CONDOR MULTIFUNCTION ROBOT (Company news)
Condor is a latest generation multifunction robot used at the end of the line with palletisation systems. The robot is equipped with gripping heads able to handle any type of container and can be programmed to handle different products at the same time.
Condor is used in medium-low speed production lines of the food and beverage sectors. It is a robot that can move along 4 or 6 axes and can be associated with the Twisterbox, providing a complete palletisation system. The robot can aso be used as a crater or decrater. The main reason that the Condor can be integrated into a packaging line is due to the gripping heads that ACMI designs on a made to measure basis for any type of container. The gripping head can perform up to 3 functions at the same time: handling the product, inserting the interlayers and positioning the pallets. One of the most common applications for which the robot is more appropriate than a traditional palletiser is the handling of multiliners. These are lines that produce different products at the same time. Condor can handle and palletise, on different pallets, two products with packaging of different dimensions or can palletise simultaneously the packed product on one side and the loose product on the other.
The Condor robot is also used for the palletisation of loose bottles on "pallet displays". The machine is able to handle the palletisation on whole and half pallets.
Flexibility and reliability are the strengths of this machine. The flexibility is the ability to handle any format by means of suitable gripping heads. It is important to stress that the gripping head changeovers can take place fully automatically, without any operator intervention. The reliability of the machine is ensured by the strength of the materials used which also implies less maintenance. The Condor robot is a machine that does not require any further intervention once the operating cycle has been programmed. It is also possible to add new formats over the course of time through the simple re-programming and use of specific gripping heads.
One of the most interesting applications is the one that sees the Condor robot used as a crater, decrater and carton packer. In this version the robot is effectively used on returnable and non returnable glass lines, both with carton packaging and plastic crates.
The exceptional flexibility of this machine is demonstrated by the ability to handle at the same time different products from separate lines and palletise them onto dedicated pallets. In other words, the Condor can handle packs with different dimensions and palletise them is such a way as to form two identical pallets. Another interesting application is where the Condor palletises, on the one hand, loose bottles using a “tulip” head and, on the other, cartons or packs using an “openable platform” head. In this configuration, the layer of cartons or packs is prepared by the Twisterbox and the head changeover to handle the two different formats, loose bottles and cartons, takes place fully automatically.
The 4 or 6 axes Condor robot can be used on a bottling line for 5 gallon bottles and for big bottles. Through a series of specially designed conveyors, the big bottles reach the work area where they are picked up by the robot and inserted into special racks or palletised onto a traditional pallet. In this type of line, the Condor can perform both palletisation and depalletisation functions, in alternating cycles, too. The products can be stored on racks and on traditional pallets without the need to change the gripping head but simply by operating the work programme. In addition to the 5 gallon containers, the Condor robot can handle big bottles such as, for example, those of 10 to 15 litres. Thanks to the multifunction heads, the robot is able to handle, during the work cycle, interlayers and pallets, too.