Simplifying Machine-Robot Integration
“This robotic case packer’s sleek, hygienic design appeals to producers of packaged salads.
But it’s the controls package that brings the most tangible benefits.”
By Pat Reynolds, Packaging World VP Editor
The machine designers at Pro Pack Systems, a manufacturer of end-of-line packaging machines, had packaged salad producers squarely in mind when they introduced a machine recently called the RoboLoader. Flexible, intuitive and competitively priced, it’s also very robust and is constructed from corrosion and stain-resistant powder-coated or electropolished stainless steel. That makes it highly suitable for a washdown environment, which is so important to packaged salad producers in need of designs that facilitate sanitation routines.
Using B&R’s Automation Studio development environment, Pro Pack creates highly modular code that makes manufacturers in the food industry even more efficient when using the RoboLoader. This approach produces higher-quality software with vastly improved long-term sustainability, thereby decreasing the instances of programming errors, preventing machine downtime, and reducing the time and expense of software development. “Using Automation Studio helps us substantially improve integration of machine and robotic control across the line,” says Dave Zurlinden, president/owner of Pro Pack. “It makes life easier not only for Pro Pack engineers but for the machine operator as well.”