The case packer features quality control systems foundational to pharmaceutical track and trace. It also highlights a video system for remote monitoring of machine operations. The integrated case packer, robotic palletizer, stretch wrapper, and de-palletizer on display at Pack Expo will be installed on a pharmaceutical packaging line following the show. (Brenton and Currie by Brenton Pack Expo Booth C-3121, Orion Packaging Booth C-3023)
Brenton, powered by ProMach, features at Pack Expo 2015 in Las Vegas, September 28-30, a Brenton Mach-2 wrap-around case packer, part of an active demonstration of integrated case packaging, robotic palletizing, stretch wrapping, and de-palletizing. The design of the integrated line reduces by up to 40 percent the floor space typically required by similar configurations. (Brenton and Currie by Brenton Pack Expo Booth C-3121, Orion Packaging Booth C-3023)
The end-of-line system is fully automated. The only required manual operations come from loading blank cases into the case packer and film onto the stretch wrapper. To save space the control panel for the case packer and Currie by Brenton robotic palletizer has been consolidated into one compact unit and mounted directly to the frame of the Mach-2 case packer.
As cartons enter the Mach-2, a vision system verifies that printed barcode and human readable information on the cartons are correct for each unit. Cartons with incorrect information are automatically rejected before being packed into cases. As cases exit the Mach-2 each is check weighed before being handled by the robot. Any incorrectly weighted case is automatically picked up by the robot using vacuum pick tool and placed on a reject lane. Every in-specification case is picked up by the robot, which then moves the case to a labeler and then to a vision system. Like the first vision station, this vision system verifies that the barcode and human readable information on the label are correct. The system’s end-to-end quality control features are foundational to tracking and tracing pharmaceutical products. The robot is mounted directly on the frame of the case packer, saving considerable floor space. Another space savings aspect is that the robot builds pallet loads directly on the base of an Orion Packaging FA turntable automatic stretch wrapper. After the stretch wrap station, pallets will index forward to the de-palletizing area of the active demonstration.
Unified HMI, remote monitoring, and more about the Brenton Mach-2
The HMI for the case packer and the robot have been integrated for unified operation and utmost ease of use. Control of the robot is carried out through the HMI, a much simpler and more intuitive process than programming movement through a teach pendant. The Mach-2 at the show demonstrates an eight-video camera system for monitoring and diagnosing operational issues with the machine. The video system provides real time and achieved video footage with the cloud-based remote monitoring and remote services ProTech by ProMach™ system. ProTech is being introduced by ProMach at Pack Expo.
The Mach-2 case packer is an all-servo driven, side load case packer utilizing indexing motion to load up to 35 cases per minute. Cases accommodated include RSC, HSC, tray, wrap-around, knock-down, and harness for cartons, bottles, cans, and tubs. The Mach-2 minimizes the environmental impact of packaging operations through the appropriate use of electronic and servo drives, resulting in less wasted energy and product and packaging materials.
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