Tray loading line to be unveiled to UK market

Flexible robotic packing and palletising systems supplier Brillopak will introduce its new confectionery tray loading line, Meteor, to the UK market later this year.

Due to be unveiled at PPMA, which takes place in Birmingham from 26-28 September, Meteor is the first food packing end of line system in the UK to integrate Omron’s new four-arm Delta robot, Quattro. The Meteor system picks and places individual packs at a top speed of 150ppm. In addition, Quattro is able to reach 30% further than similar sized robots and tilt the load, making it more flexible and suitable for placing packs in tight spaces, such as retail trays.

Brillopak director David Jahn explains how they were approached by a UK produce retailer wanting to eliminate packing interruptions: “Lines that handle produce are usually highly automated. As they continue to become faster and more efficient the higher throughput places a strain on the end of line packing function. Traditionally, this process is achieved by accumulating the packs and picking and placing products into crates in layers, but if one tray is dropped or falls off the line, the interruption can cause severe periods of downtime and waste.”

“Speed and dexterity is critical if our British retailers and packers are to automate their end of line packing processes. Flawless loading with minimal line interruptions can only be achieved with a single product pick – it’s the safest way to load a wide range of retail crates accurately and why we developed Meteor.”

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