Wrigley’s in Australia uses robots from ABB Australia to lower labour costs and improve flexibility in producing its chewing gum which has been popular among the world’s gum chewers for more than a century.
In 2005, Wrigley’s in Australia started to look for automation solutions to address issues such as high direct labor costs, health and safety risks associated with manual handling and restricted floor space. Thus, the company finally decided to go for a solution which combined the adaptability of robotics and the packaging know-how and experience of HMPS.
The proposed installation consisted of six robot packing cells operating in two groups of three. The task for each cell is to erect a carton, pack into the carton the requisite quantity of Wrigley’s products and push the loaded carton onto an out-feed conveyor which took the product from the group of three cells to an elevator and eventually through to a carton sealing unit.
Each cell contained an ABB IRB 2400 robot, which takes a blank regular slotted carton (RSC) from the magazine by means of a vacuum head, squares the carton and places it on a holding station. The robot then takes the product off the in-feed accumulation conveyor and proceeds to pack the carton until full.
The success of the project is undoubtedly the supplier of HMPS who understands packaging and robot applications and the reliable and robust robots themselves.