IN line with its strategy to offer comprehensive packaging solutions, Cling has entered the robotic market with Comau, Italy's best-selling marque.
Cling technical director Kris Stefanidis said the robot rounded out Cling's range, which incorporated carton erectors, sealers, sorters, wrappers, labellers and conveyors.
"There's a trend in the Australian market towards integrated solutions rather than individual machine purchases," he said.
"It's matched by a growing demand for increased levels of automation and Cling now has the right robot to deliver a highly efficient turnkey packaging line," he said.
While new to Australia, the 30-year-old Comau robot brand is well established in Europe and known throughout the demanding automotive market for its reliability. Fiat, for example, uses Comau extensively.
For the Australian market, Cling plans to import around 10 different base models from the Comau range with capacities of between eight and 200kg for palletising or pick and place tasks in up to six axes.
With customised tools, the applications will be endless, according to Kris.
"The Comau can handle anything form scotch finger biscuits to oil barrels," he said.
The customised tools to suit individual applications are specified by Cling engineers in Australia, but built and designed in Italy by Siscodata, a Comau affiliate.
Local service is provided by Cling technicians already experienced with operations integration and the robot's programmable logic controllers (PLCs).