19 October 2023
Systems can handle frozen potato products.
NEW vibratory conveying systems designed to feed pick-and-place robots on the packaging line have been introduced by Key Technology.
Each series of integrated conveyors meters, separates, singulates and/or aligns to provide optimal separation, speed and orientation for the robotic system to pick-up. By minimising hand packing, the systems are aimed at increasing production efficiency, reducing labour and improving sanitation.
Suitable for primary or secondary packaging, these systems can handle frozen potato products.
The integrated conveying system often begins with an optional shaker or belt conveyor to meter product, if needed. Then, a separating shaker evenly spreads product, followed by a singulating shaker that directs product into single-file lanes. The next shaker aligns the product in the correct direction, if required, and achieves the optimal speed to feed one or more pick-and-place robots, which are installed on one or both sides of the conveyor.
Products that are not picked up by the robots can either be collected in a hopper or recirculated to the beginning of this system.
The conveyors have stainless-steel bed surfaces, open designs and oil-free drives. When a processor automates primary packaging, sanitation is further enhanced by eliminating the manual handling of unpackaged products in the packing process while reducing the chance of accidental foreign material contamination by a worker.