Allied Technology was invited to create a robotic solution that filled and sealed bags with food items for the non-profit organization, Blessings in a Backpack.
It’s safe to say we exceeded expectations by creating a fully-automated solution, which started with individual food items on a conveyor and ended with a stacked pallet of totes containing the filled and sealed bags. The entire process is demonstrated in the video above.
It was gratifying to see our design come together in the form of a show-stopping machine. Waves of attendees stopped to take pictures and videos and ask about each specific aspect of the system. We were fortunate enough to be featured by several publications, including Automation World, Modern Materials Handling, and Packaging Digest. Possibly the highest praise came from John Henry, the Changeover Wizard.
“The whole cell was fascinating, but the bagger was ingenious. A bagging machine without the bagger. This is how packaging machines should be built.” – John Henry, Changeover Wizard
To read more, view the article here.
Our show machine demonstrates how easily collaborative robots can be deployed at various stages throughout the end-of-line packaging process. Utilizing four Universal Robots E-Series robots, this machine showcases the following aspects:
- Vision-guided conveyor tracking (0:09)
- Robotic pick and place (0:14)
- Bag loading and unloading (0:40)
- Case erecting (0:45)
- Bag sealing (1:07)
- Case loading (1:34)
- Robotic palletizing (1:45)
- Automatic tool changing (2:02)
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