The first station of the packaging line, scans the incoming products (infeed from the customer's production line) The system is equipped with:
- a bar-code reader to scan the barcode applied by the customer including the item code.
- a measuring device to detect length, width and height
- a device to detect the support panel automatically
2On Demand Box Production
To produce tailor-made boxes the system was equipped with a Varybox packaging machine featuring 6 fanfold slots. At the outfeed of the packaging machine a belt conveyor transfers the box to the next station.
3Station for cutting and applying protections
The special feature of this system is that it is able to produce honeycomb cardboard panels used as protections and placed inside the open box.
At the next station the protections prepared by the cutting station are applied to the packaging. It includes 2 manipulators that apply 2 protective pads at a time onto the open box, according to a pre-set pattern based on the size of the packaging.
4Coupling of Box & Item
The item is positioned onto the box and moves towards the closing station of the packaging line. A robot places the aligned item on top of the open box produced by the packaging line. The box moves on to a belt conveyor where the coupling of the item with the box takes place. Afterwards the parcel moves on to the closing station of the packaging line.
The box is closed on top and the front flaps are sealed with hotmelt glue. It includes the following stations:
1- Wrapping station: a handling robot wraps the box around the pre-packed item; then a holding device glues the upright flap onto the outside of the box using hotmelt glue;
2- Front end closing station: the station folds and glues the 4 front end flaps of the box. the front end of one box and the back end of the previous box are closed in a single process. The boxes can also be of different sizes.
As soon as the gluing operation is completed, the box is transferred to the unloading station on a belt conveyor positioned at the outfeed of the closing station.