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Engineers have taken advantage of 3-D printing for rapid prototyping of tools and parts in recent years. Technicians at the German firm Festo AG & Co. are taking the technology to the next level to mass produce end-of-arm robotic attachments.
If the past is prologue, production of food and beverage products will look a lot different in 10 years than it does today.
Used for high-speed picking, packing, cartoning and kitting applications, the Yaskawa delta-style Motoman MPP3 robot operates at a rate of 150 cycles/min.
Specifically for the high throughput requirements of end-of-line and bag palletizing applications, the ABB Robotics IRB 460 4-axis, 110kg payload, 2.4m reach robot utilizes a FlexGripper Clamp end-of-arm tool for the secure handling of heavy cases or products not compatible with vacuum handling techniques; the function package controls robot cell operation.
Images from Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Naples, Florida, April 14-17, 2013.
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