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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: New Delta Robot Platform LDx from Bosch with modular principle offers production diversity

The new Delta robot platform LDx from Sigpack Systems, a Bosch Packaging Technology company, is suitable for use in the pharmaceutical, food and confectionery industries.
• Handles a wide range of formats, products and packaging types
• Maximum machine uptime with reduced cleaning and changeover times  
• Simple operation using touchscreens and tool-free gripper changing

The platform is made up of compact cells with integrated Delta robots which can be adapted easily and flexibly to suit a variety of applications. With this new system Sigpack Systems demonstrates its competence in developing automated technologies for handling and packaging processes.

The platform is being manufactured in two versions – standard steel and the stainless steel. The stainless steel versions meet the latest EU hygiene standards and consist of food compatible materials. The bearings in the arms are made of ceramic and are nonwearing, like all other major drive components of the Delta robots. The exposed structure of the robot cells means that there are no enclosed spaces. Due to the smooth, angled
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surfaces the detergents can drain off residue free making the cells easy to clean. This ensures maximum product quality and avoids long downtimes for costly cleaning procedures, especially important when processing food.

The LDx standard components (basic cells) can be combined to meet each customer’s specific requirements. Depending on customer specifications, the cell can be configured as a MonoPacker (LDM) for packing one product type in each container, an AssortmentPacker (LDA) for producing mixed packs, or as a FeedPlacer (LDF) for loading pillow-pack machines or side loaders. This gives users the ability to adapt the equipment to suit their own output and product range. The output and speed of the system depend on the number of robots used; sophisticated design technology always ensures versatility and flexibility in both product and pack type.

“In theory, the robot cells can be positioned in any way, like building bricks. Users have a system which they can adapt easily and quickly to cope with their future production needs,” says Roland Czuday, Product Manager at Sigpack Systems.

The robots are able to handle an almost unlimited number of products – blister packs, tubes, sprays, cookies, fragile baked goods, chocolates, pizza and even fish and meat dishes. A variety of gripper types ensures that products are handled with care. Regardless of whether the process uses vacuum suction, airstream grippers or finger grippers, fast-action couplings mean that the robot arm can be quickly modified to suit different production requirements.

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