Robot packing and conveyor

Collaborative robots Baxter and Sawyer from Rethink Robotics are now becoming integrated into heat sealers from Sonoco Alloyd. The partnership enables the packaging machinery maker to provide a full automation solution for their clients that is versatile, adaptable and low expense.

The robots will be part of an built-in component transfer and sealing method on all blister machines from Sonoco Alloyd, which includes its blister-to-card, blister-to-blister or healthcare-grade lidding-to-blister tray sealers.

Jeff Christensen, vp/common supervisor of Sonoco Alloyd, states, “Rethink Robotics offers a differentiated technology that we have started to use in our personal factories, and we are now capable to pass these innovations on to our clients as well.”

Rethink Robotics president/CEO Scott Eckert says, “Sonoco Alloyd understands that collaborative robots are a huge component of the long term of manufacturing, and they can provide extra value to the dependable automation they are already offering to their customers. The combination of these two fantastic solution strains is a huge competitive advantage for companies everywhere.”

Kim Sanderson, advertising professional at Sonoco Alloyd, tells us more about the company’s strategic alliance with Rethink Robotics and its benefits:

There are other collaborative robots in the industry. Why did you determine to spouse with Rethink Robotics?

Sanderson: Relieve of use. The robots from Rethink Robotics are person helpful. No sophisticated programing abilities are needed.

Why is a collaborative robot a better automation option in this occasion than other obtainable mechanical or mechatronic alternatives?

Sanderson: It is a multi-use answer. Baxter is programmable to load, unload, pack, unpack. We can use Baxter loading product and blisters and also unload on the back again side of the equipment. Baxter can also be utilized in other features in the facility as well—anything with repetitive motion.

How will you or the consumer determine regardless of whether to use a Baxter or Sawyer robot?

Sanderson: Sonoco Alloyd would do a consumer web site analysis to determine which robotic would best meet our customer’s special requirements.

Consumers could purchase the robots individually and integrate them on their own. What is the reward to them purchasing the robotic presently integrated into your program?

Sanderson: The benefit for us is the same as the benefit for our customers—it makes Sonoco Alloyd a 1-cease shop, meeting more of our customers’ requirements in 1 place.

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