With agricultural food packers facing higher demand from retailers to pack produce in numerous sizes and formats, Pacepacker Services is unveiling TWO versatile, future-proofed robotic systems at LAMMA 2017 in January.
For highly efficient palletising, the FANUC M410iC robot has the payload and multitasking ability to stack anything, ranging from 25kg potato sacks, to tubs of animal feed and bales of pet bedding. For increased flexibility, this high-speed robot can be fitted with different end effectors to suit any task. What’s more, the robot can be easily moved to other production areas to suit business demands, boosting an agricultural packer’s investment even further.
Also on show at LAMMA 2017 for the first time is the FANUC M10 pick and place robotic arm. With a payload of 12kg and capable of picking and packing up to 80 items per minute, the arm can be fitted with any end effector to suit the application. There are more than 80 to choose from, including mechanical grippers for gently cradling fresh poly bags of produce, or delicately transferring potatoes and freshly harvested root vegetables into bulk display units, to suction cups for loading tubs and pots into retail ready trays.
Catering to the seasonal demands of the agricultural industry, both systems are designed to offer complete flexibility, durability and reliability. Pacepacker’s Commercial & Information Systems Manager, Paul Wilkinson, explains: “For contract agricultural packers that serve a wide customer base and have to accommodate peak demands, case loading and palletising robots need to be able to react swiftly to varied products and packaging sizes.
“Eliminating tedious and labour intensive tasks, these two robots can handle multiple products simultaneously, pick up different types of packaging, and can even place down the pallets and add layer or slip sheets, without requiring additional peripheral equipment.”
Pacepacker will also be showcasing its upgraded FastPac Sack Placer and Total Bag Control system at Lamma 2017. Visit Stand 3A118 to discover how today’s robots can cater to tomorrow’s packing contracts, with a surprisingly quick return on investment, or go to www.pacepacker.com for more information.