettric80 launches the Unicorn system, an efficient and sustainable automation for the tissue sector


The new Elettric80 model of Laser Guided Vehicle for the tissue sector can lift and move reels up to 3 – 5 tons in weight and 3 meters in diameter. The result is greater flexibility, enhanced safety, and less waste.  

The advanced automatic handling system guarantees the optimisation and safety of the operations throughout the supply chain by fully integrating intralogistics flows in smart tissue factories.  

This new LGV model is especially suited to the automatic handling of parent reels in the tissue paper sector and is designed to reduce waste and to safeguard the quality of the finished product. 

Patented by Elettric80, the Unicorn automatic system attains three main goals: zero damage to the parent reel, 6-7 per cent optimisation of warehouse storage and drastic reduction in the so-called “chimney effect” in case of fire and automatic handling of the reel core. 

The Group has already implemented 900 LGVs, over 600 robotic lines, approx. 200 stretch wrappers and numerous factories with high – density warehouses around the world.  

The system can lift reels weighing up to 3 – 5 tons, with a diameter of 3 meters, and stack them vertically up to three levels, reaching a final height of 9 meters. Unicorn can therefore work with all kinds of reel.  

The new handling system is equipped with two pins that act inside the reel core and with which the reel can be picked up and deposited with both vertical and horizontal axis. 

The first pin is expandable and enables to lift the reel from the inside, while the second pin is inserted in the lower part of the reel to support it and allow its rotation.  

This system guarantees the highest standards of parent reel quality by eliminating the crushing associated with pressure-type grippers. 

Since there is no longer any contact with the outside of the paper reels, they can be moved and stored automatically without further interventions, and without any damage whatsoever.  

Such efficiency means an almost total reduction in waste caused by the product deterioration and a 6-7 per cent optimisation of warehouse space, since reels can be stored in direct contact with each other, thus maximising safety in case of fire. 

Finally, this latest addition to Elettric80’s LGV fleet is able to handle spent reel cores automatically, a task that today is handled almost exclusively manually. 

This extra functionality comes on top of incredibly high levels of efficiency guaranteed by the LGVs that ensure the utmost integration of the intralogistics operations inside the factories and the traceability of all the processes. 

Furthermore, power supply with lithium batteries developed by Elettric80 partner Flash Battery cuts energy consumptions by over 25 per cent. 


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