Picking and Placing Cookies At Voortman

Jan 19, 2015

Switching your production line to automation will help improve the flexibility, versatility, and productivity for manufacturing. This was seen in Voortman Cookies as they integrated an automated system to help improve their speeds and productivity. The food industry is a great place to upgrade your system to a robot in order to keep the consistency and productivity up.

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In the food indus­try, prod­ucts can change in the blink of an eye. For­tu­nate­ly, sev­er­al food pro­cess­ing plants have made the switch to robot­ic pick and place sys­tems to help auto­mate their lines and improve their over­all production.

One of these plants, Voort­man Cook­ies, has added sev­er­al new automa­tions to their plant recent­ly, accord­ing to an August 2013 issue of Pack­ag­ing Digest. One of those pur­chas­es was a top load­ing, three-robot pick-and-place car­toon­ing sys­tem to rein­vig­o­rate” their cook­ie pro­duc­tion plant locat­ed in Canada.

Voort­man Cook­ies has been around for decades, and they are known for their sev­en lines of cook­ies and three lines of wafers, the arti­cle stat­ed. With this new sys­tem in place, the cook­ie mak­er has pick and place automa­tion that is ver­sa­tile enough to bend and flex with any cook­ie changes Voort­man can throw at it.

How­ev­er, this isn’t Voortman’s first go around with automa­tion for their com­pa­ny. They also have a spi­der” type robot that was installed in 2005 that has pack­aged 18 dif­fer­ent cook­ie vari­eties in eight years, and a Demau­rex sys­tem that has been work­ing for 16 years, per­form­ing the pick­ing and plac­ing of baked cook­ies from anoth­er line.

As com­pa­nies add pick and place robot­ics to their pro­duc­tion lines, they start to see the advan­tages that these pick and place­ment sys­tems can have for their facility’s pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Not only does a pick and place robot speed up pro­duc­tion, but it will also pick up and place the prod­uct del­i­cate­ly, with­out dam­ag­ing it the way a human hand could. With exact pres­sures and sen­sors, pick and place robot­ics pick up items with the same amount of force every time.

Also, by automat­ing with pick-and-place robot­ics, com­pa­nies are able to move their human work­ers to less tedious, more ful­fill­ing posi­tions with­in the com­pa­ny, some­times even teach­ing them how to man the robot­ic systems.

Voort­man, along with sev­er­al oth­er food indus­try man­u­fac­tur­ers, believe that automa­tion is key to con­tin­u­ing to improve their prod­ucts. They may con­tin­ue to add automa­tion for years to come.

Robots​.com, an inte­gra­tor of Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and KUKA robot­ics, has sev­er­al pick and place mod­els avail­able in our Mar­i­on, Ohio facility. 

These mod­els are able to be pur­chased, as well as cus­tomized in a workcell. 

Cus­tomers have access to our high­ly-skilled staff that can help them through design­ing the per­fect pick-and-place sys­tem for their facility.

For more infor­ma­tion about automat­ing your pick and place appli­ca­tion with Robots​.com, con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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