Automated food packaging with RG6 grippers
≫ Automated food packaging with RG6 grippers
OnRobot collaborative automation robot tools are being used at Plus Pack in Denmark, to assist them in providing innovative packaging solutions for the food industry.
For several generations, Plus Pack has been at the head of the pack among producers of food packaging. The company has continually developed new products that are more or less environmentally friendly, having received several international awards for this work. And not only the green revolution but also the working environment for their more than 200 employees are given high priority by the company.
The working environment in particular is one of the reasons for focusing on automation. It is used particularly where heavy and monotone tasks can be taken from the employees to be done by collaborative robots, says strategic project manager Bastian Fietje: “The work station where we use the gripping arm from OnRobot replaces a packaging process where the operator used to work manually on stacking products on top of each other, pressing out the air between them. The manual process required a lot of repeated heavy lifting and a lot of stress on the shoulders. We have removed this physical strain from the employees” he says.
And certainly, there is no reason to wait before automating the production. At Plus Pack, the implementation of the End-of-Arm tool from OnRobot has been fast and unproblematic, says project manager Simon Laigaard:
“In our opinion, the OnRobot gripping arm is easy to work with. By adjusting four screws, we can change the fingertips on the gripping arm, making it precisely suited for the individual product. If we had opted for building separate tools for each product, the cost would have been significantly higher than with this solution, where the gripping arm is easily adjustable. We ran some tests with the gripping arm in the lab, and the programming was done in a few days. After that, it took just 30 minutes to implement the gripping arm at full speed in the packaging line.” he says.
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