ESS Technologies to introduce new robot case erector / loader at Interphex PR 2012

ESS Technologies, Inc. will introduce the new Robotic Case Erecting and Loading System at this year's Interphex PR conference and exhibition at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico October 4-5, 2012.

ESS and our strategic partner, FANUC Robotics America, will co-exhibit in Booth #1202, where visitors will see demonstrations of both the new case erecting/loading system as well as a high-speed pick and place robotic cell that integrates a color vision system.

The Robotic Case Erecting and Loading System integrates a FANUC LR Mate 200iC/5L multi-axis robot with ESS-designed end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) to create a compact and low-cost case packing system. Vacuum cups on the robot EOAT pick an RSC case blank from a magazine. The case is erected, the bottom is taped closed, and the case is placed in the loading position. For the Interphex PR demonstration, bottles will be fed to the robotic cell via a conveyor and collated into the correct 4x3 pack pattern. The robot will then pick the entire pack pattern and load it into the case. The case may be sealed manually, or secondary closing systems can be integrated. The system will handle up to 5 cases per minute, providing an automated alternative to manual case packing processes. The custom designed EOAT can be configured to handle a wide variety of products.

In Booth 1202, ESS and FANUC Robotics America will also demonstrate the M-1iA multi-axis robot in a pick and place / sorting application. The flexible M-1iA uses a color vision system to identify and pick “pills” of various colors and sort them into separate bottles. The M-1iA robot is a lightweight and compact robot designed for high-speed picking and small part handling. The unique parallel-link structure enables quick motion, and a camera for the iRVision system integrates easily into the robot housing. In the Interphex PR demonstration, the robot will sort pills at a rate of 100 per minute. Both the LR Mate 200iC/5L and M-1iA robots use the FANUC R-30iA Mate Controller, which is available in stand-alone and rack-mount configurations. The controller offers extended network I/O capabilities and supports a variety of intelligent functions, including iRVision and force sensing.
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