Automated systems that use robots that pick objects or products as part of a product or package handling operation. Plan to purchase new conveying, feeding and handling equipment? Explore our articles to get tips.
BCA supplies a complete line of robotic pick-and-place systems to handle primary packing tasks in washdown, sanitary environments. BCA’s automated solutions handle applications such as loading rigid trays, clam shells, flow wrappers as well as loading thermoforming packaging machines. BCA’s robotic integration is focused on primary product picking and specialty case packing. Robotic pick-and-place solutions include: vision-guided picking of random products; multiple robots and production lines to do complex tasks and increase throughput; and direct loading on to wrapper lugs, trays or cartons; and automated inspection and rejection tasks.
BellatRx offers feeding and handling equipment including bottle sorting and unscrambling machines that feed packaging lines at a steady rate. Company also offers automatic systems that will pick and place unstable containers from rotary tables, transport belts or trays.
Bradman Lake Group
Product and package handling systems from Bradman-Lake range include manual feeding systems to fully automatic feeders and collators. Bradman-Lake is a major supplier to industries including bakery and biscuit, chocolate and confectionery, dry foods, chilled and frozen foods, pharmaceutical, and consumer and healthcare.
Cavanna Packaging USA
Cavanna Packaging USA specializes in equipment for flow wrapped cookies, biscuits, and snacks, including feeding and pick-and-place systems. The P4 is a robotic pick-and-place system, designed as a compact and fast solution for automatically loading either flow wrapped goods or trays. Robots’ belt track systems allow them to work directly in continuous or intermittent motion at speeds up to 80 cycles/min. Cavanna’s inline Stream belt feeder helps load bars, chocolate bars, extruded food products, snacks, cookies and biscuits with regular or irregular shapes from the processing line and deliver them to the wrapping machines. Handles fragile, dusty and sticky products carefully, conveying them without pressure or contact between individual pieces.
Combi Packaging Systems LLC
Combi Packaging Systems offers a robotic pick-and-place packing feature to fully automate case packing operations that may require verifying lot or serialization numbers, varying pack counts, creating retail ready packages, or automating tasks that are difficult or unsafe for humans. For greater flexibility and greater throughput, an integrated Fanuc robot can be used during times when hand packing is unavailable or impractical.
FANUC America Corporation
FANUC supplies pick-and-pack robots for a variety of applications that require uninterrupted speed, reliability, inspection, sorting, accuracy and dexterity. FANUC's all-new DR-3iB series of delta robots are specifically designed to maximize speed and versatility in picking and packing applications, especially in food handling and washdown environments. Based on the classic parallel-link design, the DR-3iB Series provides increased payload, inertia, and the longest reach of any FANUC delta robot (1600mm). New design features make it easier than ever to program, clean and sanitize, while meeting even the most strict food safety regulations.
G&K Vijuk International (Vijuk Equipment)
Continuous-load folded-leaflet feeders from Vijuk can be installed onto a packaging line to insert leaflets directly into cartons along with the product, even on blister-packaging lines. The feeders may run on the packaging line’s chain or toothed-belt drive on a 1:1 ratio, with the drive on either the left or right side of the feeder. Delivery of the leaflets may be to the left or right in order to interact with the packaging line. Several models are available with optional accessories to suit customer requirements, including one that will turn leaflets 90º if necessary for proper orientation. Production speed is up to 400 leaflets/min., depending on the size and type of leaflet. Depending on model, feeders will accommodate leaflet sizes from 1-1/8” x 1-1/8” to 12-1/8” x 4-1/8”, and thicknesses from 1 mm to 8 mm.
Graphic Packaging International
Graphic Packaging’s pick-and-place machines are available in multiple construction grades to suit the production environment. Quick-change magazines and vacuum stem tooling provide reliable product changeovers. Reciprocating placers achieve speeds of up to 90 ppm per lane while rotary placers reach rates of up to to 450 ppm. Intermittent or continuous motion application solutions are available. Optional stacked lanes or powered magazines can increase output. Typical products handled include literature, neck tags, magnets, trays, pouches and most other stackable items.
Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC
Packaging infeeds and outfeeds are designed to manage sorting, orientating, allocating, positioning and inserting products in a quick and safe manner without damaging the product. Harpak-ULMA Packaging LLC designs automatic feeding systems that can be integrated into lines for applications such as accumulation and controlling infeed and outfeed of wrapped products. Line can be complemented with the ULMA D12H robot for loading and side cartoner system.
Featuring hygienic IP69K pick-and-place robots, JLS Automation’s Talon® primary loading systems loads thermoformed packs, flow wrapped products, vacuum skin packs, MAP and foam trays and more. System handles food applications in a wide variety of markets, ranging from meat, poultry and cheese to bakery, fruits and vegetables and prepared foods.
The KR725 bag feeder from Kirk-Rudy is designed to feed difficult large flat bags one at a time from a stack onto a vacuum conveyor for printing and/or labeling. The pick-and-place suction cup mechanism removes the top bag off a stack and feeds it onto the conveyor. The automatic stack loader allows the operator to load a stack of bags while the previously loaded stack is already being fed into the unit, providing continuous feeding.
Morrison Container Handling Solutions
Morrison Container Handling Solutions offers customized container handling solutions and timing screw technology used for a wide range of applications across many industries. Morrison has developed timing screw drive units, change parts, and timing screws that maximize efficiency, productivity, and ensure quality outcomes for feeding and inserting applications on packaging lines. Designed for maximum flexibility, drive units can be specially designed for a new application or to replace existing drives. With Morrison’s metering, indexing, orienting, unscrambling, and counting solutions, the machine operator has complete control. Systems positively control the container to position it in the orientation, pattern, or lane needed. Recent examples of customized solutions include orienting systems for handled jugs, a rotary orienting system using feed screws, starts and guides for nutraceutical bottles, adaptive orienting systems employing timing screws for one-gallon tea jugs, orienting systems for aerosol cans and syringes and more.
Paxiom Group manufactures feeding and inserting equipment to help feed product to the next packaging step. Product line ranges from automatic unscrambling machines and rotary tables to bulk feed hoppers and conveyors, vibratory pans, and robotic loaders for flow wrappers.
Quest Industrial, LLC
Quest is a supplier of pick-and-place systems for inserting products into packages, cartons and cases, including robotic pick-and-place solutions for direct food handling such as the Quest QP100 family of systems. These versatile picking systems can load, orientate, stack and group products into a wide variety of primary packaging machines such as thermoformers, flow wrappers, and vacuum sealers. The QP100 robotic picking system can be designed to grip hard-to-handle products, such as poultry, meats and cheese, as well as virtually any other product shape. Quest Quik Pick QP200 is a robotic top load pick-and-place solution optimized for loading flexible packaging products in cartons and cases.
Remtec Automation, LLC
Remtec’s picking robot systems utilize high-speed parallel-link robots (“spider robots”), along with robot vision and high-speed line tracking to handle random oriented product feeding. Pick-and-place loading into cartons, pouches, and thermoforms at speeds to 240 ppm.
RIOS Intelligent Machines
ASTRIA is a robotic system designed for material handling at line speeds. With its AI-powered vision system, ASTRIA can learn new objects in minutes and compute grasp points for pick-and-place and other applications within minutes. Its dedicated end-of-arm tooling enables precision manipulation of objects at high speeds down to the millimeter scale.
Ronchi America LLC
RONCHI bottle feeding, orienting and puck handling systems are used in applications for cosmetic, personal care, household, pharmaceutical products and food industries.
Schubert North America LLC
Schubert’s robotic pick-and-place systems pack naked or pre-packed products of various consistencies into packaging materials. Picker lines are designed to easily switch from applications, i.e., from picking jobs using destacked plastic trays to ones using erected cardboard trays. Available in Scara or Delta designs, pick-and-place systems feature the Schubert Vision System and use the counterflow principle to guarantee product quality and completely filled trays. Scalable, custom solutions depending on the client’s needs are possible; Schubert’s largest pick-and-place machine to date comprises 48 F4 robots.
Soft Robotics' mGripAI™ is an easy-to-integrate automation solution combining 3D vision, soft grasping, and artificial intelligence (AI) software that together solve the largest food and consumer goods production challenges facing the world today. This unprecedented combination of robotic “hands,” “eyes” and “brains” enables the high-speed automation of bulk picking processes (e.g. bin picking).
Syntegon is an integrated robotics specialist. The new RPP (robotic pick-and-place) platform is engineered for automated applications of product handling, feeding and loading for primary and secondary packaging processes. Featuring modular scalability within a compact footprint, the RPP’s platform is designed to fulfill end users' needs in terms of performance and flexibility.
TDI Packsys offers a range of 3- and 4-axis robots to bring further automation to the pack-out process. With full integration and automation, robotic packing systems can handle product conveying, indexing, auto case erection, packing, case closing and robotic palletizing; lowering your costs and maximizing efficiency. Robotic packing systems from TDI Packsys can be used in a variety of applications and for nearly every aspect of the pack-out process. Robots place cartons or stand-up pouches upright in the shipping case/display and pack flat pouches or overwrapped products in cartons, cases or displays.
WeighPack Systems Inc. / Paxiom
WeighPack manufactures feeding and inserting equipment to help feed product to the next packaging step. Product line ranges from automatic unscrambling machines and rotary tables to bulk feed hoppers and conveyors, vibratory pans, and robotic loaders for flow wrappers.
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