Motoman Robot Case Packing

Motoman UP50 robot equipped with multifunction gripper packs 4-12 PET bottles at a time into cases in any combination of neck up, neck down or flat positions, and also inserts slip sheets, as required.PET Bottles

Highly flexible system met project challenges and cycle time rates. System packs bottles into cases in any combination of neck up, neck down or flat orientation. System can pick 4-12 bottles per row. Two quantities can be processed without changeover (ex. alternating rows of 6 and 7 bottles in one layer). Case conveyors handle over 7 empty and 7 full cases per lane to minimize need for operator to be on hand.

Project Challenges

Motoman Robotics Solution

Motoman Robotics provided a custom UP50 case packing solution that serves two bottle lines, including:

Fixtures/Tooling Details

Motoman Robotics provided a custom multifunction gripper that uses off-the-shelf components and has manually adjusted vacuum cup spacing to handle the different bottle widths and types. Robot can pick 4-12 bottles at a time. Once quantity is set, number of bottles being picked can vary automatically by up to three to allow for different quantities between rows without changeover. Gripper sensors verify that no bottles have been dropped during packing. System notifies operator and stages questionable cases to prevent a mixed-ware situation. Once the bottle is picked, gripper can place the bottle neck up, neck down or flat while in motion. Gripper also inserts slip-sheets between the layers, as required.