Australian-owned Debco is one of the leading producers and marketers of potting mixes in Australia.
Debco attributes their success to ongoing research and development programmes coupled with the implementation of new standards for the manufacture of their products.
In keeping with its policy of leading the quality end of the market, Debco has pledged not only to meet but exceed Australian Standards for commercial and domestic products.
Debco's modern in-line system uniformly packs each product under strict quality control.
In keeping with these high standards, Debco recently commissioned Robotic Automation to design, supply and install a turnkey robotic palletising and stretch wrapping system at their brand new western Sydney manufacturing facility.
The palletising system designed by Robotic Automation incorporates a Motoman SP100 high speed robotic palletiser, a Robopac Twist fully automatic stretch wrapper as well as light curtains and optoelectronic sensors.
Flexibility and Speed
Using a Motoman robot for palletising allows Debco the flexibility of palletising a range of bag sizes from 10 litres up to 50-litre bags on a single piece of machinery. The robot is equipped with a tyne gripper designed and built by Robotic Automation for handling bags.
To maximise the rate of palletising, Robotic Automation incorporated a special pick-off station in the Debco robotic palletising and stretch wrapping system, which raises each bag to a pre-set level before the robot picks it up for palletising.
When used in conjunction with a pallet dispenser, the task of palletising is continuous. To complete the process, a Robopac fully automatic stretch wrapper has been incorporated as part of the system. The fully stacked pallet is moved to the stretch wrapper where the load is automatically secured and protected by stretch film.
To ensure the entire process is safe for personnel working in the area, light curtains have been incorporated as part of a perimeter system to guard the palletising system.
The entire process is overseen by one operator via a panel view touch screen. Incorporating software written by Robotic Automation, the touch screen gives the operator an instant overview of the palletising and stretch wrapping process as well as the location of product within the process.
Robotic Automation offers a complete turnkey service including site evaluation, design, supply of all automation equipment, installation, commissioning, operator training and after sales support.