A new palletiser from Australian equipment provider Foodmach is said to combine robot versatility with the high speed of inline systems, to produce one of the fastest systems on the market.
Called Robomatrix, it is based on Foodmach's existing range of high level palletisers. However a robotic pattern forming section replaces the multiplicity of devices, change parts and adjustments required to form varied patterns in conventional palletising techniques. The company says that the robotics have then been specially adapted to approach the high speed performance of conventional palletisers.
With robot 'smarts', product changeovers are said to be virtually instantaneous and new patterns can be programmed at mouse-point, using intuitive graphic software. The system is aimed at the production of cartons or shrink wrapped trays, as packs are precisely and gently assembled on the pattern forming belt, prior to layer stripping. It is also said to accept a wide range of dimensions and weights.
Foodmach designs, manufacture and supplies packaging machines and systems with an emphasis on the food and beverage industries. Its major clients include ACI, Fosters, Lion Nathan, Orlando Wyndham, SPC Ardmona, Amcor, Simplot, Nestle, Bonlac and Coca-Cola.