none

PACKAGING ROBOTS GIVE SME MANUFACTURERS A HELPING HAND

26-08-2014
by 
in 

 

An increasing number of Australian manufacturing companies are investing in compact, lightweight industrial robots to improve the packaging and palletizing process.

Robotic technology reduces the risk of breakages while being able to pack products faster than manual labour is capable of.

Because they can handle even the most fragile and delicate items, businesses can begin reaping significant benefits by automating the packaging process through the introduction of robots.

Robots not only help to speed up the packaging process, they free up staff from back breaking repetitive movements.

Also, they are able to perform multiple tasks and most importantly can result in a short payback period on investment.

There are many examples of small industrial robots being used in the packaging process. One example is Johnson & Johnson’s operations in Greece, which use robots by Universal Robots to optimise the packaging process of shampoos and skincare products, picking up three bottles simultaneously from the production line every 2.5 sec, orientating them, and placing them in the packing machine.

The robot is capable of handling 70 bottles per minute, while manual labour was previously capable of handling 40 bottles per minute.

Repetitive tasks can be quite physically draining when performed by hand, and are also associated with boredom – a major factor in low productivity output.

By implementing robots to perform monotonous tasks, staff are freed up and assigned to more stimulating activities enabling them to provide greater value elsewhere in the business. 

These employees can learn to program and operate the robots, simply through a teach pendant which enables programming to be done through a drag and drop routine, functioning that is quite similar to an iPad. Because of this function, robots can quickly be transitioned from one task to another.

The flexibility of smaller robots meets most of the requirements of industrial enterprises and production companies, providing smaller packaging plants with functionality to rival its larger competitors. 

But unlike those that have deployed traditional robots, the total initial cost of ownership is quite low. This is due to the ease of programming, integration and after sales maintenance, which provide a significant reduction in costs.

In some cases manufacturers can expect to save about 30-40 per cent when integrating a lightweight, compact robot compared with traditional industrial robots in the market.

The average payback period for a robot is six months, meaning SME’s can quickly recover their initial investment in automation, which will rapidly improve the packaging process. 

Related news & editorials

  1. 15.02.2019
    15.02.2019
    by      In
    ICP Electronics is proud to present iEi Integration’s TANK AIoT developer kit with 6th/7th Gen Intel Core/Xeon processor, Intel Q170/C236 chipset and DDR4 memory.
    The kit provides operational and information technologists with everything they need for out-of-the-box setup and use: an Intel core for... Read More
  2. 15.02.2019
    15.02.2019
    by      In
    The Rohde & Schwartz R&S NGL200 series of power supplies is available from Australian distributor element14. Its combination of high accuracy, fast load recovery time and ease of use makes it ideally suited for challenging applications such as handling load changes in mobile phones and IoT... Read More
  3. 15.02.2019
    15.02.2019
    by      In
    A new addition to one of the world’s leading ranges of tough but light, high-flow plastic liners is being introduced to Australia by Cut To Size Plastics for uses such as mining, bulk handling, automation, and road, rail and port loading facilities.
    The low-friction Wefapress Flex Line ultra-high... Read More
  4. 15.02.2019
    15.02.2019
    by      In
    Hydraulink has developed a new compact and highly flexible multipurpose high-temperature machinery hose to simplify servicing and enhance safety in maintaining fleet vehicles and machinery.
    The Fahrenheit H2CXT two-braid hose can convey, in a single hose type, multiple liquids and gases, including... Read More