Low profile case packing system recruits a robot
July 7, 2011
JLS Automation has selected the ABB IRB 360 FlexPicker™ robot for its new Osprey case packing system, designed for loading low-profile wrapped or vacuum-packed product into shallow shipping cases. The Osprey is the first case packing system in the industry designed for installation in high sanitation areas of food packaging plants, and, along with an innovative compact footprint, is able to be placed at the discharge point of primary packaging systems. The low-profile case configuration is common for many meat, poultry, seafood, cheese and frozen food products.
The ABB FlexPicker, the industry’s first “second-generation” delta robot with more than 4,500 global installations in the past 13 years, is uniquely suited for the Osprey case packing system. It is designed to enable easy cleaning and reduced maintenance, and is the only delta robot on the market available in washdown, stainless washdown and cleanroom versions with ratings as high as IP69K. It is available in a variety of configurations to meet payload, performance, working range and sanitation requirements. The smaller footprint enables space to be kept to a minimum and allows it to be built into machines and productions lines for many packing applications.
A vision inspection system allows the Osprey to track and handle randomly oriented and spaced products, and a vacuum leak detection system assures 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 Osprey can also be supplied with an integrated case erector and top and bottom case sealer.