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Call ABI Automation today to have our engineering team look at your application and develop a plan to help you improve your food handling effectiveness with a unique ABI Automation solution.In the past, investment criteria for robotic picking, packing and palletizing tended to focus on labour reduction, but other factors are now growing in importance. The introduction of high-speed wash-down robots with integrated vision systems has led to the development of picking and packing robotic systems that are both easy to use and hygienic. This dispels the idea that robots may be inappropriate for food or pharmaceutical applications where hygienic wash down is required, and there is no longer any reason to dismiss the advantages of such automation.Read More
Identifying opportunities for exploiting robotics in packaging and handling operations requires a fundamental reassessment of manufacturing strategy. As their tangible benefits become ever more apparent, it is widely expected that robotic solutions will be adopted at an increasingly higher rate in industries such as food and pharmaceuticals. The hygienic design of robots not only improves food quality and safety, but can also extend the life of machinery and equipment whilst reducing labour and maintenance costs.
One of the prime concerns of the food industry is the risk of contamination of a microbiological or chemical nature, or resulting from foreign bodies. The same can be said of the pharmaceutical industry, not just during production but also in the handling of tamper-proof packaging. Here, the costs associated with product recalls and loss of consumer confidence are potentially crippling. There are several aspects to hygienically-designed production lines that engineers should take into consideration, but one of the fundamental principles is that machinery must be easy to clean.
As with any machinery application, end users need to be able to justify the capital investment. The most obvious benefits associated with the installation of robots derive from labour savings, reduced sickness benefits, the overcoming of potential and existing labour shortages, better product quality, reduced risk of injury or strain and improved working conditions. Less obvious are the secondary savings that result from a reduction in personnel, such as the freeing-up of floor space and the need for fewer facilities. In many cases a work area reduction alone offers real savings in terms of real estate costs.
Food Processing Inspection and Rejection Systems
Call ABI Automation today to have our engineering team look at your application and develop a plan to help you improve your effectiveness in food inspection and rejection and utilize other vision system products that are offered by ABI Automation.
Working closely with our partners in vision, ABI Automation can develop high speed camera inspection systems that signal automatically when product falls outside acceptable parameters. The system can be tied into a made-to-order ABI robotic or other rejecting mechanism to improve quality control measures in all phases of the production process. Read More
Perhaps your application is unique, such as the ABI Automation-developed Cognex-based vision system that is designed to analyse the colour of baked product in the bakery environment. Other solutions devised by ABI Automation include:
An application to verify that chocolate bars have been ejected from moulds
A checker to isolate defects in hotdog buns
Tortilla inspection equipment
Cracker defect detection
Vision system for cracker shade comparison
Broken and cracked cookie detection
Call ABI Automation today to have our engineering team look at your application and develop a plan to help you improve your effectiveness in tray loading with a unique made-to-order solution.
ABI - Picking a winner and packing a punch!
The demand for industrial automation solutions is massive, but nowhere is the demand greater than in the packaging industry. Traditionally, the picking and packing process has been labour-intensive. Often, a range of assorted products are packed at high speed into boxes, trays or blisters, and the high pace of the process using manual labour can result in production bottlenecks affecting throughput. Employee health problems can also arise as a result of the highly repetitive nature of the work. Read More
Automation is an attractive option, and picking and packing robotic solutions represent one of the fastest growing markets in the automation industry. ABI Automation has an installed base of operating delta robots, specifically designed for this type of application, making it a leader in picking and packing technology. The newly-developed second generation FlexPickerTM will ensure that ABI Automation remains at the forefront of the packaging industry, helping customers to improve productivity and reduce overheads.
For decades, the packaging industry has used manual labour for picking and packing products into boxes, trays and blisters. A typical application is packing mixed chocolate pralines into blisters, a repetitive task that is performed at very high speed. This type of work is tedious and generally poorly paid, which makes it increasingly difficult to find and retain labour. Additionally, growing concerns about food safety have encouraged the industry to seek alternative ways to pick and pack food, so that human contact is minimized.
For these reasons, the industry has shown a great deal of interest in automation. In the late 1990s, robots were generally designed in a serial manner. One part of the robot was attached to another in a sequential fashion and each part carried the weight of its own motor. This resulted in robots with heavy arms and slow product handling speeds, unable to compete with labourers capable of accomplishing 60 to 100 cycles a minute. Read More
10 Good Reasons to Invest in Robots
- Reduce operating costs
- Improve product quality and consistency
- Improve quality of work for employees
- Increase production output rate
- Increase product manufacturing flexibility
- Reduce material waste and increase yield
- Comply with safety rules and improve workplace health and safety
- Reduce labour turnover and difficulty of recruiting workers
- Reduce capital costs
- Save space in high value manufacturing areas
Call ABI Automation today to have our engineering team look at your application and develop a plan to help you improve your effectiveness in case loading with a unique made-to-order solution.
Fundamental to the overall performance of the delta robot chosen for ABI Automation applications is its advanced motion control. Building a delta design robot that incorporates a high-torque motor to move it very quickly is an easy proposition. The challenge, however, lies in making it both fast and accurate, whilst ensuring a long and problem-free lifespan, since it is not possible to compensate for poor motion control with a “stronger” mechanical design. The extra weight would slow the robot’s movement. Read More
The advanced motion control of the ABI Automation delta robot allows for rapid, smooth, precise and reproducible movement. However, a high-speed picking robot can typically be expected to make 130 pick-and-place operations a minute. For a production line employing eight robots, this equates to over one million cycles in a day, and over 200 million cycles per year. Even with a low failure rate of one in a million, the probability of a malfunction becomes a daily event. Such a failure rate is unacceptable, and it can only be reduced by making the robots extremely robust.
Universal joints, theta axes and screw fixings are critical elements requiring full optimization. Our components have been made stronger so that they last longer and require less maintenance. Improved design features, such as enlarged screw dimensions and guiding sections, ensure that the replacement of parts can be carried out easily and correctly, even by relatively unskilled technicians.
One example of a design adaptation to improve ease of use is the relocation of the brake release button from its relatively inaccessible placement in the centre to the outside, making it easier for the operator to reach it when working with the robot. Another improvement is the elimination of re-lubrication following cleaning, through the use of low-friction plastic bearing.
Call ABI Automation today to have our engineering team look at your application and develop a plan to help you improve your effectiveness in palletizing with a unique made-to-order solution.
ABI Automation is taking palletizing to new heights with the implementation of state-of-the-art 4-axis robots. Customers can now be supplied with a speedy machine that combines a 3.15 meter reach with a 250 kg payload, making it ideal for palletizing bags, boxes, crates, bottles and more. As a result of such innovation in design and engineering, ABI Automation is set to reinforce its position as a global supplier of complete robot-based packaging line automation solutions. Read More
Reliable -- High production up time.
Optimized motor power and motion performance ensure significantly shorter cycle times than competing products.
Fast -- Short cycle times.
Standard packaging software minimizes programming time.
Accurate -- Consistent parts quality.
Outstanding position repeatability (± 0.03mm) and excellent path accuracy.
High speed version capable of handling 180kg at full speed; 250kg version for high through-put with 3.15m reach.
Robust -- Handles the harsh production environment.
Rugged design and IP67 dust and water tightness make for steady performance in even the toughest of environments.
Versatile -- Flexible integration and production.
Impressive reach enables servicing of up to four in-feed conveyors, two pallet stacks, one slip-sheet stack and four palletizing out-feeding lines.
The IRB 660 has the versatility, reach and handling capacity to meet the demands of virtually any palletizing application.