The German company said its Multi Robot H 240 handling module, launched to the global market at last month’s Interpack trade show, is equipped with two versatile HR 460 type 4-axis robots that have the capability to “grasp products from any position and set them down in an oriented manner”.
The system taps into the trends for saving space and integration into automated packaging lines, sid Multivac.
The system can reach up to 240 pick and place cycles per minute – with each 4-axis robot operating at 120 picks, a Multivac spokeswoman told FoodProductionDaily.com, adding that cycle rates generally depend on the loading weight and the moving distance.
The company claims that in spite of its high performance the system “is particularly compact and space-saving”.
“In order to reach the same throughput and performance, in the past two separate handling modules were needed,” said the spokeswoman. “Now you need only one module with two robots and save up to 0.5 m in length.”
In production lines packaging line is a crucial factor, she said.
Its modular construction and easy-to-change gripper system make the equipment for a wide range of applications with variable products, formats, cycle times and handling weights, said Multivac.
The H 240 can be used for product placement in packs, case loading and other secondary packaging, orientation and repositioning, explained the spokeswoman. It can also handle unpacked food or complete packages with different sizes and weight.
She added: “The variability comes due to a broad range of gripping systems we can offer depending on the determined product.”
As well as serving to load and unload packaging machines, it also supports in separating and positioning products after the packaging procedure, in getting rid of reject packs or in loading the outer packaging and boxes, said the firm.
The H 240 handling system can create almost any pack model to make optimal use of secondary packaging - including the automated insertion of layers and dividers, said Multivac.
This ensures that packs can be repositioned to make optimal use of the box volume. It can be adjust to deal with packs up to 1,000g.
The system can also be integrated into fully automated packing lines. It can be controlled via the packaging machine terminal or equipped with its own machine control, if desired.
Its stainless steel construction means wet cleaning can be used for the entire unit and the open frame profile is easily accessible and without undercuts or inside corners, said the company.