Arla Foods installs SIG’s next-generation robotic sleeve
SIG has launched its next-generation robotic sleeve magazine to help fully automate food and beverage manufacturers – with Arla Foods the first to opt for the new kit.
The R-CAM 2 is designed to increase workflow efficiency while reducing the amount of manual labour, helping manufacturers to easier develop fully automated filling plants – and keep up with growing consumer demands and advances within connectivity and digitalisation. R-CAM 2 is a robotic sleeve magazine that consists of two parts: a pallet magazine and an unpacking station, with the former offering space for two Euro pallets or industrial pallets.
It is designed to automatically remove shipping boxes from the pallet, open them, and then load the filling machine with carton sleeves. This allows customers to operate an end-to-end filling line with one operator.
Other features include being able to run continuously for up to 2.5 hours without the need to change a pallet, and an ability to compress and pack empty shipping boxes.
Stefan Mergel, senior product manager equipment at SIG: “With this next-generation sleeve magazine, SIG created a highly robust, stable and reliable solution that is designed to cater to all filling machines in our current machine portfolio, making it a key component in building the fully automated filling lines of the future – and helping manufacturers save time and costs in the process.”
Peter Bratsch, project manager packaging at Arla Foods Germany, said: “In order to meet our smart factory goals while placing more focus on employee productivity and efficiency, we required a sleeve magazine that needed no manual intervention from an operator. A sleeve magazine that could free up our employees to concentrate on other responsibilities – in addition to reducing their physical workload. With R-CAM 2, we can optimise the performance of all our filling lines, no matter how many carton packs they are designed to fill per hour.”
Source: Packaging News