End-of-Line Automation includes any equipment involved in the last 30% of the production line. Types of automation commonly found in this area include high-speed picking or placing, case packing, palletizing, and stretch wrapping machines. Typically, various conveyors will connect these pieces of equipment and network them to work in unison. At this stage of the production line, the food, paper, beverage, container, building material, personal care, utility product, etc., is already in its individual format or package, and the end-of-line automation does the final work of grouping, packaging, and palletizing them. Once the products are palletized, stretch wrap equipment performs the final process of securing the packages to the pallet for shipment.
When designing an End-of-Line Automation solution, there are many things to consider, and specific information needs to be gathered. Feed rate, size range, type of material, and floor space available are just a few pieces of data that must be outlined in order to design the best solution possible. In addition, the industry for which the automation is being developed will affect what types of machines or models of equipment will be selected. One common goal, no matter the industry, is to design an End-of-Line Automation solution that will maximize the uptime, efficiency, and reliability of the line at your company.
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End-of-Arm Tools (EOAT)
The automation industry uses the end-of-arm tool to describe the type of tooling designed to attach to the robot, allowing it to perform the required automation task. Standard robotic end-of-arm tools used for palletizing products are Vacuum, Clamp, Spatula, and Full Layer Sweep.
Vacuum End-of-Arm Tooling for Robotic Automation
Vacuum EOATs are one of the most common and efficient types of tools used with robots for palletizing. The speeds at which they can operate and the flexibility for picking products make using a Vacuum system a very attractive solution. The cost of a Vacuum system compared to Clamp or Spatula systems is another advantage.
Clamp End-of-Arm Tooling
Clamp tools rate second in terms of flexibility and speed. Clamp EOATs for robots allow customers to be able to service a wide variety of products. The simplicity of the design also makes them a very affordable option. An important consideration when looking at Clamp EOATs is to make sure the product has enough structural integrity or the packaging is durable enough that the tooling doesn’t damage the product.
Spatula End-of-Arm Tooling
Spatula tools operate very much like what the name suggests. Spatula tools retrieve products by inserting a series of fingers into the underside or bottom of the product or package you are picking. A hold down, typically an air cylinder actuates a plate onto the top side of the product to stabilize during the pick and place process. During the placement process, the tynes or fingers retract. A key benefit to using a Spatula-style gripper is that it's very forgiving and supports the product well. If a package is not rigid and has characteristics that make it delicate to move a Spatula system is a good choice.
Full Layer (Sweep) End-of-Arm Tooling of Robotic Palletizers
When it comes to EOATs Full Layer is a workhorse. These systems have the largest weight and footprint out of all EOAT options, with size comes weight and with weight comes a bigger robot. Full Layer solutions can carry a lot of product but, again, with larger loads speeds are reduced due to weight and robot capacities. Benefits for Full Layer systems include product support, speed, and the ability to handle a wide variety of package types. The downside to Full Layer solutions is that it typically takes a large footprint, system complexity tends to be higher, and these solutions commonly carry a larger price tag for the complete offering. For Kaufman Engineered Systems the KPal K5 group is where you can find our Full Layer offerings.
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As an Authorized Systems Integrator for FANUC Robotics since 2000, Kaufman Engineered Systems applies FANUC robot technology to provide customers with turnkey end-of-line system solutions.
Whether as simple as a single cell palletizing system or as complex as a multi-infeed build station — we’re prepared to match your requirements. No matter the task, we will treat your project with the same integrity and professional response our customers have come to expect and trust since 1946.
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- Increased production
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- Greater line flexibility
- Reduction in labor injuries
- Reduction in staffing requirements
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