Proco Machinery Inc. (Mississauga,ON, Canada), a supplier of automation systems for the blowmolding industry, has brought to market a breakthrough collaborative robotic automation system that works interactively with co-workers. The machine requires no special guarding and needs very little training for learning new tasks. The Robo Packer is an advanced automation system that is ideally suited for pick and place, assembly and packaging applications at a cost that is half the price of conventional automation solutions.
“Proco’s new automation technology has taken robotics to a new level, and is exactly what the industry has been waiting for,” said John McCormick, President of Proco Machinery. “The Robo Packer blends this human-like collaborative robotic system together with Proco’s industry-leading expertise in the blowmolding and packaging industries.”
The Robo Packer can be easily and quickly adapted to a variety of packaging and repetitive manufacturing situations working alongside existing workers or alone. The system can be supplied with any one of three different robotic arm payloads depending on the application, the task to be performed and the level of productivity required.
The Robo Packer Basic System is a fully integrated packaging module and comes with a six-axis robotic arm, infeed conveyor and a box conveyor all mounted onto a common sub-frame, which in turn is fitted with leveling pads and castor wheels.
It can be moved into position, set up and quickly be in production. Maximum flexibility and efficiency is provided and can be configured to pack all necks up or all necks down either using row-by- row or full-layer packing methods. In situations where a standard configuration does not suit a particular application, Proco’s engineering team can develop a custom designed system to provide an efficient, cost-effective solution.
Due to the sophisticated design of the Robo Packer’s robotic system, complex safety guards are not normally required. However, Proco offers either light curtain or guard packages as optional equipment. It can work alongside existing workers thereby making integration into the existing workplace environment easy and cost effective.
The Robo Packer automation system is available worldwide and Proco is currently working on a number of successful projects at both domestic and global custom blowmolding facilities.