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Offering the standard building blocks, the R.A Jones intelligent Flexible Transfer System (iFTS) draws upon a library of fixed automation, various robot types and sizes, and standard or custom tooling to optimize a solution to meet production needs and improve efficiency within the packaging line.
The iFTS being displayed at the show will demonstrate the receiving of product from upstream systems, such as a Volpak SI-180 pouch machine, which are then placed upon magnetic levitating shuttles that transport, group, and orient the pouches for side-loading of cartons from three- to eight-count variations.
The system integrates a four-axis robotic pick and place, offering enhanced pouch size change flexibility. Depending on sizing, product can span across two magnetic shuttles. By rotating and collating products so more can fit in the carton, the iFTS can help brands cut down on overall carton volume by 10 to 20% and create a more sustainable packaging option.
Placed on the shuttle, the machine automatically responds to substitute another shuttle in its place in some scenarios. By combining appropriate digital technology, robotics, and tooling, the iFTS can provide greater production efficiency, reliability, and flexibility within packaging operations.
The transfer system is suitable for a variety of products, including bulk packs and dry foods, such as snacks, cereal, and candy. Standard frame mounting, guarding, and overhead enclosures can be readily adapted around other machines in the line, while lower frame mounting enables easy integration of conveyors and other equipment. The system offers a smaller footprint and is scalable, so units can be grouped in a line or in different configurations to incorporate larger robots or solve different problems, such as packaging heavier products.
The iFTS can be purchased alongside other Coesia company machinery to create a fully integrated system or individually with an R.A Jones pouching machine or cartoner.