The R-Factor FL2000-R combines robotic capability with conventional-palletizer simplicity into a powerful yet easy to use system. Leveraging technologies from Rockwell Automation, Agile Planet and Motoman, the system manages the functions of the robot arm and the basic machine control together through the ControlLogix PLC. This not only gives increased reliability and pattern forming capability, it also allows plant personnel to easily understand and maintain the system. Customers will work with familiar PLC controls and will no longer be required to learn and work with the robotic arm proprietary software. Packages with a high center of gravity, minimal packaging (and therefore protection) or those requiring labels out pattern forming can now be handled with ease. The hybrid technology is also able to position cases upright just prior to layer formation. This allows difficult-to-convey products to be conveyed to the palletizer infeed easily and then be simply up-ended in the palletizer.
Columbia Machine Inc., 800-628-4065.