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Article | February 25, 2014
ESS: Robotic mini pallet cell
Able to palletize up to 25 cases/min., ESS Technologies’ redesigned Robotic Mini Pallet Cell incorporates FANUC’s new compact robot controller, the Model R-30iB “A-Cabinet,” in place of the larger, stand-alone “B-Cabinet.”
The front panel of the stackable controller A-cabinet fits flush with the Category 4 interlocked and gasketed safety guarding system to create a streamlined robotic cell that does not require additional floor space for the robot controller.
Replacing the B-Cabinet controller with the powerful, much smaller A-Cabinet controller reduces the overall size of the pallet cell while increasing functionality and user-friendliness. A FANUC multi-axis robot has been incorporated with the company’s in-house custom-designed end-of-arm robotic tooling (EOAT) to offer a very fast changeover time (5 minutes or less, typically).
The upgraded R-30iB A-cabinet controller also features a redesigned, lightweight east-to-use 4D graphic iPendant. The energy-saving controller design minimizes power consumption for the robotic cell. The controller comes equipped with fully-integrated iRVision hardware for easy error-proofing, 2D, and 3D robot guidance standard.
The complete palletizing system includes a case infeed conveyor, Category 4 interlocked and gasketed polycarbonate safety guarding, robot tooling, and programming for one case size. ESS can design the EOAT to pick one case or multiple cases at a time and can be customized to handle other processes, such as pallet placement, deck sheet/tier sheet placement, and case inspection with reject.
The Robotic Mini Pallet Cell is available in single and dual pallet configurations.
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