HIGH CAPACITY

Air Grip is a patented, efficient, safe and flexible bottle gripper for MOTOMAN® robots. With Air Grip it is possible to handle up to 47 000 bottles/hour with only two robots.

With our robots and the Air Grip tool you will experience a trouble free high capacity production with minimized standstills and low air pressure requirement. The economic benefits are many.

FLEXIBILITY

The Air Grip tool has been developed to meet the demands for a flexible application in bottling plants. The same basic concept can be used in both small and large companies and for a variety of purposes. It is easy to use, has a long lifespan and handles the majority of glass or plastic bottles types and trays.

Your production can easily be adjusted to the varying demands of the market and high standards of production reliability are met.

AIRGRIP PLAYS SAFE AND SAVES TIME

The Air Grip gripper tool comes in a basic model. In which the rubber gripping cuffs are replaced when worn by unlocking and pulling out the gripping head compartment. The cuffs are designed in five standard sizes covering most of the current assortment of bottles.

The Air Grip tool for bottle handling has been developed to meet the demands for a flexible application in bottling plants. The same basic concept can be used in both small and large companies and for a variety of purposes.

The technology is adapted to meet the requirments of individual produktion lines, production speeds and product development.

EASY TO HANDLE

The cuffs are made in five standard sizes covering most of the current assortment of bottles. If required, we can also develop a custom made design according to your need.

The rubber gripping cuffs can be replaced by hand and does not require any tools. Bottles are locked in place with the air pressure in the cuff instead of by mechanical means.

This substantially increases the life span of the gripping cuff. Open ended gripping cuffs allow free bottle height and that also helps reduce the risk of a production hault caused by jammed caps.

CUSTOMER BENEFITS

HIGH CAPACITY

FLEXIBILITY

SPEED

SAFETY

case - Kiviks Musteri

INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY - IMPROVED WORKING CONDITIONS

CHALLENGE

The facility in Stenhamra had a production line with an existing machine for bottles in multipack supplemented with manual handling of free bottles and bottle holding trays. It had become unsatisfactory both in terms of the working environment and capacity, and the machinery was overdue for replacement.

Kiviks Musteri wanted to have a better and more efficient production line on the existing floor space while keeping the functional equipment, like safety fence, pallet magazines, conveyors etc. It should handle both multipack and free bottles. It was also important that the new production line should be able to operate with the same capacity regardless of the skill of the individual operator.

SOLUTION

Yaskawa Nordic and ABTrygg worked out a solution with two palletizing robots that could replace the human operators on the existing floor space.  These two palletizing robots, MPL500 and MPL80, are able to work separately with different tasks, as well as cooperating in order to speed up the cycle times. The touch panel enables operators to easily choose preprogrammed robot jobs that runs the production work flow through the robot line.

RESULT

The robotic cell is working well in its current two shift operation. A potential future improvement is for the small MPL80 to take over the task of supplying new trays, which will save one operator of doing so manually.

SHORT FACT

Customer: Kiviks Musteri
Product: Soft drinks
Country: Sweden
Installed: 2018
Industry: Brewery
Application: Bottle handling

System components:

MPL500 robot, MPL80 robot, Air Grip tool, Roller top gripper, Sorting table, Existing conveyors etc.

 

BOTTLE SORTING TABLE

The bottle sorting table conveyor can be used either for free bottles, or bottles in multipack. For free bottles the robot lifts, in one single motion, a special bottle lane divider tool and places it on top of the sorting table. When the table is to be used for multipacks, the robot simply removes the lane divider again.

• Small footprint.

• Quick and easy change between multipacks and free bottles.

• Bottle lines for 0.5; 1.0; 1.5 or 2.0 litres.

SAFETY CROSS FEATURE

  • Easy changeover – thanks to the safety cross – saves time.
  • Change the gripper in less than 3 min.
  • Easy to clean – thanks to clever design and ability to dismantle without tools.
  • No tools needed for disassembly – thanks to clever design.
  • Safety cross – Air Grip frame is held securely and cannot be unhooked.

MASTERS OF DRIVES, MOTION AND CONTROL

YASKAWA Electric Corporation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the fields of drive technology, industrial automation and robotics based in Kitakyushu, Japan. Founded in 1915, we see ourselves as a pioneer in these sectors, always striving to optimise the productivity and efficiency of machines and industrial systems with our innovations.

The European headquarters are located in Frankfurt, Germany. Robot controllers for the European market are currently manufactured in the factory in Sweden. The first MOTOMAN robots from an all-European production are expected to roll off the production line in Slovenia in 2018.

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