Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies face an array of automation choices when it comes to applying robotics in pick-and-place, packaging, and end-of-line operations such as palletizing. To help CPG companies better understand their robot and cobot (collaborative robot) options, Fanuc (booth N-6116) is showcasing a broad variety of its robots for a range of applications at PACK EXPO International, with a particular focus on food handling.
Three new robot introductions in its exhibit this year are its DR-3iB/6 stainless steel delta robot, LR-10iA/10 vision-guided robot, and M-10iD/12 and M-20iD/25, food-grade robots.
Delta robot for high speed pick-and place
In its demonstration at PACK EXPO, the DR-3iB/6 robot uses Fanuc’s 3DV iRVision and iRPickTool line tracking software to randomly pick pieces of chicken from a continuous infeed conveyor. Using a Soft Robotics gripper, the robot picks chicken breasts and reorients them onto an outfeed conveyor.
Compact 6-axis robot
Food handling robots
The demonstration of the M-10iD/12 at PACK EXPO highlights the robot’s speed and flexibility to handle various payloads. In this demo, it picks bags of rice packages off dual conveyors and packs them into a box.
Since last year’s PACK EXPO, Fanuc has expanded its series of CRX collaborative robots with the new CRX-5iA, CRX-20iA/L and CRX-25iA, which can reportedly run for eight years without maintenance. These new CRX cobots bring Fanuc’s line of CR and CRX cobots to 11 model variations for handling products ranging from 4 to 35 kg.
Industry-specific demonstrations of these robots at PACK EXPO include:
- Loading Storage Carts—Fanuc’s new CRX-20iA/L cobot is equipped with a 3DV/200 vision sensor enabling it to pick items of varying sizes and shapes that weigh up to 20kg and load them onto a storage cart. The demonstration with this cobot highlights its motion range and ability to handle large and heavy packages.
- Palletizing—A CRX-25iA robot with a 25kg payload, 1,889mm reach, and guided by a 3DV/200 vision sensor mounted to the arm, palletizes boxes to nearly seven feet high. A key cobot functionality of this robot is its ability to be repositioned by hand and use vision to automatically adjust to its position in new locations, enabling to resume operations accurately.
- Packing—A CRX-10iA is used to demonstrate packing health and beauty products. In this demonstration, attendees can try the cobot’s intuitive hand guidance and tablet programming.
Additional robot demos
Two further robot demos at Fanuc’s PACK EXPO International exhibit include: