Synerlink, the engineering department of packaging machine manufacturer Arcil has selected flexible Adept Quattro robots from Adept Technology, which are used to stack cups of yogurts and other food products prior to multipacking or case packing.
Synerlink offers end-of-line robotic solutions under the Arcil’s Aprium-Technology brand that feature easy to deploy and maintain Adept Quattro robots.
According to the US-based Adept, the robots that are configured two or four per line to get the necessary throughput are stacking the cups for multipacks and case packing. The multipacks range in size from 2 to 24-count and the cases range from 16 to 48-count.
The Quattro robot’s end-of-arm tooling used to handle the yogurt cups is the SoftPIC gripping technology from Adept. The grippers are made of soft silicone that conforms to the shape of the product to provide a vacuum path, which enables the robots to handle the products at good speeds, gently.
The robot, with its four-arm design and advanced control algorithms serves as a solution for smooth motion applications. The design helps it accomplish a range of motion and handle payloads of up to 6kg while cutting down energy use by 23% compared to traditional three-arm delta robots.
Aprium-Technology brand business unit manager Charles-Antoine Freiher said Synerlink aims to provide its shelf-ready solutions to the international businesses as well as to more local independent food producers.
"That’s one of the reasons we choose the Adept Quattro," Freiher said.