Syntegon adds cartoner with integrated robots

The pick rate of the delta robots depends on the product. Typically it’s between 60 and 90 products per minute, Syntegon claims, and can reach 120 products per minute

Syntegon has expanded its secondary packaging portfolio with the Sigpack TTMD. The device combines core technologies of the TTM platform with one or more integrated Delta robot cells.

The machine’s camera-based vision control system detects products on the infeed belt. Delta robots pick single or multiple products arriving in random order and place them in cartons, trays or other containers according to specifications. For additional packaging flexibility, the topload cartoner can also simultaneously pack different products from several infeed processes. The machine also uses the tool-less format changeover concept from the TTM platform, enabling a vertical restart after each format change.

Following the single- or multi-pick process, the robotic arms pick the products from the belt and place them in the cartons either in a flat or on-edge position. The process is organised according to the counterflow principle: the cartons move in the opposite direction to the product. This is designed to reduce the reject rate and makes sure that each carton is filled correctly. The robots can track on the infeed conveyor and the carton transport, which reportedly allows products to be continuously loaded into the cartons.

The cartoner increases presentation options at the point of sale: it offers the possibility of inserting the products either flat or on-edge into the carton. Since products from several process sources can be fed into the TTMD, a selection of different products, such as small bags containing different snacks, can be packed into one carton.

A single operator is able to perform format changes independently and restart the machine without having to readjust the format parts.

“The Sigpack TTMD expands our portfolio by a cartoning machine that uses the proven core technologies of the TTM platform, while the integrated Delta robots increase the range of products and pack styles. We are pleased that we have already been able to sell the first Sigpack TTMD and further inquiries are already being processed,” said Michael Haas, product manager for secondary packaging at Syntegon.

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