Elettric 80, a leading supplier of end-of-line robotic solutions, has developed a new Dragon robot for beverage palletizing applications. The new robot can swap between handling varied sizes and types of canisters, bottles and boxes, without making any mechanical modifications.
The innovative layout of the robot facilitates faster and easier cleaning and maintenance in contrast to conventional palletizers. Minimum footprint and high precision are significant features of the robot.
Thomas R. Cutler, a renowned journalist, has published an article titled, ‘End of Line Automation Drives Food Safety and Quality’, in the current International Food Safety and Quality Network (IFSQN) issue. He has stated that the end-of-line automation and material dealing in the food segment demands the utilization of several palletizing robots, stretch wrappers, labeling equipment, pallet control devices and laser-guided automatic vehicles (LGVs). Software used in these systems should include features of automation for planning, course-plotting, supervising and envisaging the entire end-of-line procedure. The food segment’s significant aspects like cleanliness, security and information tracing are major factors of the technology system plans for food safety and hygiene.
Robotic requirements for the food and beverage segment are adaptability on pallet patters because of robot preparation, product swapping without mechanical modifications, small footprint relative to ability, adaptability and ease of access, accurate positioning of the product on the pallet, minimum maintenance, sophisticated technology enabling remote investigation, software upgrades and problem solving.
Enrico Grassi, President of Elettric 80, has stated that palletizing robots, stretch wrapping systems, labeling equipment, product tracing software and LGVs have never been utilized in tandem ever before. He mentioned that their automation solution was developed on the basis of a simple concept. Robotic palletizers deal with products at the end of the manufacture line and the pallets are transferred to stretch wrapping and labeling systems by LGVs. He added that their automation technologies are highly flexible and they can be used in any plant design.