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Pearson Launches Standardized Case Packer for Horizontal, Vertical Loading

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June 24, 2021

Pearson Packaging Systems, which develops end-of-line packaging automation, has launched its RTL-HV, a standardized, modular case packing solution that can load horizontally and vertically. The unit addresses the needs of manufacturers of lightweight products with flexible packaging formats, such as bags, pouches, or flow-wrapped products, as well as those looking for cost-efficient yet flexible solutions.

The RTL-HV uses a delta-style FANUC DR-3iB/8L robot to either pick and pack products flat into a case or to form patterns in preparation for the vertical loading, completed by a FANUC M-710iC/50 articulated arm robot. Resembling a catcher’s mitt, the robot collects a full product pattern before the end-of-arm tool clamps down to secure the load as it is being placed into the case.

Pearson said customers can purchase the delta-robot model (RTL-HZ) by itself if they pack products in a horizontal fashion. If they load products upright for shelf-ready applications, or require the flexibility to pack both horizontally and vertically, the delta-style robot is linked together with the articulated-arm robot. While the base model can load 65 products per minute horizontally and 10 cases per minute vertically, adding additional delta robots and/or catchers can increase the speed up to 165 PPM horizontally and 18 CPM vertically, Pearson said. Vision and line-tracking allow continuous motion within the delta unit, enabling products to be presented in random orientation, eliminating the need for extensive product conditioning solutions.

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A delta-style FANUC DR-3iB/8L picks and packs products flat into a case, or to form patterns in preparation for vertical loading.

“Standardization promotes shorter lead times and reduces costs – highly attractive benefits that manufacturers across the country are desperately looking for,” said Andrea Zaman, chief operating officer at Pearson Packaging Systems. “However, from an engineering perspective, standardization leads to narrowing of applications to guarantee the reliability of the solution. We had to strike a good balance. As an equipment provider specializing in top-load packaging applications, focusing on flexible products is a natural fit for us, one we have decades of experience with. Narrowing it further to lightweight products, in this case up to 2 lbs., allowed us to design a high-performing, yet flexible solution for horizontal and vertical loading needs.”

Advanced features that are part of the base price include remote access, high-visibility machine status lighting, non-contact interlocks, CAT-3 Safety Circuits, an easily accessible grace port, and auxiliary operator station, Pearson said. More details are available here.

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