Harpak-ULMA has introduced Danish-developed collaborative robots (cobots) to enhance its smart and connected bakery packaging solutions.
Manufactured by Universal Robots, the Cobots automate aspects of bakery packaging such as product movement and palletising efforts.
Cobots are designed to handle fragile products of any size, shape, weight and form.
According to the North American packaging solutions supplier, Cobots are easily deployed or repurposed without the need for reprogramming or retooling, while still being able to work alongside human counterparts.
Harpak-ULMA automation product manager John Weddleton said: “Cobots combine fast set-up, easy programming, redeployment flexibility and amazing safety characteristics with an ability to handle even the most delicate packaging chores.
“We’re seeing an aggressive upsurge in demand from our customer base since there really isn’t anything else on the market that provides such a cost-effective solution to repetitive, menial production tasks.
“In fact, interest has been so strong, we decided to include Cobots as part of our demo lines at both the International Baking Industry Exposition and PackExpo in Las Vegas this year. You really have to see them in action to appreciate how much of a game-changer they are.”
Harpak-ULMA president Kevin Roach pointed out that Cobot integration will allow producers to maintain safe and clean operations while better dealing with challenges that hinder productivity, such as staffing issues.
He said: “We intend to make it easier for customers to leverage advanced automation hardware and software to overcome their toughest productivity barriers and deliver unfair competitive advantage.”