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.

Alto Central Palletiser

by Greg Perry

Alto Central Palletiser

This central palletiser was installed in 2009 (confirm!) but is still going strong. All palletisers are customised to the number of lines and rates required; this line is optimised for a large number of lines (up to 36) but a relatively low case rate on each line, which means robots on tracks is the perfect solution. The line features 3 pallet types with the robot picking the required pallet from the stack and loading it in place using the special gripper adaptor. Finished pallets are taken out on rail shuttles to the hood wrapper and on to the warehouse.

Product Double Stacking

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Product Double Stacking

Reorientating and double stacking product in preparation for flow wrap packaging.

Product infeed rate is 90 parts per minute. The machine uses a Fanuc M-1iA D 6-axis Delta Robot to pick, place and reorientate the part.

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.

Domino laser integration

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Domino laser integration

In this project we integrated a Domino Laser Marking unit and a vision system into a larger multi-process piece of equipment. Read more

UR5 robot loading parts

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UR5 robot loading parts

UR5 collaborative robot loading parts onto a conveyor. A great application where a collaborative robot is the ideal solution. 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.

AGVs for pallet movements

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AGVs for pallet movements

ADDE designed and built a central palletiser for AstraZeneca in Sydney that uses autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) for all pallet movements.

A mezzanine was installed to allow the UR10 robots upstairs to palletise while the pallets are finished downstairs.

The system palletises onto cardboard Euro Pallets that are moved on customised tables. It uses Swisslog CarryPick vehicles which lift the tables with their integrated lifting system.

The vehicles navigate using markers on the floor around a fixed path. The system is not ‘people safe’, mainly because of the large industrial robots downstairs, so these marker following vehicle are fit for purpose in this application.

The system has 2 vehicles on the mezzanine and 3 downstairs in the pallet finishing operations all under the control of the master fleet management system.