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The True Cost of Wrapping Your Pallets

In recent weeks there has been some debate on the pros and cons of the cost of wrapping pallets from the point of view of just paying a cost per pallet rental type scheme, which seems to be anything from 70p to £2 per pallet, versus 34p to 48p when owning your own pallet stretch wrapper either by buying the machine outright of purchasing it with the help of a finance house. Owning your own machine of course allows you to purchase the film from existing suppliers competitively.

Paddy McCartney, National Sales Manager of Aetna UK Ltd, and Becky Goy of First County Finance, who have worked with Aetna clients for many years, have made the following observations on the subject.

Paddy comments: “In some ways the idea of simply paying a cost of 70p a pallet seems a reasonable however the more pallets you wrap the more it costs you. A part pallet and a film break during a cycle will also count as a pallet wrapped at 70p.

* 50 pallets/day is 12,000 pallets/year and the cost would be £8,400.00/year.

* 125 pallets/day is 30,000 pallets/year and the cost would be £21,000/year.

AetnaAugust2016“You are however locked in to a contract, if your business grows then the fixed cost of rental can become a real burden for your business. Most financial commentators are saying that the UK economy is now on the turn after four long years of relative hardship, so to put yourself into a position of stifling growth could end up being a double whammy on your business.”

Paddy continues: “I would like to outline some observations on the above.”

Costings

“For a customer wrapping 50 pallets a day this amounts to 12,000 pallets per year. If a customer takes a 3-year lease purchase with an Aetna 3 year parts warranty, this will cost £224.69 a month. The machine amortised on an annual rate of 12,000 pallets would then cost 22.5p per pallet with film costs of under 25p per pallet, a total cost is 47.5p per pallet.”

* 12,000 pallets/year = £5,700.00.

“If the customer was producing 125 pallets a day, 30,000 per year, the same machine cost would reduce to 9p per pallet and even if you kept the film cost the same this would bring the cost down to 34p per pallet.

* 30,000 pallets/year = £10,200.00.

“At the end of the lease you own the pallet wrapper. Of course this means that no further payments are made for the machinery and the cost per pallet falls to under 25p/pallet.

“As you can see from the above examples continually paying a fixed fee of 70p per pallet can be very costly. Over the short term it may seem convenient but by making the comparison with leasing a machine and arranging your own supply of film the ‘pay per pallet scheme’ is very detrimental to cash flow and budgets.

“Furthermore, the long term costs of paying per pallet show that customer’s could actually end up paying for the machinery several times over.”

Becky Goy continues: “The computations clearly show the lease purchase option is of real benefit to any user, giving complete control over where you buy the film, and after sales and service support of a company that has to-date produced 130,000 machines. We have worked closely with Aetna UK helping customers with Lease options, and it is by far the most cost effective solution for any business now and in the future.”

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SSI SCHAEFER – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

The SSI Schaefer Group is the world’s leading provider of modular warehousing and logistics solutions. It employs over 8,500 people at its group headquarters in Neunkirchen, Germany, at its domestic and international production sites, and at its 60 foreign subsidiaries, which includes the United Kingdom. Across six continents, SSI Schaefer develops and implements innovative industry-specific answers to its customers’ unique challenges. As a result, it plays a key role in shaping the future of intralogistics.

SSI Schaefer designs, develops and manufactures systems for warehouses, industrial plants, workshops and offices. Its portfolio includes manual and automated solutions for warehousing, conveying, picking and sorting, plus technologies for waste management and recycling. In addition, SSI Schaefer is now a leading provider of modular, regularly updated software for in-house material flows. Its IT team, with a headcount in excess of 900, develops high-performance applications, and provides customers with in-depth advice on the intelligent combination of software with intralogistics equipment. SSI Schaefer’s broad IT offering, including its own WAMAS® and SAP products, delivers seamless support for all warehouse and material flow management processes. Solutions from SSI Schaefer improve the productivity and efficiency of customer organisations – not least through the highly precise monitoring, visualisation and analysis of operational metrics for proactive intralogistics management.

SSI Schaefer offers highly sophisticated, turnkey systems. As an international player, it can deliver one-stop solutions to all four corners of the earth. Its comprehensive portfolio encompasses design, planning, consulting, and customer-specific aftersales services and maintenance.

The company’s enhanced stand presence at the IMHX will reflect the breadth and depth of its experience, showcasing a broad spectrum of products and solutions within the sphere of intralogistics. Live demonstrations of two new products – the fully updated 2016 LogiMat SLL vertical lift storage system and the innovative, new, IFOY Award-winning Weasel Automated Guided Vehicle – will be continually running, while up-to-date case studies and material covering IT and Customer Services and Support systems will also be available.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Hörmann UK – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

In the market for construction components, more and more gates, doors, frames and operators carry the Hörmann name, making Hörmann Europe’s leading provider of such products. This leadership of the family company has been attained through decades of continuous growth as a result of innovation, ensured quality and proximity to the customer.

Today, the Hörmann Group is run by the third and fourth generation, i.e. the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of company founder August Hörmann. Thomas J. Hörmann, Martin J. Hörmann, and Christoph Hörmann are the personally liable general partners. Hörmann (UK) Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hörmann KG.

First established in 1979 from a small industrial unit in Leicester. Hörmann UK’s continual growth meant that in 1993 we moved to new premises at Whetstone in Leicester. In 2000, due to increased growth, we moved into purpose built offices at our current location in Coalville, Leicestershire, giving us a footprint of 8000 square metres. In 2006 we built on remaining land, adding a further 3800 square metres of assembly/warehouse space and 200 square metres of office space. Providing a total building footprint of 12,000 square metres.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Westbrook Industrial Limited – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

ASG Services – Labelling and Safety Solutions
At ASG Services we have gained an excellent reputation for providing the most appropriate labelling and safety products to meet the specific requirements of our customers.
By providing a range of products in each of our specialist fields, we are able to provide the optimum solution for every client from one source. From our beginning nearly twenty years ago, we have been constantly developing our products and services.

Warehouse Partners – Labelling and Safety Solutions
Warehouse Partners is a unique company that provides non-core products and services direct to manufacturers and suppliers of MHE and storage solutions.
Our focus is on providing top quality products and service to make our business partners more efficient and therefore profitable – while gaining and keeping the all-important competitive edge.

At Warehouse Partners, we have gained an excellent reputation for providing the most appropriate labelling and safety products to meet the specific requirements of our customers. By supplying a range of products in each of our specialist fields, we are able to provide the optimum solution for every client from one source. From our beginning over five years ago, we have been constantly developing our solutions.

We offer a single source for products and services that reduces time and costs. By bringing together a range of products we are able to offer excellent service levels combined with the integrity that comes with a non-direct sales organisation.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Conveyor Systems Ltd – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

Conveyor Systems Ltd offer an array of engineering expertise and a wealth of experience in materials handling solutions however complex, tailored to suit customer’s individual requirements in a wide range of industries.

At CSL we have a comprehensive range of conveyor equipment to provide complete automated turnkey materials handling systems, including design, installation and commissioning conveyors with integrated controls and software. We also incorporate full project management to co-ordinate our mechanical and electrical conveyor installation teams in-line with the customers overall project program.

CSL offer simple, high quality modular conveyors to integrate and interface with other OEM machinery such as packaging and label application machines, wrappers, palletisers and other associated equipment. This is often coupled with state of the art PLC/Computer based systems to integrate the operation whilst providing management data for traceability/logistics etc.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Flexibility and Performance – The End of Line Marked ‘ACMI’

ACMI project managed and installed at the French based Coca-Cola group in Socx-Bergues, a completely automatic end-of-line system to handle a number of different packaging solutions. Such a solution is only possible thanks to the flexibility and efficiency of the palletising and stretch wrapping system projected by ACMI.

Palletising Group

ACMI installed at the CCE factory a mixed type of palletising system, which allows the handling of both packs and trays with bulk bottles on the same machine. The machine, or better still the system focuses on the palletising robot system Condor P136. The machine is fed on one side by an automatic bulk bottle channeling system and on the other by the Twisterbox continuous layer formation system. The bulk bottle channeling system is equipped with a pressureless system and special guides which maintain the integrity of the product being handled along with the label. Seeing that the Condor robot is equipped with an automatic head changeover system, the format changeover times are extremely rapid and simplified along with the function of the operator.

Trays with bulk bottles.

Trays with bulk bottles.

From the same touch-screen panel the operator can manage both the Twisterbox functions along with the format changeover functions without any mechanical intervention. This type of operational function which characterises the packaging systems projected by ACMI, represents an advantage for all those customers such as the Coca-Cola group, who need to reduce to a minimum or better still eliminate the requirement of any operator intervention thus favor a highly automated system which guarantees a high level of line efficiency.

Twisterbox System

The Twisterbox continuous layer formation system is one of the principle components of the ACMI end-of-line systems, and it represents the top of its product range: speed, performance, flexibility, precision and reduced maintenance are its points of strength. The system projected by ACMI, is one of a kind in its range, it is capable of handling with high efficiency even small unstable packs (2×2 or 3×2 configurations) without the need of any over packing, which substantially reduces packaging costs.

Wrapping

Rocket pallet stretch wrapper.

Rocket pallet stretch wrapper.

At the Socx-Bergues factory two innovative rotating table pallet stretch wrappers of the Rocket series were installed. These stretchwrappers have been constructed with SCARA robotic technology, a type of technology skillfully used by ACMI in the packaging sector which allowed excellent results to be obtained in terms of performance, maintenance and simplicity of use. The Rocket stretch wrapper works with a spool reel height of 1000 mm and is equipped with a hermetic “waterproof” system. The machine reaches very high speeds thanks to a completely electronic pre-stretching system which perfectly handles the elasticity of the film. This innovative system can achieve speeds of 400%, if the film consents it, guaranteeing excellent containment of the pallet thanks to the perfect handling of the plastic phase of the extensible material. In the Coca Cola factory the two pallet stretch wrappers absorb a production of 36.000 bottles per hour (at the filler) handling full pallets or half pallets with half trays in cartons. In order to guarantee the maximum productivity, both machines were equipped with an automatic pre-stretching group changeover system, which apart from simplifying the operators function also improves the overall efficiency of the line as it allows the machine to pass from one pre-stretching group to another in a completely automatic manner.

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Rexnord Introduces New 1005 XLBP-series MatTop® Accumulation Chain

RexnordJanuary2016The trend for packages in the food and beverage industry towards the use of lighter and more delicate packaging materials is ongoing. This drives the need for new conveying solutions that ensure optimal pack handling with the lowest risk of damage to the packs. At the same time these new conveying solutions need to contribute to important sustainability goals, such as conveyor safety improvement and energy saving. Rexnord is proud to introduce the new 1005 XLBP-series MatTop® accumulation chain for packs to address these needs.

Safety

Conveyors equipped with traditional “LBP” (Low Backline Pressure) chains, can create a potential safety hazard at the transfers between conveyors, where the chain opens and closes, due to gaps that form between the rollers on the chain links. This forces OEM’s and end-users to install safety precautions in the packaging area, to ensure no workers can get their fingers or clothes trapped between the chain and conveyor at any time.  The new 1005 XLBP series has been designed to optimize the safety of the conveyor system, by reducing the gaps between the rollers by 50% at the transfers. The rollers are made in a bright lime-green colour, to increase the visibility of the moving parts on the conveyor.

Protection of the packs

A complaint often heard at end-users, is that many plastic rollers on LBP conveyor chains do not rotate easily or even get stuck over time, which can cause a dramatic increase of backline pressure on the packs during accumulation. As a result, packs get damaged and the energy consumption of the drive motors will go up, as will the Total Cost of Ownership of the conveyor line. The 1005 XLBP chain offers a solution to these issues:  the rollers combine a 30% lighter rotation on the shaft, with less chance for contamination to end up in the rollers or between the rollers and the chain module. This ensures the lowest backline pressure on the packs and minimal energy consumption of the conveyor over time.

Lower energy consumption

Most end-users have a sustainability target to reduce energy consumption in all areas in their plants. In the packaging area it is not uncommon to have a great number of conveyor drives, since the packs have to travel a long distance from the packers to the palletizers. The power consumed by each conveyor is determined by the total weight of the chain plus the packs, multiplied by the friction factors and the speed. Since the weight of the packs and the speed is a given, Rexnord 1005 XLBP has a reduced chain weight of 40% compared to traditional modular LBP chains. In combination with the 30% lower friction between the packs and the chain during accumulation, this will translate into direct energy savings on each drive motor. In case line control permits, it is even possible to reduce the total number of drives required, since the conveyor lengths can be extended.

Innovative leader

Rexnord holds an unmatched track record of innovative conveying solutions for the food and beverage industry that have defined the new industry standards since 1938. Starting with the first metal TableTop® chains to engineered plastics to magnetic corner tracks (Magnetflex®). The 1005 XLBP Series MatTop chain is the latest addition to the Rexnord portfolio and has all the features to set the new standard for LBP (“Low Backline Pressure”) conveyor chains for the coming years.

For more information, please contact Rexnord at +31 174 445 111 or visit www.rexnordflattop.com.

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End-of-line Productivity With Some Extra Flavour

Manna Foods is a producer of savoury sauces and employs 70 people. It is a family owned business, and although relatively small, they are extremely successful in what they do with a no-nonsense approach to business. Manna Foods choose carefully which products in the market most suit their production methods to ensure what they produce, is produced in the most efficient way. However this business philosophy requires flexibility, particularly at the end of the packing line.

Manna Foods chose CSi’s i-Pal for their end of line palletising and achieved a 9 month payback! This helped them to stay ahead of their competitors, and due to the good experience they had with their first palletiser, they decided to buy a second one for one of their other lines.

CSI1November2014The i-Pal, although a sophisticated robot palletising system, is a low cost solution with the following significant benefits:

  1. A flexible multi-use unit which fits into many environments. Almost 150 i-Pals have been installed already in a wide variety of businesses. Having achieved significant sales volume of the i-Pal CSi are constantly lowering their prices.
  2. The i-Pal is easy to install and commission allowing the benefits of automatic palletising to be achieved within a very short time period.
  3. The i-Pal is assembled and tested in Romania, and is installed and commissioned by Romanian CSi specialists making it possible to keep the i-Pal as low cost as possible whilst maintaining CSi’s extremely high quality standards.

CSIForkliftNovember2014One of the challenges CSi faced on this project is that Manna Foods have a large range of pallets. The i-Pal is flexible enough to overcome these challenges. Empty and full pallets are transported to and from the i-Pal with a forklift truck. Manna Foods has up to 12 different pallet patterns which was no problem for the i-Pal as some additional software programming solved this. Manna Foods are also able to adjust pallet patterns themselves.

Due to the short payback period predicted, Manna Foods decided to purchase the i-Pal.  However the i-Pal is also available for lease, or even on short-term rent. This spreads the investment load and enables the financial benefit of automatic palletising to be realised almost immediately. Manna Foods have a skilled and pragmatic maintenance department who after a short period of training were operating and supporting the i-Pal without any interruptions or stoppages. Manna Foods decided not to purchase any spare parts as they were so confident in the technology they had purchased.

Benefits

  • High stacks (2.5 m); not possible by hand
  • Pay-back time was shorter than 9 months
  • Unwrapped pallets in container because of high stacking accuracy and stable stacks.

It is important not to forget the operators who play a vital role in the success of any automated project. Once trained, the operators quickly gained the confidence to put the i-Pal robot cell into full production. The simplicity of the i-Pal machine and its intuitive operator panel makes the job a lot easier.

For more information contact CSi industries BV – Raamsdonksveer, the Netherlands – www.CSiportal.com, E-mail: info@CSiportal.com, Tel +31 (0)162 575 000.

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Chocs Away at Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest manufacturer of cocoa and chocolate products, recognised that a significant increase in operational efficiencies could be achieved through the installation of a robotic palletising system at its Banbury plant in England.

The company had recently initiated a major investment programme, in line with its ‘cost leadership’ strategy pillar, across all areas of its manufacturing process to deliver an increase in capacity and optimise production flow. To further improve efficiencies, a three phase investment over two years was now planned for the palletising area with the implementation of a fully integrated robotic solution to an existing line.

The new system was required to provide greater flexibility and reliability, utilise limited floor area, simplify operational procedures and reduce maintenance costs. In addition, it would have to overcome the challenges of picking up multiple sizes of boxes (between 10kg and 25kg), increased cycle rates and be fully compliant with the company’s stringent health and safety disciplines.

Barry Callebaut commissioned CKF Systems of Gloucester as its project partner to design, build and install an integrated robotic palletising system within its manufacturing plant.

“We were impressed by work CKF had recently undertaken for a major confectionary brand,” explains Barnz Parkin, Project Management Engineer, Barry Callebaut. “We spoke to the project manager, who has a wealth of experience and we regard highly and he provided a sound endorsement; a good partner, talented, flexible and reliable. We looked at nine different organisations, only CKF demonstrated a complete understanding of our situation and submitted a working solution that would improve our capabilities in line with budget and expectations. It was a major undertaking for the business and therefore essential that we made the right decision.”

The initial project is designed around a single robot cell but with the ability to palletise three different SKU’s at the same time. The cell, incorporating an ABB IRB 660 with a bespoke gripper, has been designed by CKF. It utilises 3D Inventor and Robot Studio simulation to ensure the full range of case sizes, weights and configurations can be handled and are able to pick layer sheets. The case feed system comprises a high level interface complete with divert station and bar code detection, to direct the flow of designated cases to the robot cell and separate in to three defined collation stations. Each station incorporates an identical conditioning section to orientate and collate the cases into defined rows and counts for the robot pick to create the pallet pattern. A dedicated pallet load station is positioned at the end of each collation station and the cell also includes two separate layer sheet feed sections to handle both Chep and Euro pallet sized sheets.

The overall system includes two dedicated pallet denesters, i.e. Chep and Euro, loaded pallet discharge station and twin shuttle car. The shuttle car arrangement is designed to receive individual pallets, on demand, from the designated denester and deliver to the relevant pallet load station at start of production. The shuttle is also designed to receive and exchange both loaded and empty pallets, with the loaded pallets delivered to the unload station before the car returns to the denester stations to collect the next pallet. The final configuration of the system includes provision for the introduction of a second robot cell and a fully automatic spiral wrapping machine.

The complete operation is fully contained within a guard enclosure incorporating strategically positioned light beams, roller shutter door and interlocks to meet the very highest safety standards with zoned safety areas to maximise overall system efficiency.

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Sidel creates new drinks bottling business unit

PET solutions provider Sidel has created a new business unit to serve drinks products producers globally.

Split into six teams including maintenance, line improvement, training, spare parts and logistics, line conversions and moulds and packaging, Sidel Services has been designed to help customers achieve better product quality, efficiency, flexibility, cost optimisation and brand support.

Sidel CEO and president Mart Tiismann said that when customers invest in a Sidel production line, they need and expect high levels of service to support them throughout the entire working life of the equipment.

“That is why, in addition to introducing innovative technologies to our customers such as the Sidel Matrix™ liquid packaging system, we have also been working hard to improve our services offering,” he said.

Companies can use the new service unit to reduce downtime or design new packaging solutions. Sidel is also rolling out new spare parts logistics and technical support initiatives in a bid to help customers have better access to the people and parts that they need.

The improved global logistics network for spare parts includes a new warehouse management system that enables three levels of delivery service, from emergency delivery to planned maintenance deliveries.

According to the company, the technical support system enables faster responses through a new ticketing system that places customers in immediate contact with Sidel experts to address urgent issues.

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A Flexible and Compact Palletising Solution

“There are some important changes going on in the field of end-of-line palletising.” Jan de Bruijn, Managing Director at CSi’s Headquarters in Raamsdonksveer, knows that nowadays there’s a strong demand for cheaper palletising solutions, which are compact and flexible. “The market has matured,“ says de Bruijn. It is clear what he means by this – no longer are only complex systems supplied to the market, but over recent years these have mostly been delivered to the large multinational companies.

Meanwhile CSi also focuses on the smaller and mid-size companies. In this market completely different requirements have to be met: high engineering costs cannot be passed on, so smart solutions at affordable prices are at the forefront.

The i-Pal Concept

Therefore CSi developed the i-Pal concept with a total carefree package around it, comprising of nothing more but a complete and compact palletising cell for use at the end of a production or packaging line, though extended with important service components.

the i-Pal.

The i-Pal unit consists of a spherical robot, a pick point and a pallet conveyor all mounted on a skid. “Only high quality components are being used,” de Bruijn emphasises. No compromises are made when it comes to quality.

System availability is a core feature in CSi’s designs. The i-Pal is based on standardised robot technology and high quality components with proven performance. This makes the palletiser extremely reliable in a production environment, requiring low maintenance thus resulting in low maintenance costs. With the remote diagnostic options CSi can instantly analyse any error by telephone. The end-of-line palletising concept enables the gradual automation of several production or packaging lines. Each line can be automated separately and at the right moment.

Robot palletising also enables the fulfilment of specific requirements, eg always show a predetermined side of the product on the outside of the pallet, or the label orientation may be specified.

The mechatronic design with multifunctional components and the professional software enables a lot of other functions and options. Maximum functionality can thus be achieved at low cost. The universal gripper and the software enable a lot of different stacking patterns so product changes can be executed fast and easily.

I-Pal‘s small footprint makes it easy to fit the palletiser into every possible environment. The i-Pal can be used with forklift trucks as well as with AGVs or a pallet transfer car.

Financial Options

In order to meet the needs of fast growing and smaller companies, CSi even offers its customers several financing options. “Of course our customers can buy the i-Pal, but it can also be rented for a shorter or longer period of time,“ the Managing Director points out. “Or the customer only uses the palletiser as long as he needs it.” This is an Important advantage as CSi customers can profit from the technology without having to invest.

Jan de Bruijn, Managing Director at CSi.

The skid construction enables a quick and easy installation. Operation starts at the day of installation. As CSi’s financing costs are below the costs for manual palletising the customer saves money from Day One.

“One of CSi’s customers was looking for a way to lower the production costs internationally, in more production plants. The i-Pal robot cell was chosen because of its reliability and the lease options. The monthly fees offer the customer a clear savings potential compared to the previous costs for personnel,” he explains.

I-Pal can handle up to 20 products per minute. “Try to achieve this with manual palletising in a 24 hour production company, seven days a week,” highlights de Bruijn. Being a standard product i-Pal can easily be demounted and re-installed at another place within the same company or even at another CSi customer. When the production planning changes, only small costs will arise from changing the materials handling system.

Due to the standardisation CSi can also offer several options for hiring and leasing, only for the period of time the customer requires the machine, “The lease contract offers a lot of flexibility to our customers“, says de Bruijn. “After the leasing period the customer can either return the palletiser, hire it for a longer period or purchase it.”

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Robot Uptake Increases by 60% in Food and Drink Sectors

UK robot sales figures for 2013 from the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) reveal a 60% increase in robot uptake within the food sector, compared to 2000 results.

With an install base of 2,685,000 products worldwide, FANUC Robotics’ Managing Director Chris Sumner comments: “Our hope is that robots will improve the competitive edge of firms operating within the UK food industry.

The latest pick and place robots from FANUC – ideal for the toughest production environments.

While speed, accuracy and agility are all key benefits, recent demands from producers relate to food safety and the use of robots to improve hygiene levels during the manufacturing process.”

In direct response, FANUC has recently launched two IP69K certified assembly and handling robots for use in high pressure wash-down environments. Where high speed is the critical factor, the new M-2iA delta style pick and place robot, with four axis capability, can pick wrapped or unwrapped goods from one conveyor and place them into product trays or cartons at up to 220 cycles per minute.

Where dexterity is the main requirement, FANUC’s new six axis LR Mate 200iD/7C articulated arm can tilt, twist and rotate single or multiple products with ease.

Capable of 180 cycles per minute, this compact system can be mounted on the floor, upside down, on a wall or at an angle.

For more information on FANUC’s food-grade robots please contact T: +44(0) 24 7663 9669 E: uksales@fanuc.eu  or visit www.fanuc.co.uk.

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Excellent Performance, Accurate Design and High Reliability Characterise LITA Machinery

Last year, LITA celebrated 50 years of activity and this important anniversary is evidence of the company’s efficiency and ability in satisfying the changing requirements of its customers during this period.

Excellent performance, accurate design and high reliability characterise LITA machinery, providing an excellent guarantee for anyone considering making an important investment. The engineering is entirely developed by CAD in 3D environment and is constantly refined so as to continually improve the product, always paying greatest attention to remaining cost competitive.

LITA machinery is used in many sectors, such as food and beverage, chemical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical. The company produces models for both low and high production speeds. LITA installations can be found worldwide in the premises of internationally renowned companies, although Europe, especially theUKandFrance, is still the major market where 80% of LITA’s turnover is generated.

For example, world leader in cosmetics and personal care products, CJSC L’Oreal has increased its production in its new Russian factory. The company has invested in 5 high-speed lines and for this important investment, L’Oreal has again trusted in LITA, which is included in their preferred suppliers list.

LITA supplied five high-speed Cartesian-axis JOLLY palletizing  robots equipped with digital servo drives and brushless motors, capable of performing 12 cycles per minute. The mechanical parts are entirely made with aluminium, which make the system very agile, fast and accurate. The machine guarantees production up to 40 boxes/minute.

In terms of innovation, LITA has always demonstrated its commitment to searching for the optimum solution to meet customers’ specific requirements as evidenced by a palletising system for bags of pasta into pallet-box which was recently installed at Pasta Berruto SpA, near Turin. It has been especially designed to handle 5kg bags of pasta, mainly for the catering sector, with production capacity of 25 bags/minute by means of an articulated robot. In order to put the packages inside the container at the requested rate a special gripper has been designed to handle two overlaid bags per cycle.

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New Generation Robotic Palletiser is Top of the Class

FANUC Robotics UK has launched a new universal palletising robot that boasts best-in-class speed, payload, energy-efficiency and reach. The M410-iC/185 is the first of a new generation of palletising robots that combines FANUC’s proven 99.99% reliability with tangible improvements in performance, allowing food and beverage manufacturers to palletise heavier loads faster and stack pallets higher.

Thanks to advancements in servo drive and motor technology, the M410-iC/185 delivers a 16% higher wrist load and 13% greater throughput than its predecessor, the M410-iB/160, which serves over 300 customers Europe-wide. A 185kg payload coupled with an average speed of 1700 cycles per hour results in heightened productivity and more efficient palletising of heavier loads. The four-axis robot also has highest in class wrist load inertia, which renders it equally suitable for handling bulky items like sacks of flour using very large grippers, and compact, heavy items, like bottle crates.

“This robot is equally at home palletising bags of sugar as it is shifting crates of soft drink bottles,” says Darren Whittall, technical manager at FANUC Robotics. “It can handle anything from bags, sacks, cartons, shrink-wrapped bottles and cans to crates, tins and trays.”

In designing the new generation robot, FANUC engineers have built a four-axis arm that can stack pallets as high as 2.4m – higher than any other robot in the same class. At the same time, they have reduced the robot’s footprint to an ultra compact 610 x 806mm and energy consumption to 3kW/hr maximum. The robot’s extended reach and stack height capability create a large work envelope, which, in conjunction with high-speed operation, allows a single M410-iC/185 to service multiple lines in high volume environments. The balancer has been eliminated from the design, improving uptime by increasing the M410-iC/185’s reliability. The life of the gripper services is lengthened by a 56mm diameter hollow wrist for running cables and hoses.

According to Darren Whittall, these features combine to make the robot particularly appealing to high volume beverage producers and packers. “We anticipate strong demand from the beverage industry owing to the robot’s high payload, inherent reliability and ability to stack pallets high.”

FANUC’s new M410-iC/185 universal palletising robot that boasts best-in-class speed, payload, energy-efficiency and reach.

The M410-iC/185 is more than just a palletising robot; the in-built PMC (Programmable Machine Controller) enables it to act as a complete cell controller, thereby reducing system controls costs and simplifying integration of stand-alone palletising systems.

“The PMC eliminates the requirement for another PLC to control peripheral equipment like the conveyors transporting products to and from the cell, guard panels and light curtains,” explains Darren Whittall.

The intelligent robot’s touchscreen pendant has been enhanced to display 4D graphics, giving operators a user-friendly tool for viewing process information including cell layout and status, as well as providing the capability to act as the system HMI.

“This new palletiser offers our customers so much more for their money,” enthuses Paul Wilkinson of Pacepacker Services, FANUC’s palletising integrator specialist. “Working as FANUC’s palletising integrator for 15 years, we’ve seen Japanese advances in design, servo drive and motor technology set the pace for a totally new generation of palletisers. The M410iC/185 has been well received by food and beverage manufacturers as it comes with 15+ gripper options and is quick and easy to install.”

“Pacepacker’s ability to accurately match application with the appropriate technological solution along with unparalleled support before, during and after the installation has seen them become a multiple award winning equipment manufacturer and highly sought after integrator of FANUC robots,” says Chris Sumner, managing director of FANUC  UK.

As with all FANUC robots, the M410iC/185 is enabled to take full advantage of FANUC integrated iRVision cameras for product location, recognition and inspection, in addition to barcode reading and line tracking.

Two versions are available: a pedestal base with integral controller or a compact base with remote controller, providing design options where ceiling height and footprint are key considerations.

The M410-iC/185 is the lightest duty model in the new M410-iC generation of robots. FANUC is expanding the range to replace all four models in its previous M410-iB family and will release further details in late 2013/early 2014.

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Valco Melton Offers Complete End of Line Palletizing Solution

Valco Melton, as a leading manufacturer of adhesive dispensing and quality inspection systems for the packaging industry, offers a complete solution for end of line palletizing processes. Hot melt and cold glue based palletizing solutions present certain advantages over traditional stretch wrap methods in the following ways:

* Savings: Switching to adhesive based palletizing processes brings immediate savings by removing the large amounts of stretch wrap used to secure pallets in a traditional method. You are then automatically reducing material investment, material storage costs and material disposal costs.

* Safer work environment: Adhesive based palletizers are completely automated, so there’s no need for the operator to handle heavy packages or to use blades.

* Minimal transportation damages: By creating a secure bond between stacks, adhesive-based palletizers prevent movement during handling and transport.

* Prevented storage damages: For products that need to be kept in stock, the slightest bit of moisture can severely damage the product. If the product has been covered by stretch wrap, moisture will be trapped and the product ruined.

These are just a few of the advantages. For a more in-depth analysis of the benefits that switching to adhesive-based palletizing equipment can bring to your production line, download Valco Melton’s efficient palletizers e-guide by visiting: http://hub.am/16Ykmy4

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