Automated robotics offers the possibility to improve the performance, quality, and adaptability of production processes in different sectors. By using intelligent robots, human error can be reduced, the use of resources can be optimised, and products can be customised according to customer needs. It improves sustainability, reduces environmental impact, and increases quality. Builders can anticipate waste early in projects through efficient design and construction processes. Robots can handle heavy loads, work in hazardous spaces, and combat labour and skilled labour crises. Digitalisation is essential to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve service quality. By collecting data throughout the supply chain, companies become more responsive, flexible, predictive, and proactive, ultimately driving performance and growth.
Thanks to ABB’s advances, it is possible to develop integrated robotics, a field in which industrial, collaborative, and mobile robots coexist and multiply the benefits, called autonomous mobile robotics (AMR). To improve logistics and packaging procedures, ABB offers integrated systems such as the GoFa IRB 1500, the IRB 460, and the IRB 390 FlexPacker. Professionals can work alongside the robot in a safe environment with the GoFa IRB 1500. Palletising, depalletising, 3D vision, and sequencing operations are possible thanks to the 4-axis industrial robot IRB 460, which has a payload capacity of 110 kg. This increases safety and productivity. The IRB 390 FlexPacker and the IRB Flex Picker improve them even further.
Industry 4.0 is transforming the way machines and products work, transforming production into a sustainable, smart, and efficient system. The smart factory optimises energy consumption, enables faster delivery times and customised products, while incorporating customer needs in real time. This approach allows for increased efficiency, improved competitiveness, and reduced environmental impact.
Manufacturing equipment must function well in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0, adjusting quickly to new circumstances in the environment and exchanging knowledge with other systems. Machines can communicate data with production, individual parts and other devices such as 3D printers, CNC machines or robots thanks to IIoT and cloud solutions. Thanks to improvements in responsiveness, autonomy, mobility, and simplicity, these smart machines continue to advance, making them reliable workers in manufacturing facilities. Their capabilities continue to expand, making them a crucial component of today’s industrial landscape.
Kuka robots are used for automatic packing and palletising of various products and loads. Examples are the KR AGILUS series, which offers 4- or 6-axis high-speed robots with a payload of 6 kg to 10 kg and a maximum reach of 700 mm to 1,100 mm. A special hygienic version, KR AGILUS HM, is available for food packaging. The KR QUANTEC PA series offers high-performance palletising robots with a payload of 120 kg to 240 kg and a maximum reach of 2691 mm to 3601 mm. The KR 40 PA-KR 500 PA series offers palletising robots for medium to heavy payloads with a maximum reach between 2091 mm and 3236 mm. These robots are known for their speed, accuracy, robustness, and low maintenance. Some models have a carbon fibre composite that reduces weight and increases rigidity.
The success of the new generation of companies depends on the automation of processes and people. The robot helps to increase staff availability by being perfect for the most difficult tasks. FANUC robots of the “M-10iA” and “M-20iA/10L” classes help to empty electronic products and deliver them to customers. The M-2iA/3AL is a high-speed 6-axis delta robot with pick, pack and assemble functions. Its intelligent design minimises workspace, while its three-axis wrist allows it to rotate components and tooling according to assembly needs.
Fanuc picking and packing robots can handle any type of product quickly and accurately. To perform activities such as sorting, picking, and placing arbitrary objects on a conveyor belt, these robots can be coordinated and synchronised with vision systems. The M-1iA/0.5S, M-2iA/3S, M-3iA/6S, LR Mate 200iD/7L, and CRX-10iA/L collaborative robots are examples of this category.
Fanuc’s extremely fast and accurate SCARA robots are perfect for packaging and assembly applications. These four-axis robots can lift up to 12 kg. This family includes the SR-3iA, SR-6iA, SR-12iA, and SR-20iA robots as examples.
Industrial automation has increased productivity, but also production safety by freeing workers from risky or delicate tasks and allowing them to collaborate in an environment where intelligent robots are able to respond to human presence.
The Motoman PL series, MPK50, and HC20 collaborative robots are just some of the types of robots Yaskawa offers for autonomous palletising and depalletising. With payloads ranging from 190 kg to 800 kg and operating distances of more than three metres, the Motoman PL series is a high-performance robot. The MPK50 is a 4-axis, high-speed robot with a payload of 50 kg, 1,893 mm reach and 0.07 mm repeatability. The HC20 collaborative robot’s 20 kg payload, 1,700 mm reach, and 0.05 mm repeatability make it perfect for packaging and palletising tasks that need to accommodate continuous production changeovers. For operator safety, it also has an integrated safety system.
With this level of automation, robots can collaborate with each other and coordinate their activities by exchanging information.
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