Spokane, WA – Today, Pearson Packaging Systems, an industry-trusted authority in end-of-line packaging automation, launches its RTL-HV, a standard, modular case packing solution capable of loading horizontally and vertically. The unit specifically addresses the needs of manufacturers of light-weight products with flexible packaging formats, such as bags, pouches or flow-wrapped items. Being increasingly pressured to automate in an environment characterized by labor shortages, mounting supply-chain costs, and a proliferation of SKU’s and pack patterns, manufacturers are looking for cost-efficient, fast-turnaround yet highly flexible solutions.
The RTL-HV is Pearson’s answer. The modular design uses a delta-style FANUC DR-3iB/8L robot to either pick and pack products flat into a case or to form patterns in preparation for the vertical loading completed by a FANUC M-710iC/50 articulated arm robot. Resembling a catcher’s mitt, this robot collects a full product pattern before the end-of-arm tool clamps down to secure the load as it is being placed into the case.
Customers can purchase the delta-robot module (RTL-HZ) by itself if they pack products exclusively in a horizontal fashion. If they load products upright for shelf-ready applications or require the flexibility to pack both, horizontally and vertically, the delta-style and articulated-arm robot modules are linked together. While the base model is capable of loading 65 products/min (PPM) horizontally and 10 cases/min (CPM) vertically, adding further deltas and/or catchers can increase the speed up to 160 PPM horizontally and 18 CPM vertically. Vision and line-tracking facilitate continuous motion within the delta unit, maximizing performance and reducing mechanical wear, but also enable products to be presented in random orientation, which eliminates the need for extensive product conditioning solutions.
“Standardization promotes shorter lead times and reduced costs – highly attractive benefits that manufacturers across the country are desperately looking for. However, from an engineering perspective, standardization leads to narrowing of applications to guarantee the reliability of the solution. We had to strike a good balance”, explains Andrea Zaman, Chief Operating Officer at Pearson Packaging Systems. “As an equipment provider specialized in top-load packaging applications, focusing on flexible products is a natural fit for us, one we have decades of experience with. Narrowing it further to light-weight products, in this case up to 2lbs, then allowed us to design a high-performing, yet flexible solution for horizontal and vertical loading needs.”
Standardization is also an important consideration for Pearson when it comes to advanced features. Just like with every Pearson machine, remote access, high-visibility machine status lighting, non-contact interlocks, CAT-3 Safety Circuits, an easily accessible grace port and auxiliary operator station are included in the base price.
About Pearson Packaging Systems
With its portfolio of case erectors, robotic top-loaders, sealers and robotic palletizers, Pearson Packaging Systems specializes in secondary packaging automation solutions to overcome labor cost and supply, safety, quality and throughput challenges. The OEM and turnkey system integrator offers a single source supplier experience that enables its customers to enjoy uniform machine interfaces, standardized machine features, industry-leading delivery times and a single point of accountability.
To provide flexible and scalable solutions and minimize total cost of ownership, Pearson Packaging Systems is dedicated to the application of advanced technologies and a user-centric design. Since its inception more than 65 years ago, a diverse set of high-volume manufacturers and distributors in the food, beverage, personal care, chemical and online commerce industries has relied on Pearson’s products and services to meet their growth and profitability objectives. To date, Pearson has deployed over 21,000 machines, servicing the erect, pack, seal and palletize marketplace.