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A Fanuc Robotics M410iB palletising robot has been installed at Panasonic’s Cardiff facility as part of an end-of-line palletising solution.

Smurfit Kappa’s (SKMS) solution was to design and install a conveyor system to collect from each of the eight manufacturing cells.

They then merge into a single conveyor, taking all ovens to a palletising area where they are identified by a single barcode reader and then directed to one of eight holding conveyors.

When a holding area has sufficient ovens for completing a pallet, the ovens travel a short distance to the palletising pickup location.

The system PLC provides palletising-pattern and quantity details to the Fanuc Robotics robot.

SKMS developed a gripper to accommodate all variants of oven which weigh from 15 to 35kg.

The robot picks up two ovens at a time and places them in the correct pattern to optimise pallet size.

The pallet patterns are optimised to suit Panasonic’s warehouse requirements.

Average time to complete a pallet is 1min.

The SMKS system performs automatic stretch wrapping of the stacked ovens and secures the stack suitable for column stacking in the warehouse.

FANUC UK provides industrial automation solutions ranging from the supply of CNC controllers, robots, drilling machines, EDM and injection moulding machines through to the complete integration of factory automation systems.

Providing a single customer support portal for its three core businesses, FANUC comprises FA — CNC controllers, motors and drives; robotics — industrial robots and systems; robomachines — EDM, injection moulding and drilling machines.

CNC

FANUC’s FA business manufactures CNC controls, drive systems and laser systems. With a 65 per cent market share in the global CNC control sector, FANUC is the market leader. FANUC CNC is the controller of choice for the world’s leading machine tool manufacturers; continuously developing functionality sees FANUC CNC control being used in a wide range of applications — combining powerful control and high precision with unparalleled reliability.

FANUC servo drives and motors are well proven — aimed at the machine builder, they offer the widest range of high-performance compact designs.  The high availability and ease of maintenance together with world-class, energy-efficient designs make them the motors of choice for thousands of OEMs around the world.

Robotics 

FANUC’s robotics business manufactures the widest range of robots in the world for applications from micro-electronics assembly to the forging of precision aerofoils for jet engines — in industries as diverse as pharmaceutical and potato processing — and with maximum payloads from 1kg to 1,350kg. More than 280,000 FANUC robots are operating worldwide, with production currently geared to meet demands of 5,000 per month. FANUC robots are truly ‘out-of-the-box’ automation designed to be totally flexible and, with application-specific options, straightforward to integrate.

Robomachine

FANUC’s robomachine business manufactures Robodrill machining centres, Robocut EDM machines and Roboshot electric injection-moulding machines. Using FANUC components throughout, the robomachine business builds on the advanced technology, reliability, energy efficiency and innovation of its own controllers, drives and motors. With a focus on energy efficiency and high reliability, the robomachine business developed the first all-electric injection-moulding machines — Roboshot — changing the mould shop into a much cleaner and quieter environment.

Customer support

From initial sales contact with FANUC through the life of the product, FANUC provides one single contact point to make sure support is always at hand with up-to-date advice, genuine warranted parts and, whenever possible, obsolescence avoidance solutions that ensure the lifetime delivery of maximum efficiency.

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