ESS Technologies has integrated the TaskMate® Robotic Blister Loading System with a Starview Packaging Machinery blister sealing machine to create a fully automatic system for loading and sealing blister packages. The ESS robotic cell combines a Fanuc M-1iA robot with ESS-designed, end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) to create a system that reduces repetitive motion in loading blister sealing machines and other types of packaging machinery. The TaskMate system works in a number of packaging environments, including cleanroom settings.
The compact tabletop platform design with Category 4 interlocked and gasketed polycarbonate safety guarding and “quick connect” EOAT easily integrates with most process or packaging equipment. Enhanced motion control, speed, vision, and robotic dexterity make the TaskMate system ideal for repetitive pick-and-place applications. The robot EOAT can be designed to handle one or multiple products in a single pick. Spreading mechanisms allow the tooling to fan the picked product to fit the blister platen configuration (e.g., 1x2, 1x4, 2x2, 2x4, 2x5, etc.), allowing the robotic loader to easily match cycle speeds and maximize the productivity of the blister packaging machine.