The fully automatic EMDE Big Bag filling system works e.g. with a pre-weighing system, which is equipped with a weighing hopper suspended from the silo ceiling. The maximum useful content of this weighing hopper is 2,000 kg and has proven itself over the years. The interaction of this pre-weighing system and the fast actuators of the machine and the robot enables to achieve a cycle time of 90 seconds per big bag. That means every 90 seconds a filled, calibrated and tightly closed big bag leaves the conveyor roller of the filling system, including a product label with information about the batch, weight, and other product-specific data.
The powerful camera system recognizes the position and orientation of the empty big bag within a part of a second and provides the robot with the necessary coordinates to pick it up. The robot purposefully positions our self-developed gripping system onto the empty big bag so that it can be picked up safely. Eight different sensors detect and monitor the position of the big bag in the robot gripper and, in the event of a fault, ensure that a faulty big bag is thrown away reliably.
With the help of the dynamically controlled, electrical linear axes of the robot gripper, the big bag is then transferred to the load hook into the filling station. As a result, the big bag, as if hung in by the operator, hangs on four automatic pneumatic load hooks, which have also been used in the EMDE standard big bag filling systems for years. The remaining process steps are analogous to manual big bag filling. Only the automatic closing system of the big bags makes a difference. Using a clip-closing apparatus, as it is often used on a smaller scale in the sausage industry, the big bag gets tightly closed.Click here for related articles and news
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