Haden & Custance has developed new high speed clamshell loading systems that are suitable for picking and placing items into plastic clamshells, offering packing rates of up to 120 picks per minute, depending on the product.
These clamshell loaders consist of:
- a denester to separate the clamshells
- an ABB FlexPicker high speed picking robot with PickMaster vision software; and
- a lid closing system.
Haden & Custance states that the key to these systems is the ABB FlexPicker robot, which is capable of moving at 10 metres per second, and accelerating at 100m/s2. These robots are available in one or two kilogram models, with standard or washdown versions available where required.
The PickMaster vision system coupled to the robot in these clamshell loading systems also plays a vital role, allowing randomly placed products to be picked accurately off a moving infeed conveyor, rotated to the correct orientation and placed into a moving clamshell.
Haden & Custance's clamshell loaders can accommodate a variety of clamshell sizes with fast changeover between products. Hot melt lid gluing can also be incorporated to seal the lids or provide tamper evidence.