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Tray loader robot launched to meet retail demand

05 February 2016

A robot that can pick up a pot from one cardboard tray and move it to another has been launched.

The pot swap system is a combination of FANUC’s LR Mate200iD robot with Pacepacker’s new Mixed Tray Loader (MTL) technology.

“The trend towards pallets of mixed products, driven by retailers requiring smaller, more frequent deliveries, is now being extended to case level,” said John Rainer, Regional Sales Manager from FANUC UK.

“Mixed trays or cases allow supermarkets to offer a broader choice of product sizes, flavours and variants and to keep their shelves replenished without having to hold a lot of stock. 

He added: “If producers want to swap pots between three, four, or five different trays, a larger working envelope will be needed, and that is only viable with a robot. 

“A robot is also more future-proof as it offers far greater programming flexibility and movement control than a Cartesian arrangement. Say a producer wants to introduce a new pot design or has a range of tray or pot sizes, our LR Mate200iD robot will easily accommodate this.”

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