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Combine Traditional Case Packer Frame with Robotic Loading
This system marries a traditional case packing frame with 4 Fanuc Robotic Arms to load a wrap around case. The product and case move in a continuous fashion.
The product is in pucks and conveys in a single lane to the Brenton infeed at a maximum rate of 320 pucks per minute. The pucks never stop in normal operation to allow for a smoother operation.
There are four robotic heads located inside the machine frame for picking products from the pucks and placing them into the awaiting cases. Each of the Fanuc M-20 robots attend a fixed area of the puck and case conveyors.
Each robot controls the expansion of a specified product tool that is unique to the product type. The EOAT (end-of-arm-tool) adjusts to pick bottled product from a pre-positioned matrix of pucks, (2x3 orientation or 2x2 orientation), then collapses the EOAT to form the smaller matrix size necessary for insertion of the product into pre-positioned cases.
The robots use individual “line tracking” control to accurately follow the motion of the pucks and the opened trays/cases during loading. This ensures the bottles are accurately positioned in the trays/cases and allows the tray/case transport to be continuous motion.
The combined loading processes of the four robots provides a product throughput of up to 320 bottles per minute and a packed case rate of up to 80 cases per minute.
Each robot is equipped with a coupling device (EOAT changer) that is software controlled and allows the robot to automatically switch to an alternate EOAT when a command signal is issued. This allows the automatic changeover process to be initiated by a signal from the case packer PLC. Each robot utilizes FANUC’s Collision Guard option for collision detection rather than mechanical clutch mechanism.
Pick assignment is done by FANUC Pick Pro Software. This option allows a single robot or multiple robots to be taken out of service while allowing the remaining robots to run at a reduced throughput.