Operators generally spend over 50%, and sometimes as much as 80% of their time feeding the cardboard-blank magazine of a case packing system with consumables. Extremely time consuming, this task is also a recognized cause of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Cermex, the case packing division of Gebo Cermex, has launched FlexiLoad, which handles magazine loading fully automatically for any high-speed case packing system. The patent pending solution will improve working conditions, and enable operators to devote their
time to other, higher value added tasks. Consisting of a 6-axis robot, a universal gripping tooling, and a PC-based software, FlexiLoad can handle Regular Slotted Containers (RSCs), wraparound blanks or trays. With FlexiLoad, Cermex is addressing the requirements of the industry by offering an innovative response that can enhance the ergonomics of both new equipment and also existing installed machinery, through a retrofit.
Going from spending 50% to 80% of their time to less than 10% (replacing empty pallets with full pallets) on stocking up the case packing system, operators are available for working on other, higher value added tasks. For example, the operator has more time for performing quality control operations or for sample picking. The positive ROI in terms of organizational improvement and of productivity gains comes in addition to the 100% industrial ROI in only one year for a line operating continuously round the clock, due to the particularly attractive price positioning of FlexiLoad.
The FlexiLoad automatic loading solution can be fitted to a new installation or to existing lines. The detection system incorporated into the tooling makes the module totally independent of the existing case packing system, both mechanically and as regards automation. A facilitating feature is that its footprint is very small – Flexi Loadfits into the same footprint as the manual solution. Finally, the robot adapts to most packaging pallet configurations available from cardboard manufacturers, while also accepting large positioning tolerances. FlexiLoad can even generate logistics savings by enabling higher pallet heights, because they are not limited by the height of the operator.