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20+ new Blu-Robot pick and place solutions with fast ROI

28 January 2013

Multi award winning packing equipment designer and manufacturer Pacepacker Services, has launched a range of second user Blu-Robot pick and place systems for food processors/manufacturers which are typically halve the cost of a new system...

Responding to food processor demands for more economical automation solutions, Pacepacker, the Essex manufacturer of bulk bagging, robotic palletising and pick and place systems, has launched a range of fast ROI second user pick and place Blu-Robots which can handle punnets, ready meals, sacks, cartons and retailer trays.

Winner of six prestigious industry awards in 18 months for their achievements in automation solutions, export and customer service, Pacepacker’s second user economical Blu-Robot pick and place range was recently launched by their local Braintree MP Brooks Newmark who cited, “Pacepacker is a great example of British innovation and technological excellence”. The second user robot arms and 20+ end effectors pick-up and place food containers, crates/trays, netted products, bulk bags and boxes at 30 cycles per minute, handling a wide range of food applications including fruit punnets, pre-packed chilled goods, fresh produce and snacks.

The new range incorporates a second user FANUC robotic arm originating from the automotive industry which is approximately 35% of the way through its expected 100,000 operational hour lifespan, and is typically half the cost of a new robot arm. Pacepacker reprogrammes, services, paints and fits the appropriate end effector to the system ready for its new occupation before installing this system with full servicing, spares and a one year warranty.“I’d defy anyone to identify that we’ve installed a pre-owned robot; it came delivered as new,” said Blu-Robot customer and potato grower/packer Preva Produce Managing Director Ian Anderson.

As noted from BARA, the British Automation and Robot Association Automation, UK robotics uptake has increased significantly in the last 18 months, however low volume packers and seasonal manufacturers find it hard to get an acceptable ROI when buying new equipment. Pacepacker MD Dennis Allison states, “Although it’s widely recognised that automation increases competitiveness and efficiency, there is a growing need for affordable solutions amongst low volume or seasonal packers looking for an acceptable ROI – we recognised that our range of first user robot systems could be cost prohibitive for many processors, so to address this need we created the Blu-Robot pick and place range which is typically half the cost of a new system.”

Why not Try Before You Buy? Pacepacker’s new £50K trials facility enables food processor/packers to complete trials for free on pick and place lines, or use loan equipment in their own factory to complete due diligence testing. To find out more about the new Blu-Robot pick and place range, Pacepacker’s range of bespoke automation solutions and the Try Before You Buy Facility please visit T +44(0) 1371 811544

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