The food and beverage industry is constantly faced with expanding demands on how to get to market efficiently and with increased operational speeds. Robotic Automation owner and managing director Colin Wells looks at how automated solutions can help.
The need for effective productivity from supply chain, production floor through to distribution is more paramount than ever. Integrated customised systems make a huge difference.
Getting a grip
One area where robotics is beneficial is the bottling section in the beverage industry. What is often a long and manual laborious process can be removed by implementing effective, flexible and safe systems.
The Motoman Air Grip bottle handling tool is a reliable, flexible and speedy production process. Its main advantage is the simplicity of its bottle necks gripping system, which offers security and stability at high speed.
It has very low maintenance requirements with minimum wear and tear. It is very easy to clean and change out, as well as being lightweight. It can handle up to 47,000 bottles an hour with only two robots.
The Air Grip’s gripping cuffs are made in five standard sizes, covering the majority of the current range of manufactured bottles. However, a custom-made design can be designed according to customer specifications, even to a whole pallet layer size.