Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 14 2017 - Page 18

Palletising robots flex their muscles The firm said the FANUC M410 series, multiple lines simultaneously and typically recommend integrating which is designed specifically for stack up to three pallets up to 2.4 a four-axis robot for palletising palletising tasks, has the payload and metres high. Because of the choice operations. multitasking capability of stacking of end-effectors available, we can anything from 25kg potato sacks to select a multifunctional tooling tubs of animal feed and bales of pet that automatically adjusts to all bedding. of the functions it has to perform: Paul Wilkinson, Pacepacker’s commercial and information systems manager said, “We are increasingly picking pallets and slip sheets before palletising commences, as well as bags and boxes.” designing palletising cells with Palletising payloads within the M410 three to four in-feed conveyor lines, range from 140kg to 700kg, and often carrying different product the robots are said to be capable of sizes, packaging types and weights. completing 1,700 cycles per hour. Thanks to the maximum 3.1m reach of the M410, one robot can pick up different pack formats from 18 FDPP - “Given that a large volume of packers today serve a wide customer base and have to accommodate peak demands, palletising robots need to be able to react swiftly to varied products and packaging sizes,” Paul added. Fanuc FANUC is the global leader in factory automation, providing high-tech products and Pacepacker said that in order to provide stability and strength, they specialised services.