Container Loading Systems utilising AGV and Robotics


Container Loading Automation SolutionThe solution is automated container loading primarily for chilled cartons. Although some semi-automated or load assistance devices exist for container packing of frozen cartons, MAR saw a need to develop alternative solutions where chilled meat cartons were being packed in containers for shipping. Design and technology arose from a need of a more reliable, efficient, productive and safer container loading process. The automated container loading was developed to address the problems of manual labour handling of the packages which includes high labour costs, Reject Reduction, OH&S, Rates, Traceability, Quality and Automation. The solution includes a world-class vision system and quality assurance technology that is able to trace every single package and remove any damaged cartons and highlights accuracy, efficiency, productivity and safety.

System operation involves:

 

  • Cartons are conveyed via traversable conveyor fixed to an AGV system
  • All barcodes on cartons are scanned for traceability and confirmation
  • All cartons are 3D profiled to detect carton bulge
  • Cartons are then unloaded from conveyor via robot mounted on AGV and stacked in container in required stacking pattern
  • AGV, Robot and conveyor traverses in and out of container as required
  • Cycle repeats until container is full

 

Major Benefits:

 

  • Labour reduction
  • Reject  reduction—minimise product loss and rejection due to carton damage
  • OH&S—reduced number of injuries and accidents
  • Traceability—proof of load, traceability of loaded carton scanned and catalogued
  • Quality—reduced manual handling promotes better quality end product
  • Automation—provides ideal platform for carton automation (chiller, freezers, sortation, palletising)
  • Improved rates – loading times quicker, improving turnaround time & carton cooling efficiencies
  • Improved efficiencies – consistent and repeatable operations

 

Case Studies

MAR wins the APPMA 2015 Design Achievement Award for Container Loading

Machinery Automation & Robotics (MAR) are proud to be awarded the winner of the APPMA 2015 Design Achievement Award for Container Loading. The solution is automated container loading primarily for chilled cartons. Although some semi-automated or load assistance devices exist for container packing of frozen cartons, MAR saw a need to develop alternative solutions where chilled meat cartons 

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