Frankfurt Sausage Packing Machine

by Greg Perry

Frankfurt Sausage Packing Machine

This specialised ADDE machine is for the high speed packing of up to 800 sausages (Frankfurt or hotdog sausages) per minute (1,000 cocktails/minute) loading into a Multivac thermoformer. The machine features quick-change setup between 70mm up to 250mm (3″ to 10″) with packing configurations between retail and bulk packs. The system is split in 2 down each side of the Multivac with 2 Velec bowls, 2 ADDE high speed sorting heads and 4 Kuka Agilus KR 10 hygenic grade robots packing into the Multivac packs.

Don’s Smallgoods central palletiser

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Don’s Smallgoods central palletiser

This central palletiser was installed in 2009 and is still going strong.

Receiving over 9,000 cartons per hour from 27 packing lines, with 16 robots and 32 pallet stations the system outputs over 100 wrapped pallets per hour.

The system is serviced by AGV delivering stacks of empty pallets and taking the finished pallets away.

Featuring ABB 4600 robots the system uses custom rail shuttles to transfer the pallets from pallet preparation to each station then on to the stretch wrapper..

Cake loading to trays

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Cake loading to trays

Automated loading of cakes onto trays.

The trays are de-nested using an ABB robot.

The operator can replenish the stacks of trays without stopping the robot loading.

The tray stacks from the box occasionally come wedged together causing the robot not being able to pickup the tray. In this situation the robot after a couple of attempts will automatically start loading from the other side of the de-nester. A tower lamp alerts the operator of the presence of a wedged tray. They can then rectify the problem and allow the robot to resume de-nesting from that stack.

The cakes come in sets of 4 at a rate of 900 per hour. Using conveyor tracking the robot will pick up the cake and place it in the tray.

Retracting Conveyor Gate

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Retracting Conveyor Gate

This is a unique telescopic retracting gate for conveyor systems to allow traffic to pass through without impending the flow of the products. Read more

Croissant Packing

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Croissant Packing

When your production volumes are high you need automation that can match your output.

This automation cell:

  • Takes packets of croissants directly from the bakery line at production output speed
  • Erects a box
  • Packs the trays into shippers in layers of 4
  • Palletises the shippers with slip sheet on pallet
  • Shrink- wraps with corner posts ready for dispatch.

All at a rate of 260 packets per minute (approx. 4 per second)

Automation of corner posting is always a challenge but this custom built example offers a unique reliable solution.

Bridge Conveyor

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Bridge Conveyor

This project includes a conveyor with a bridge to move a product from one point without disturbing factory work. Read more