Food-packaging robots double line speed for Belgium waffle producer Greymans
Task: Install six FANUC food-packaging robots equipped with advanced functionality, including iRVision, visual line tracking, load balancing, collision guard and an Ethernet encoder, to pick and place the food (in this case, waffles) on the packaging line.
The number of pieces of food on the conveyor and their position is communicated to the robots via a camera. The robot controller
, divides the waffles equally among the robots. Using FANUC’s duo pick
feature, each robot grips two waffles and places them on the line, saving time and enhancing transfer speed.
Result: The robotic line is 50 percent faster than the old food processing line. Plus, quality and hygiene has improved. There is also less waste since human operators were prone to breaking off the edges of the waffles, something the robots do not do when packaging delicate food.
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