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High-speed robot packaging solution for fresh produce

16 January 2023

Brillopak has launched its new TrayPAKer –a high-speed robot-based packaging solution for fresh produce that also offers multi-material handling capabilities, making it ready for any material trend – now and in the future.

The new TrayPAKer has been designed to help companies keep pace with fast-changing packaging demands. Its flexibility, speed and throughput are said to deliver higher performance than the increasingly scarce manual labour it is designed to replace.

Its modular design and small footprint makes it adaptable to even the most restrictive real-estate, and it can adapt and transition from plastic to cardboard punnet packaging.

The 150 punnets-per-minute machine combines robotics and vision systems with servo-driven end effectors and then deploys them in a pick-and-place operation designed to addresses many of the challenges companies face when automating this traditionally manual process.

In operation a dedicated accumulation conveyor manages the build-up of punnets before feeding them into the pick-up area. In the pick-up area one delta robot picks and places the packs onto conveyor in a layer pattern, which is then indexed, oriented and gently compressed to the dimensions of the crate or container. A second delta robot with a different end effector then picks up the whole layer and lowers into the crate or container.

This whole-layer approach addresses misalignment issues created by single-punnet pick and place and delivers a neater shelf-ready appearance. Different packaging materials can be handled on the same machine using tailored pre-programmed packaging recipes in combination with package-specific end effectors. In this way, packs with new, environmentally sound packaging, which can be a tight fit in a container, can still be handled consistently.

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