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Automating a food handling production line is becoming increasingly more important these days. With the ongoing pandemic and labor shortages affecting virtually all businesses big and small, moving from an unreliable manual workforce to robotic automation is essential. A leading food manufacturer came to us intent on enhancing their production line with robotic automation.
Midwest Engineered Systems built a robotic palletizing system that could move over 80 cases per minute. The robotic integration required no tooling changes to accommodate varying case sizes, or to handle the layer slip sheets. This system also utilizes an automated pallet dispenser, and can produce multiple pallet patterns.
Midwest Engineered System built a fully automated assembly line that required no manual labor to perform the assembly operation. Robots using a vision system would pick and sort the multiple types of triggers as they travel on a single conveyor. On a separate conveyor, filled bottles would arrive at the bottle assembly station.
Many don’t realize that robot arms can be equipped with an EOAT that is capable of cleanly grabbing multiple products at once. Our custom designed robot gripper made this palletizing process a breeze.
There’s plenty of machine tending systems on the market, but how do the parts arrive to these systems? Chances are, there’s a large amount of manual labor being used to unload pallets and bins to feed them.
Next level production performance and control with our automated storage and retrieval buffer system built expressly for existing manufacturing facilities.
Keeping production on track with the right components in high variability, low volume assembly and manufacturing can be a headache that tends to affect throughput. When product variations are small in nature but important to functionality, these issues can not only affect production efficiency, it can also make trouble in keeping quality on track.
The project was certainly a palletizing process that needed to be automated, but it required much closer management than standard palletizing.
Stepping up to automating manual case packing operations doesn’t have to mean spending weeks installing equipment. MWES’s turnkey case packer systems install quickly and easily. In most instances, systems can be up and running in a day, making the MWES case packer as ‘turn-key’ as they come.
With its automated material storage and retrieval processes, the MWES ASRS buffer system can give a facility back valuable manufacturing time and reduce production errors. The MWES ASRS system can store materials in not only in an efficient manner, it allows for production environments to quickly manage materials as needed. The system does this by cataloging materials and their locations by how they integrate into the production process.