By Andy Choi
JLS Automation has decided to install the IRB 360 FlexiPicker robot on its Osprey case packing system.
The Osprey system is used for loading low profile vacuum packed or wrapped packed products onto shallow shipping cases. The Osprey is the first case packing system that provides high levels of sanitation at food packaging plants such as meat, seafood, poultry, cheese and frozen foods. The system is very compact in its size and hence can be conveniently placed at the discharge points of the packaging units.
The FlexiPicker from ABB, has earned the distinction of being the first ‘second generation’ delta robot, which boasts of more than 4,500 installations worldwide in the past 13 years. It occupies minimum space, requires simple maintenance procedures and can be cleaned easily by washing. The stainless washdown and cleanroom versions of the robot come with a rating as high as IP69K. The configuration of the FlexiPicker can be decided based on the payload, sanitation and working range requirements.
A vision inspection system allows the Osprey to track and handle randomly oriented and spaced products, and a vacuum leak detection system ensures that only completely sealed packages are cased. Depending on the variables of individual primary packaging lines the Osprey can achieve throughput rates of 85 to 120 packages per minute. The system if required can be delivered with an in-built case erector and top and bottom case sealer and has a modular form, which facilitates faster delivery when compared to other packaging systems.