BluePrint Automation's Swing Machine is a highly flexible case packer for bags and pouches, with the ability to pack them laying down or standing up on the same machine. Video shows pouches being packed in a retail-ready 3-sided display case.
The Blueprint Automation Delta robot in this video is an overhead supported, three or four axis robot, with a large working envelope. Product enters the working envelope after being detected by a highly accurate camera system for orientation. The robot takes the input from the camera, goes directly to the product and re-orientates the product while placing it in the location or container specified, all at speeds exceeding 150 picks per minute.
BluePrint Automation (Colonial Heights, VA) demonstrated a servo-driven, robotic top-loading machine packing stand-up drink pouches into a corrugated display case at speeds of about 450 pouches/min, though the manufacturer says the machine can reach speeds to 500 pouches/min. Applications include liquid drink pouches and retortable pouches such as pet food. Accommodates multiple pack sizes, product sizes, and carton configurations. Manufacturer claims no changeover is required between varying products or pack configurations.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Blueprint Automation showed its vision-guided robot system at Pack Expo International 2004. Machine stacks product to be packaged at speeds to 300 products/min. As product is conveyed through the machine, a robot arm picks each item up individually, storing the programmed number of product and depositing it in a puck to be conveyed to a packaging machine.