UK-based packing equipment designer and manufacturer Pacepacker Services has announced the launch of a range of second-user Blu-Robot pick and place systems.
The new system, which incorporates a second user robotic arm, has been launched in response to demands of manufacturers for more economical automation solutions.
Claimed to be suitable for a wide range of applications, Pacepacker's pre-owned Blu-Robot range incorporates 20 different gripper end effectors, which pick-up and place singular or multiple tubs, trays, netted products, bulk bags and boxes with speeds of 30 cycles per minute.
Pacepacker Services managing director Dennis Allison said the company realises that new automation systems can be cost prohibitive for low volume packers or seasonal producers in particular.
"To address this the second-user Blu-Robot pick and place system, which is typically half the cost of a new robot, presents an affordable option for smaller packers looking to benefit from automation and still achieve a realistic ROI," Allison said.
The Blu-Robot, which incorporates a Fanuc robotic arm, is said to be about 35% of the way through its expected lifespan.
In 2011, Pacepacker launched a pre-owned Blu-Robot palletising system which provided an economical alternative to first-user systems to automation-shy SME manufacturers as well as seasonal packers.
According to the company, the success of the initiative has led to the launch of the Blu-Robot pick and place system.