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 production 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 - Spendrups

Handling glass bottles and crates with the same Air Grip tool

CHALLENGE

In the brewery business returned bottles need to be separated according to colour before being washed and ready for production.  When moving their sorting station for returned 33 cl glass bottles to a new building, Spendrups had the opportunity of designing their own tailor made solution. Spendrups wanted to achieve a sorting station that was taking up less floor space than the one they were replacing, as glass bottles are in less demand. For working out the specific robotic solution in detail, Spendrups enlisted Kopparbergs Robotteknik who has successfully designed other robot cells for Spendrups.

SOLUTION

From incoming pallets filled with returned glass bottles, still in their red plastic crates, the large MPL500 robot picks up one layer at a time. The robot deposits these crates on a conveyor and makes use of the ingenious dual function of the Air Grip gripper to immediately pick up the bottles from the crates and place them on another conveyor. Thus separating bottles from crates.

A sorting machine then separates the browns and greens from the translucent bottles. These bottles will at the twin robot station, on different conveyors, where the two MPL300 robots also use the Air Grip tool to place bottles into crates, and filled crates on pallets to be transported for washing.

RESULT

The robotic de-palletising and colour separating cell is able to handle 30.000 bottles per hour.
It generally operates on a day shift, but is capable of running on a two shift when the demand is high. Equally important is the fact that the working environment has been improved with a reduced noise level, more user friendly equipment and an increased safety.

SHORT FACTS

Customer: Spendrups AB, Grängesberg
Product: Soft drinks
Country: Sweden
Installed: 2017
Industry: Brewery
Application: Bottle handling

System components:

2x MPL300, 1x MPL500, AirGrip tools
Sorting table

Results: 30.000 bottles/hour, increased safety and improved working conditions

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 rolled off the production line in Slovenia in 2018.

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