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24 May 2021

Mobile robotics and productivity improvement

How mobile robotics increase the productivity of your production plant?

Improve the efficiency in your intralogistics’ operations and reduce your operation costs opting for Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) and Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR).

These Autonomous Smart Vehicles are able to move indoors and outdoors, optimizing the loads movement of the production process.

Thanks to their design and operational flexibility, can be easily integrated into existing production plants, with no need to change layout with machine movements or civil works implementation.
What is the difference? Automatic VS Autonomous
When we talk about AGV (Automatic Guided Vehicle), we are referring to vehicles following a predefined path.

In the case of AMR (Autonomous Mobile Robot), we refer to intelligent vehicles, able to optimally adjust their route according to the conditions of the working environment.
Mobile robotics application in the packaging industry
AND&OR autonomous vehicles are designed to meet the demanding requirements of the beverage, food packaging and blow molding industries.

It is the ideal solution for flexible automation in production plants which require intensive work and complex production flows, as well as constant lay-out and production modifications.

AND&OR has a wide range of vehicles with natural or magnetic navigation, and with a maximum load capacity up to 2,000 kg, providing the highest safety, in order to operate safely together with operators.

AND&OR will analyze the needs of each plant to design the best automation solution thanks to its extensive know-how, defining the models that best adapt to the requirements of each production process to achieve the most efficient solution.

To get an assessment, do not hesitate to contact us.

Mobile robotics enhance the competitive advantage of your business.

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20 Apr 2021

Automation, preform manufacturing

Automatic octabin formation island

For the preforms transport and handling, the use of the octabin format in cardboard is becoming more frequent due to its benefits and advantages compared to metal, wood, or plastic boxes packaging (it supposes a lower unit cost, great recyclability, logistical advantages, lower environmental impact, among others).

The manufacturing process, assembling these octabins or other containers, is a traditionally manual process and not always simple, which consequently increases the operating cost of the final product for manufacturers who transport their goods in this container type.

AND&OR offers to the preform industry the complete automation of octabin formation, its transport to injectors and following pick-up of these once they are completed with product, as well as its labeling and wrapping to the warehouse input.

The automation of this process not only implies a saving in direct labor costs, but also an increase in the quality and traceability of the product during its manufacturing process.

Octabins forming islands are custom designed, according to floor space and specific requirements of each client.

They are usually made up of the following elements:

  • Empty pallet dispenser. (It is complemented with other type containers dispensers if required, metal or plastic box).
  • Base or cover formation area. It is a cardboard forming machine, it can work with hot glue equipment or by of a cardboard fitting system.
  • Body formation area. This operation is studied according to the octabin type, it is generally handled with an anthropomorphic robot.
  • Bag insertion area. Automatic machine to insert a bag inside the body. It is fed with preformed bag rolls. It can work simultaneously with different bag sizes.
  • Junction/sealing between base and body by automatic wrapping machine.
  • Delivery area for formed octabin to injectors: this conveying operation can be done either with AGV or manually with an electric stacker or similar.
  • Pick-up area for complete octavin/with product inside: this conveying operation can be done either with AGV or manually with electric stacker or similar.
  • Automatic cover applicator.
  • Junction/sealing between body and cover by automatic wrapping machine.
  • Octabin labeling machine and delivery to warehouse.

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08 Apr 2021

Automation for the plastic packaging sector

More automation solutions for the plastic packaging sector with FDA

With the acquisition of the company Franco Dolfini Automatismos (FDA), AND&OR now offers MORE solutions and ideas in automation for our customers in the plastic packaging sector.
In this video, we show you some case studies that may be of interest:

  • Unstable bottles handling: Unstable bottle handling lines by magnetic pucks, fitting bottles without base.
  • Flexible compact palletizers: To work with trays and sheets.
  • Robot palletizers: Palletizing unit dealing with several lines simultaneously via anthropomorphic robot.
  • Tube baggers: Conceived for large formats, they mean savings in film consumption, ideal for bottle lines with low production speed.
  • Bagging with sheet: Conical bottles to bag? Problems with bag compactness and pallet stability? Adding a sheet prior to bagging will achieve the desired bag compactness and give the desired stability to the palletization.
These and many more ideas continue to provide added value to our clients, and as a consequence, improving their competitiveness in the industry.

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