Packing cheese wedges into cases

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A-ware Food Group case study

A-ware Food Group is a service organisation operating in Europe and increasingly beyond. A-ware specialises in ageing, cutting, packing, storing and transporting cheese and other products. Each week, they produce millions of consumer packs on different packaging lines, and ultimately pack these as consumer, wholesale, flexible foil and/or hard packaging, such as vacuum foil packs, thermoformed packs, flow packs and hotel blocks (super-sized packaging).

Old situation: 

  • Cases packed manually by three people
  • Packs are stacked in such a way that the cases are well stocked

Concerns:  

  • No fixed-shape product
  • Alternately stacked in the case
  • Large assortment of cases, ranging from 9 to 20 pieces per case; odd and even quantities
  • Frequent adjustments
  • Capacities effectively up to 120 packs per minute

Premise:  

  • No mechanical guides
  • Minimal changeover time
  • High reliability
  • Same quantity of packs in case as in manual packing

Solution: 

  • Camera technology application
  • Product feed conveyor with line tracking
  • Case infeed and discharge conveyor system with line tracking
  • Special software that enables two robots to fill the cases with a variable number of packs based on the quantity entered
  • Fast Delta pick robot with large vertical stroke for placing product at the bottom of the case as well.

In "VerpakkingsManagement" (professional journal for the packaging industry) 
an entire article filled with informative facts is devoted to this successful project.

Article "Robots helpen stukken kaas verpakken" (Robots help pack cut cheese portions)

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