Food & Drink Automation

Food & Drink Automation – Consumers continually seek new and different tastes and nutritional value,  meaning you must get new, high-quality products through your facility quickly to keep prices low and food safer. We design and build food and beverage manufacturing automation systems to help food and beverage manufacturers develop a more agile response to changing consumer tastes by leveraging smart manufacturing to revolutionize the way food and beverage manufacturers operate. We provide access to relevant, real-time information. Information-enabled manufacturing allows you to combat your biggest challenges:

  • Improve yield
  • Drive productivity
  • Mitigate security risks
  • Optimise resource management
  • Enhance asset utilisation

 

An example of one of our food and beverage manufacturing automation projects is a machine that was designed to accept trays of eight shortbread rounds. After clamping the tray, a vision system locates the position of the rounds on the tray and relay the positions to a suitably tooled ABB 6-axis fully articulated robot, which cuts the rounds into “Petticoat Tails”. After cutting, the trays were conveyed and transferred to a return conveyor where the product passes under a sugar sifter prior to the operator removing the processed tray and returning it to a rack.

 

Our systems have also included automated solutions for blue-chip companies in the dairy, whiskey and fish processing industry providing unique solutions including automatic inspection systems, palletising machines, filling and capping machines to name but a few.

 

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Key features and equipment

  • Auto feeding of trays

  • Clamp and location of trays

  • Vision detection of rounds (position)

  • Robot positions above rounds

  • Robot lowers and “cuts” through product

  • Robot lifts, clamps released

  • Tray conveyed under sugar shaker and to packaging

  • Output – 40 rounds/minute

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