Collaborative Robotic Mini Pallet Cell
Robotic Pallet Cell Reduces Workplace Injuries by Incorporating Collaborative Technology
April 2017, Blacksburg, VA —ESS
Technologies, Inc. has redesigned its best-selling Robotic Mini Pallet
Cell to incorporate FANUC’s new CR-35iA Collaborative Robot. The
CR-35iA Collaborative Robot features twenty-four (24) precision
sensors that cause it to stop all motion when it comes in contact with
an object or person. This eliminates the need for safety guarding and
greatly reduces the footprint of the robotic cell. Without guarding,
the CR-35iA will operate up to two (2) cycles per minute. Greater
speeds can be achieved (5-6 cycles per minute) with the use of area
sensors to detect motion within the robotic cell. ESS designs the
robot end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) to securely pick one or more cases and
place them in a pre-programmed pattern on the pallet, which the
operator manually places in the floor-mounted pallet position. The
pallet cell is available in single cell and dual cell configurations.
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The CR-35iA offers a payload of 35kg and a reach of 1,813mm, making
it ideal for automating manual palletizing processes. This allows
manufactures to reduce workplace injuries caused by lifting heavy
cases or performing repetitive motions. To further increase
workplace safety, the robot itself is designed to operate in close
proximity to humans in a shared workspace without the need for
safety fences. The green robot cover is padded to reduce impact
forces and pinch points by providing a soft barrier between a human
operator and a robot arm. The stopped robot arm can be gently pushed
away from people or objects by the operator if needed.
In applications requiring placement of a deck sheet or tier
sheet, the same robot and tooling performs these functions. When
integrated with serialization track-and-trace systems, the robot may
also be programmed to hold case labels over cameras or barcode
scanners to verify the pallet load or provide automatic reject of
incorrectly labeled cases. The CR-35iA collaborative robot may also
be integrated into fully automated pallet cells that include pallet
dispensers and pallet conveyors to move empty and loaded pallets
through the system.
About ESS Technologies, Inc.
ESS Technologies, Inc., founded in 1993, specializes in complete packaging line design, equipment manufacturing, and integration. Our expertise includes filling/capping equipment, robotic palletizing systems, automatic cartoners, case packing equipment, custom designed solutions for medical device assembly and pharmaceutical packaging, and integrated robotics. Engineered for reliability and efficiency, ESS Technologies’ products offer you tomorrow’s packaging technology today.