Packaging Robots Are Worth While

Jul 29, 2013

Packaging robots are the best investment you could make to increase the productivity on your production line. Packaging robots ensure flexibility, reliability, shorter cycle times, and new packaging designs. Furthermore, the packaging robots help to ensure that products arrive on time and without any damage.


Pack­ing box­es, car­tons, crates or cas­es: pack­ag­ing automa­tion is the fastest way to ensure flex­i­bil­i­ty, pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, and reli­a­bil­i­ty in pack­ag­ing oper­a­tions. To com­pete with demands for short­er cycle times, new pack­ag­ing designs, mul­ti­ple pack sizes, and batch man­u­fac­tur­ing, pack­ag­ing robots are the solution. 

Pack­ag­ing robots are being increas­ing­ly incor­po­rat­ed into the machine con­trol sys­tem, and the entire appli­ca­tion is usu­al­ly now con­trolled from the system’s PLC. With new devel­op­ments in vision track­ing, pack­ag­ing robots are more use­ful than ever. From food and bev­er­age pack­ing to phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pack­ag­ing, robots are more accu­rate and reli­able than their human coun­ter­parts. They ensure prod­ucts arrive at their des­ti­na­tion with­out any dam­age or hygiene issues, and accel­er­ates pro­duc­tion simultaneously.

ABB offers a range of 4‑axis and 6‑axis pack­ing robot mod­els with best-in-class con­vey­or track­ing. The robots are equipped to per­form robot-based case pack­ing, which is when small­er box­es are packed into larg­er ones. Race­track pack­ing, when many items are picked simul­ta­ne­ous­ly with the aid of grip­pers, is also a pos­si­bil­i­ty. ABB’s robots have been used to pack med­i­cine at Astra Zeneca, chick­en fil­lets at Steggles Foods, and sausages at Scan. Their ver­sa­til­i­ty is appar­ent, and which mod­el should be used depends on the con­di­tions of the appli­ca­tion. Some of the most pop­u­lar mod­els are the IRB 260, IRB 2400, and the ABB Flex­Pick­er.

Fanucs M‑420iA robot, equipped with iRVi­sion track­ing, is designed for high-speed man­u­fac­tur­ing appli­ca­tions: not just pack­ag­ing, but also pick­ing, pal­letiz­ing, mate­r­i­al han­dling, machine load/​unload, and parts trans­fer. It boasts the fastest times for a 4‑axis pack­ing robot at 57 cycles per minute. The M‑420iA was cho­sen to pick and pack box­es of Oreo cook­ies, and its dex­ter­i­ty allows it to work on mul­ti­ple pack­ag­ing lines with one unit.

The Motoman HP206 is a dynam­ic, high-speed robot with a com­pact design. It can be placed close to the work­piece and requires min­i­mal instal­la­tion space. How­ev­er, it offers the widest work­ing enve­lope in its class. The NX100Controller offers mul­ti­ple robot con­trol capa­bil­i­ties, allow­ing up to four robots to be used togeth­er to opti­mize productivity.

Regard­less of the pack­ag­ing require­ments, pack­ag­ing robots are fast and effec­tive at their job. Robots​.com offers a large vari­ety of pack­ag­ing robots. For help in choos­ing the right one for your facil­i­ty, con­tact Robots​.com online or call 8777626881.

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