German process and packaging technology supplier Bosch Packaging Technology has launched a new Delta robot hardware platform and software controller.
The new Gemini 4 has increased speed and lowered changeover time, and helps manufacturers to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their automated production lines.
Bosch claims that the platform's hardware component, which has a streamlined architecture, integrates equipment from Bosch Rexroth and Beckhoff, two automation companies in Germany.
The controller has a smaller footprint and enables operators to run up to eight Delta robots and sixteen conveyors.
Manufacturers can also raise their production line speeds by up to 25%, as the design and software of Gemini 4 have been optimised for the control of robots.
The controller uses same head, irrespective of the pack size or style, and eliminates the downtime for changeovers, leading to a reduction in the cost-per-pick.
According to the company, set up and operation of the Gemini 4 is easy, and instructions for the production of multiple products can be stored through its human machine interface (HMI).
Bosch Packaging Technology Robotics product manager Roy Fraser, commenting on the controller, said, "Innovations in the automation of the manufacturing process have driven down the TCO, allowing multinational brand owners and local enterprises alike to increase productivity and improve competitiveness."
The hardware platform can also be used with other Bosch machines, meaning that customers have more than one Bosch solution to reduce their spare parts inventory.
Image: Bosch's Gemini 4 controller has a smaller footprint and has optimised design and software; Photo: Courtesy of Robert Bosch GmbH