With a surge in demands for varied packaging, the need for efficient line changeovers has become a major priority. In order to meet market demands and stay competitive, manufacturers need to minimize downtime due to product changeovers so as to lower production cost.
With conventional changeover procedures, changeover downtime may be a common occurrence as system settings need to be adjusted to accommodate new recipe requirements. The operator needs to manually make changes on format-specific parts, resulting in machine downtime and operations standstill.
OMRON Robotic Automation Solution can easily accommodate variations in product, increasing uptime and reducing waste.
For instance, when preparing a mixed variety pack, OMRON FH Vision system will first identify an assortment of products — including their orientation, aesthetic properties and location on a production line — and then communicate the data to a robot via NJ controller. Based on a pre-programmed recipe, OMRON parallel robot with multiple grippers will pick the correct products to make the proper assortment.