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A simple space-saving solution to the issue of singulation

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The High Speed Singulation System delivers a simple space-saving method of lining-up or ‘singulating’ randomly oriented products into an orderly straight queue for packaging.

Available from Machinery Automation and Robotics (MAR), this high-speed system is ideal to use with foods and other delicate items that can’t be crushed or pushed around too vigorously.

It is suitable to use with doughnuts, muffins, cookies, corndogs, poultry, confectionary, burritos, frozen foods, baked goods, patties, and so forth.

The singulator does this task so well that it was named ‘Best New Product’ at the recent APPMA Awards of Excellence at AUSPACK 2013.

Ferret.com.au was on hand at AUSPACK where we caught up with MAR General Manager, Troy Krogh.

“The system is quite simple, using conveyor technology,” he said. “That’s really the beauty of the system, its low complexity. It is easy to understand and easy for our clients to use.”

He pointed out that “typically, singulation requires a large footprint and involves multiple conveyors in a line.”

In contrast, this new system involves a series of 90 degree turns using standard belt type conveyors. Each conveyor in the series is running at a higher travel rate than the previous in order to pull the gap needed for singulation.

“This uses a very small foot print in a circular arrangement to allow users to singulate products out to packaging. That allows robots to pick the products to place into packaging or to feed into a flow wrapper,” Krogh says.

“It is a very low cost, very simple to use system.”

And the High Speed Singulation System can be retrofitted. Krogh says that the small footprint again facilitates any retrofitting.

“We can integrate the singulation of the product and also add the robotics systems to the line either immediately or in phases.”

In other words, it is up to management to decide. It is possible to replace some manual labour initially and then ultimately remove all labour from that area. The decision comes down to each individual business.

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