Automated handling and sorting for carton cases at Tasty Foods SA
What TASTY FOODS required was an automated handling and sorting process for carton cases to be palletized, aiming at reduced costs and increased production and warehousing flexibility.
ZENON AUTOMATION designed and installed an integrated solution, which completes the process in four (4) steps:
Step 1: Carton Case Labelling & Handling
Operators close the carton cases and apply barcode labels on two sides of the case. Then, they place the carton cases on the main conveyor line, leading from the production to the palletizing area, achieving a speed of more than 20 cases per minute. The main automation control system ensures a smooth flow of the carton cases.
Step 2: Case Barcode Reading
Two fixed-position barcode scanners, connected to the main control system through a network, read the barcode label applied on the carton case while it is moving and automatically match it to a product code.
Step 3: Carton Case Sorting
After the product code is identified, the product is matched to one out of twenty (20) out-feed lines and the carton case sorting is completed with the help of a brake & pusher system.
Step 4Case Grouping & Palletizing
The cases that were sorted to the twenty (20) out-feed lines are appropriately grouped, so that the robotic arm can take them with an especially designed gripper and palletize them.
The benefits for TASTY FOODS arising from the automated handling and sorting of cases are:
- Reduced operational costs and increased productivity
- Minimum human errors
- Production control and monitoring through statistics on produced codes, rejected items, etc.
- Creation of the necessary infrastructure for automated palletizing systems
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