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.

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 preparion 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.

Solar chip sorting with a UR3e

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Solar chip sorting with a UR3e

This collaborative robot cell is picking high efficiency (triple junction) solar cells from the wafer format and sorting them into trays for the next assembly process. 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.

Automatic Corner Post

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Automatic Corner Post

This automatic corner post application on a turntable stretch wrapper uses an ABB IRB 1200 to pick up a corner post from a magazine stack, fold it then apply tack adhesive.

The robot:

  • scans the corner of the pallet for accurate placement of the corner post.
  • applies one layer of stretch wrapping to the pallet before attaching the corner posts.
  • then applies another layer of stretch wrapping to hold the posts in place permanently.