Robotic Case & Tray Packing

Why robotic packing with MOD-PACK?

  • Top Level FANUC Authorized System Integrator (ASI)
  • Leaner Operating Efficiency/Increase Throughput
  • Ease of use Controls Allen Bradley
  • Interactive HMI Screen to Robot
  • Designed with Safe Environment in mind

Case Packing Machines typically place product into a 6-sided sealed corrugate container or a 5-sided open top HSC, Bliss or Tray corrugate container.  Our MOD-PACK system is modular in nature with standard engineered components able to be tooled to fit most all of the case/tray styles.

 

A wraparound style or harness style case where a flat blank is formed completely around the product will typically require a Monoblock solution. Variations of this type of machine include Top Load, Horizontal Load and Bottom Load Case Packing Machines.

 

Note that Tray Packing Machines are typically Top Load and can be Horizontally Loaded as well. Our MOD-PACK system is able to handle either setup depending on what is correct for your product.

Typical Components of a Modular Case/Tray Packing System include:

  • Tray Former which will erect a tray blank from a magazine, fold the minor and major tabs and then seal them with glue.
  • Case Former which will erect a case blank from a magazine, fold the bottom minor and major flaps and then seal the bottom major flaps with either tape or glue.
  • Top Loader which will accumulate product, stage an empty case and ensure the top flaps are open and then load the product into the case or tray.
  • Case Sealer which will close the top minor and major flaps and then seal the major flaps with either tape or glue.

What are you Packing in?

CASE PACK (RSC)

Case Packaging

From gallon containers to pharmaceutical pill bottles, allow the FANUC robot to do the work.

 

BLISS / DISPLAY CASES (HSC)

Bliss/Display Packaging

TRAY PACK

Tray Packaging

What are you Packing in?

Case Packaging

From gallon containers to pharmaceutical pill bottles, allow the FANUC robot to do the work.

Bliss/Display Packaging

Tray Packaging

In order to understand your automation and robotic needs, we’ll need to understand your packaging process in-depth. These are the ways that we view packaging and how it can relate to automating the pack-out process.

Primary Package

This is the first package that a product will encounter and is often the individual or portion packaging that the consumer will interact with or see at the store. Examples would include:  candy wrappers, juice bottles, margarine tubs, yogurt cups, retail chip bags, standup pouches, and more. Packaging equipment for this level of product must be capable of touching and handling the product directly. In the instance of direct food contact, equipment must be capable of being frequently and thoroughly cleaned and must meet the regulatory food safety requirements of the respective industry.

Secondary Package

This level of packaging encompasses everything in between the primary package to the pallet. Secondary packaging protects the primary product as it is being shipped on a pallet and may also provide some level of portion size and brand recognition to the consumer.  Some products, for example bags of ice or large bags of dog food, might proceed directly to the pallet without a secondary package. Most products though will involve some combination of cartoning, case packing, and/or tray packing prior to being placed onto the pallet.

Once a product is in its primary package, it may proceed into either a carton or bag and then into a case or tray. Or, the primary package may proceed directly into a case or tray. The secondary package enables the primary product to be shipped to a store and then presented on a retail shelf. Cartons and cases often display the primary product packages on a retail shelf.  Examples of a secondary package would include: cartons of wrapped candy, cartons, cases or trays of juice bottles, cartons or trays of margarine tubs or yogurt cups. Secondary packages may also include bags of snack pouches or wrapped candy.

Some Cases are designed so that they may be placed directly onto retail store shelves with minimal modifications. These include HSC (Half Slotted Case) and Bliss Cases which are open on top, as well as Display Cases which are RSC (Regular Slotted Container) Cases that have perforations to allow panels to be torn away prior to stacking onto retail shelves.

Some products require additional protection inside the case or carton that a divider, partition or layer sheet can provide. Divider, partition, and sheet inserters can be incorporated directly into the case loading equipment or can be a separate component to the packaging line.

APT Top Load Equipment Specifications

Robotics

  • FANUC Robot
  • FANUC Controller
  • EOAT to meet product needs
  • Ethernet IP Communication to PLC

Construction

  • Engineered System Solid Works
  • Welded Structural Steel
  • Powdercoat Finish (option SS)
  • Complete Assembly FAT, SAT Installation and Support

Controls

  • Rockwell CompactLogix
  • Rockwell PanelView HMI
  • NEMA 12 Enclosure (option SS NEMA 4/4X)
  • Built to NEC Standards

Safety

  • Meets ANSI/PMMI B155.1 and ANSI/RIA 15.06 safety standards
  • RIA Certified
  • FANUC Certified

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