In a five-column series, we will share how manufacturers can optimize their horizontal packaging lines. Our second article provides insight into how robotics can boost productivity for confectionery and bakery manufacturers.
Integrating robotics into packaging lines is an effective solution for minimizing direct costs while rising manufacturing output. The machines can operate 24/7, allowing manufacturers to increase production, which results in a cost-per-unit reduction. As new advances in Delta robot technology further decrease the total cost of ownership (TCO), manufacturers are increasingly automating the feeding of their flow wrappers, as well as the downstream cartoning or case packing of their flow wrapped products.
An application example for primary packaging is incorporating a Delta robot with vacuum cup end effectors for gently picking confectionery or bakery products and placing them into the infeed flight of a horizontal flow wrapper. Toolfree changeable end effectors facilitate quick product changeovers. Compared to traditional belt feeding solutions, robotics offer increased product integrity due to gentler product handling and a higher flexibility with product and pack patterns.
Once the sweets or baked goods have been wrapped, manufacturers can also easily integrate Delta robotics for speedy secondary packaging. This top loading technology provides flexible pack configurations through precise picking and placing of single units into cartons, cases or trays. Moreover, Bosch offers a full consultancy service for its more than 2,000 end effector designs, ensuring that the correct solution is incorporated into a line.
Bosch as a single source solution provider of robotics for primary and secondary packaging is able to equip manufacturers with common components for both production steps, including third-party equipment.
- Click here to read our first part of the HFFS Column: Flexibility Wipes Away Inefficiency
Marc de Vries
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