OCME S.r.l. recently showcased a series of innovative improvements to their range of palletising systems at an Open House held in late February 2011 at their Parma premises.
The Parma, Italy-based OCME is a world leader in packaging, filling, handling and palletising systems for the consumer products industry.
Palletising systems on display at the Open House included a system designed for a major brewery and incorporating new enhancements.
The palletising system had a robot island composed of two anthropomorphic robotic manipulators that were programmed to create specific palletising patterns, a robot with a layer-forming head as well as a pick and place robot for pallets/ layer pads equipped with self alignment.
The demonstration included cluster packs, mid-cone packs of standard and sleek cans, shrink-wrapped cans and tray formed packs of glass bottles, displaying speeds of 180 – 200 packs per minute on the mi-cone cluster packs.
The pack infeed was fitted with a double modular conveyor belt to control infeed pressure. The manipulator gripper head was fitted with brushless motors along with pneumatic commands to achieve optimum precision and maximum speed.
Key enhancements to the layer gripping head included:
- 4 side rails to compact the layer, fitted with an inflatable inner profile, which reduces pressure and avoids damage to the packs
- 2 independent blades, controlled by brushless motors for complex palletising patterns and to maintain the correct pressure during transfer
- 4 extractor assemblies to facilitate release of the layer and to limit the effects of friction
OCME S.r.l. is represented in Oceania by HBM Packaging & Plastics Technologies .