Robotic Packing: Everything You Need To Know

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The traditional assembly line involves conveyors filled with workers, each completing different tasks. Meeting production needs with manual labor often isn’t feasible or efficient for large companies, particularly in the food handling industry, where you must meet various sanitation and consistency standards.

Robotic packaging streamlines packaging operations with high-speed software, so you can boost efficiency, reduce waste, save resources, and scale company growth. At TDI Packsys, we provide robotic packaging solutions so you can transform your factory floor into a well-oiled machine. Continue reading to learn why these packaging applications may be right for you.

What Is Robotic Packaging?

Robot packaging systems are intelligent computers with “arms” that can pick up products, move objects, label items, seal packages, and more. Most robot arms have a small footprint, meaning they won’t take up much space in your tight manufacturing facility.

A packing robot can complete any case packing operation, including the ability to open, transport, fill, palletize, seal, label, and code products. Robot case packers and carton loaders can also fulfill secondary packaging applications, like printing a cartoon on the back of a cereal box. Such packaging steps are critical marketing tools.

How Does Packaging Automation Work?

Packing automation works on predetermined actions and schedules. You can program the software to function as you need by selecting what you would like the robot to do and when. The system continues completing actions based on your requests without interruption so that you can devote your manual team to more complex tasks.

Packaging Automation Benefits

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Case packing robots transform how the packaging industry operates in many ways. High-speed case packers streamline the loading and packing process, improve product accuracy, and speed up production.

Streamline the Entire Packaging Line

Many food businesses package different products at once, making the manufacturing process more complex and time-consuming. You can program package robotics to handle multiple food products simultaneously, improving loading times.

Attempting to grow an organization also creates challenges when you don’t have enough resources to employ the necessary manufacturing stages. Packaging robots display an excellent opportunity for scaling how your corporation operates.

Boost System Accuracy

In the food industry, your products must meet consistency and quality standards. You must weigh serving sizes, detect contaminants, properly seal containers, and more.

It’s natural for humans to make mistakes on the assembly line, though this leads to product waste. All damaged items or poorly packed goods often end up in the trash.

Packing robots offer error-free and consistent results since you program exactly what you need into the software.

Increase Productivity

Boosting production rates helps your business flourish. When you integrate robots into the packing process, you reduce employee downtime and labor costs.

Employees often suffer repetitive stress injuries from strenuous packing tasks, potentially reducing their quality of life, as well as output. Robots can carry more weight than a human without any harm or interruptions.

Maintaining safe human working conditions on your packaging floor is also challenging. Often, manufacturing facilities have dust, extreme temperatures, and poor ventilation. You won’t need to worry about those hindrances with a robotic packing line.

Applications for the Food and Beverage Industry

juice bottles passing through vision system on beverage factory

Packing robotics transform how the food and beverage industries orchestrate consistency. Small mishaps can lead to major product recalls and severe revenue losses. Automating your packaging system reduces this risk and allows you to enjoy the above advantages.

Can Packaging Robots Detect Defects?

Yes, most robotic packaging lines include a defect detection system.

TDI Packsys offers optional additions to your packaging line including:

Such features allow you to fill each product with the same amount, keep packages intact, and avoid common contaminants. For example, an x-ray inspection system will show you whether any foreign high-density particles entered your product, while checkweighers ensure that no under- or over-filled products reach consumer shelves.

Tips on Buying Robotic Packaging Systems

When purchasing a robotic packaging application for your organization, you should consider the following factors:

  • Robot weight and size
  • Cost compared to potential savings
  • Weight capacities
  • Ease of use
  • Programming limitations
  • Power output requirements
  • Defect detection abilities

Note that certain systems only work with specific product shapes and sizes. Be sure to pick a system that can handle your packaging and casing needs.

TDI Packsys: Streamline Your Packing System Today!

At TDI Packsys, we provide comprehensive automation solutions for your manufacturing needs, including robotic packing, seal systems, flow wrappers, palletizers, scale and dosing systems, and inspection solutions. Fill out our online form or call us today at (877) 834-6750 to speak with a TDI Packsys expert about a customized solution for your needs!

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