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Americas: Gentle robotic palletizer exhibits at Pack Expo 2016

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MGS Machine introduces its Collaborative Palletizer at Pack Expo that is made to work alongside humans.

It eliminates the need for a safety fence, which cuts floorspace requirements in half compared to traditional robotic palletizers.

Replacing manual palletizing, this automated solution improves productivity while reducing labor costs and the injuries associated with heavy lifting and repetitive motion.

Ideal for manufacturers and contract packers of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, medical devices and other products, MGS’ Collaborative Palletizer handles cases weighing up to 35 kg at speeds of up to six cases per minute.

There is a fully serialized integrated packaging line for life science companies working to comply with e-pedigree serialization and track-and-trace initiatives.

Aggregated child-parent-grandparent relationships of serial numbers can be created from primary packages to secondary packages to pallet loads.

Anchored by Fanuc’s new CR-35ia collaborative robot, MGS adds value with their applications expertise, programming capabilities, end effector tooling and integration services that encompass secondary packaging and end-of-line solutions.

The CR-35ia is based on a Fanuc robot that that gently stops if it comes into contact with an operator.

Once stopped, the operator can reposition it before restarting the program to begin where it left off by using a conveniently located button.

Featuring a soft foam cover that protects workers who make direct contact and a distinctive green color that visibly differentiates a collaborative robot from Fanuc’s traditional yellow-colored robots, the CR-35ia is certified to meet all safety requirements for sharing space with people.

For changeover environments with applications that require different end effectors, MGS designed a tool-less change that can be achieved in less than five minutes.

Pallet patterns, saved as recipes in the system’s memory, can be recalled to achieve a change in seconds.

The show will be held from November 6 to 9 in Chicago, US.