New transfer system from MULTIPOND solves a tricky packaging problem.
March 21, 2017
by Canadian Packaging staff
The packaging of long-shaped products such as pretzels or dowels continues to present challenges. The weighing of these types of products is one thing, but to place the portions aligned straight in the packaging through a fully-automated process is another. To achieve this, MULTIPOND has developed a breakthrough solution: A new transfer system with integrated robot technology.
This is the world’s first transfer system with integrated robot technology combined with a multihead weigher. The integrated 6-axis articulated arm robot, a fully-programmable arm that moves in all directions, uses its four-point tool to pick-up two lots of two portions from the multihead weigher at the same time and pack them neatly in the trays provided.
This used to require a highly-complex mechanism or even manual intervention. A huge benefit of the MULTIPOND transfer system is its flexibility, as each of its numerous motion sequences is freely programmable. Another benefit is the entire transfer system control is integrated into the weigher control at operator level. In addition, compressed air is not required.
The transfer system achieves an output of up to 60 packings per minute, an absolute record for this type of product.
Ideal for use in the food industry
The robot integrated into the system conforms to protection class IP67. All materials used are food-grade quality and very easy to clean. The system, equipped with the appropriate device, is self-cleaning and is very low maintenance thanks to the simple construction.
A 3D camera integrated into the transfer system sends information about the position of the tray sealer to the software, which in turn initiates the required reactions. For example, if the camera detects that a tray has been positioned incorrectly, or is not there at all, the four-point tool will not be filled at this position.
The first of its kind
The new transfer system for long-shaped products is MULTIPOND’s first step into robot technology, and the company’s way of responding to market requirements. Previously, highly-complex mechanical solutions were used. During the development, MULTIPOND benefited from its decades of experience in the construction of transfer systems. This system with integrated robot technology is certainly setting a technological milestone.
MULTIPOND is an owner-managed German company. For 70 years, the company name has stood for the highest quality standards in the industrial weighing technology sector. Precision, reliability and customer orientation are anchored as maxims in the company philosophy and form the basis for innovative strength and technical perfection. The weighing systems, which are setting new standards in many sectors, are produced exclusively in Germany. In addition to its headquarters in Waldkraiburg, Germany, MULTIPOND operates subsidiaries in France, the Netherlands, U.K. and the U.S. A team of more than 250 employees pursues one aim worldwide: to provide optimum solutions for the needs and demands of customers from the food and non-food sectors. Company information available at www.multipond.de.
Visit the MULTIPOND exhibit at interpack 2017 May 4-10 n Düsseldorf at Hall 15, Stand A03.