Mounted on a MOTOMAN handling robot, the patented tool enables reliable, flexible and fast loading/ unloading of glass and plastic bottles in crates, trays and multipacks.
Strong and robust gripping cuffs ensure a secure grip on the bottlenecks, even in high-speed applications, without damaging the screw caps. The bottles are lifted by means of compressed air. The low level of mechanical stress means reduced maintenance requirements, and because the cuffs are open at the top, there is no restriction in bottle height. In addition, the lightweight tool was designed to enable easy cleaning. The cuffs are available in five standard sizes, and customized designs are also possible. They can be replaced manually without the need for a special tool.
A sorting table with optionally one or two robots rounds off the AirGrip system. It permits the automated feed of either individual bottles or entire multipacks with bottle contents of 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0 litres.
Norwegian beverage manufacturer Roma Mineralvannfabrikk AS is one of many breweries already using AirGrip system including sorting table with considerable success. Its system employs two YASKAWA MOTOMAN robot models: a 5-axis heavy-duty SP800 robot with a payload of 800 kg and a 4-axis MPL500 palletizing robot with a capacity of 500 kg. Due to the higher bottling capacity the company has been able to increase its sales by about 30 %.