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Bacon Loading System

JLS’ hygienic Harrier bacon draft loading system automatically loads fresh sliced retail bacon drafts into thermoformers. A patent-pending robotic gripper EOA tool prefolds a flat bacon L-board flap utilizing a combination of linear servo actuators.

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This new highly-automated system replaces the typical complex series of conveyors and devices that are often used for this process while helping solve labor gaps. A patent-pending robotic gripper end-of-arm tool prefolds a flat bacon L-board flap utilizing a combination of linear servo actuators. The folded draft is then rotated 180 degrees and articulated down into the thermoformer pocket. Drafts can also be loaded onto a pattern loading board of a thermoformer designed for fresh retail bacon packaging. The system also has a surge capacity of 20%.

Additionally, the vision-guided robot’s targeting system will accommodate a wide range of draft position variance on the infeed conveyor while also providing a degree of draft quality inspection. As with all JLS robotic packaging systems, the Harrier has an open design which contributes to its sanitary design and washdown capability. It also provides easy access for operator loading of “Make Weight” and “B-Grade” drafts, further optimizing the system and increasing productivity.

Designed for the most stringent applications, the Harrier features hygienic, IP69K-rated delta robots. The stainless steel robot sits in an open channel chassis and features tool-less disassembly of all tooling and conveyors for easy cleaning and sanitation.

Integration with other equipment upstream, such as a slicer, and downstream, such as a robotic case packer, is possible with the Harrier. This provides bacon producers with the flexibility to configure their lines based on their individual needs.

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