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I’Anson Bros Includes Robotic Bagging and Palletizing Equipment

I’Anson Bros has included three Pacepacker bagging and robotic palletizing systems for reducing sack wastage. It was reported that the installation has enabled the company to reduce packing personnel by 40% and to manufacture 2 million sacks of animal feed every year.

The output of the company’s North Yorkshire automated production facility is around 50,000 tonnes of Micronized ingredients and farm feeds.

Chris I’Anson, Chairman and Owner of Fourth Family Generation, has stated that their product portfolio comprises four sizes of bags, weighing in the range between 15 and 25 kg and are supplied to 25 nations. He mentioned that they had realized the significance of reliable, high-end packing for their clients and they opted for Pacepacker to offer advanced bag handling and palletizing solutions. He added that the robotic system offers consistent performance in bag stitching, label positioning and finally piling the sack on the pallet.

Pacepacker Robotic Bagging and Palletizing Equipment

Pacepacker offers Total Bag Control System for accomplishing perfect sealing of the bag each time. As the spot clamp releases the bag, the motor-driven grip arms of the equipment move on all sides of the bags. The arms use its two fingers to reform and elongate the bag’s gussets and then seal and hold the bag in its finished state. The robotic arms move towards the sealer and shift the sack into a feeder featuring two belts. This enables easy handling of unsteady products and fragile bags since only the top portion of the bag is held before sealing it.

The Total Bag Control System is so efficient that it does not require operator intervention. I’Anson facility has included a 4-axis FANUC M-410iB series robot offering payloads in the range between 140 and 700 kg and R-2000iB series robot with payloads ranging between 100 and 250kg.

Dennis Alison, Managing Director of Pacepacker, has stated that as a strategic partner of FANUC, their company offers unparallel robotic solutions. He mentioned that their latest robotic palletizing solutions offer competent sack piling on a pallet to 0.1mm and the operator interference has been significantly decreased by 90%. He added that the robots feature few moving parts, reduces the possibility of errors and system failures.

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