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Innovative New Machinery at PACK EXPO: Case and Tray Packing

PMG editors fanned out across PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2023 in search of packaging innovation. Here's what they found in Case and Tray Packing.

Delkor
Delkor

Case and Tray Packing weren't the only areas of interest at PACK EXPO. Click the links that follow to read more about innovations in:  Cartoning  |  Coding and Marking  |  Conveyors and Material Handling  |  Inspection and Detection  |  Labeling  |  Form/Fill/Seal  |  Food Processing & Packaging  |  Sustainable Packaging   Robotics  |  Pharma  |  Controls

Plenty of case and tray packing solutions were on display at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, including the LSP Series case packer from Delkor Systems. The firm describes it as a single top-load case packer that’s suitable for any shipper style. This newly developed loader can pack pouches and large bags into deep cases at speeds as fast as 180 products/min, depending on the application and number of picking robots employed. The LSP is available in one- to five-robot configurations to meet practically any speed requirement and can place a variety of pouches into multiple types of cases.

The Fanuc M10 robots employed by the system work together to pick pouches in any orientation on the infeed conveyor. As demonstrated at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, the LSP series representative in action was an LSP 150 case packer using three Fanuc M10 robots.

The demonstration at the time of PW’s visit was of a club-store tray of pouched licorice. Unique to this demo, products enter the case packer flat on the conveyor, but pick heads load the product to stand upright within the tray, requiring the robots to orient them accordingly. A tilted conveyor feature simplifies upright loading in this application, allowing them to gently stack against one another upright at a slight angle. Still, when pick flat/load flat is necessary instead of pick flat/load upright, it’s easy enough to flatten the tilt and bring the conveyor down to horizontal without needing any tools at changeover. Given the size and shape of the licorice pouches being packaged, each robot could handle roughly 40 pouches/min. With three robots, that made for about 120 packages/min for line speed on the system demonstrated.

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