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Automating the task of promotional and multi-packing

10 December 2018

In order to streamline previously labour-intensive process for promotional packs for its copacking customers, Hugo Beck, a manufacturer of horizontal flowpack, film packaging and post-print processing machines, is providing increased levels of automated robotic solutions. 

Multi-pack, promotional retail deals are becoming increasingly important for food manufacturers and require individual products to be packaged together in a variety of pack sizes and configurations – a process often carried out by hand – which is labour intensive and time consuming.  

Hugo Beck can automate the process. One customer, for example, needed to present various packing processes on a single display and for ease of use, all robots also needed to be controlled via the main packaging machine control system.

The solution included three servo X film packaging machines with each line having two parallel robots and shrink tunnel. Third-party robotics initially load the product onto the Hugo Beck packing line which visually checks that all biscuit boxes are correctly aligned on the conveyor. Once on the conveyor the two parallel robots pick up the biscuit boxes and group them into the desired configuration, ready to be fed into the film packaging machine. 

The configuration is fully adjustable allowing both different groupings or stacking of products. After the biscuit boxes have been grouped they are then fed automatically into the shrink-wrapper and the multi-packing process is complete. 

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