Robots automatically show rapid return on investment

Establishing the need for robotic systems in packaging lines is only the first step towards maximizing efficiency. First, the investment must be cost justified, then the system itself must be modeled to make the most of its capabilities, as Frank-Peter Kirgis of ABB Robotics explains.

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Robots are usually associated with handling repetitive tasks in a process – either in high volume production roles or where flexible handling systems are needed for frequent changes. In the packaging industry, robots generally fall into three main arenas: pick and place applications (where products are packed into trays or secondary packages) feed placement (where products are prearranged on a conveyor to ease future packaging procedures) and palletising (pallet loading and unloading).

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