Food & Drink

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 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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