Flexible robotic distribution line for chocolate

The robotic distribution line can be used for the management of flat-based asymmetrical chocolate pralines.
(Image: ACMA)

ACMA, a Coesia company, will present solutions for different industries at this years interpack in Düsseldorf. Among other things the company will show a robotic distribution line for the management of flat-based asymmetrical chocolate pralines. 

At interpack 2023 Coesia presents Greenmation, Coesia’s response to the current trend prompted by the consumer demands towards reusable and recyclable packaging solutions, whilst manufacturers face labor shortages and production cost increases.

“In this complex situation, Coesia believes that the answer to this profitability-threatening challenge lies in supporting a revolution in production which is capable of combining the principles of automation and sustainability in the industries of Food & Beverage, Pharma & Personal Care, and Cross Industry Automation.”

Alessandro Parimbelli, Coesia Chief Executive Officer

The booth will be structured into three areas (Food & Beverage, Pharma & Personal Care, and Cross Industry Automation) where technicians and experts will present the latest solutions presented by the Group: ACMA, Atlantic Zeiser, CITUS KALIX, EMMECI, FlexLink, G.D, GF, HAPA, NORDEN, R.A Jones, and VOLPAK.

Developed in partnership with Schneider Electric, the demo solution that ACMA presents at interpack 2023 is an automated robotic distribution for Confectionery made of two different product handling stations, showing ACMA’s engineering capabilities in the management of automated pick and place of flat-based products with shape and surface irregular. The line simulation will have products coming randomly, then the first robot will sort and orient the chocolate pralines in rows (also thanks to the support of a camera directly connected to the robotic arm). The second one, equipped with a multiple gripping hand, inserts the product correctly oriented inside the CW 600 feeding conveyor, finally wrapped by the latter in bunch style.

ACMA Smart Handling. The demo solution robot will be shown at interpack 2023
(Image: ACMA)

The line is also supported by smart systems for real-time production process control, a camera system developed in collaboration with the Coesia Engineering Center (CEC), allowing the monitoring of the movement of the chocolate pralines during the line process. This tool can give the operator a clear view of what is happening to a specific portion of products in the various steps of the process, making any problems along the way easily identifiable and supporting flow optimization.

CW 600 F is a multi-style technology for packaging flat-based chocolate pralines which on this occasion will have a “bunch” wrapping style, capable of working with different wrapping materials, including mono-materials such as aluminium, PP, PVC and cellophane. At the same time, the flexibility of the machine allows the handling of multi-layer or paper-based materials. With this wrapping style, ACMA wants to show the precision of its machines thanks to the necessary correspondence between the shapes of the chocolate praline and the designs presents on its wrapping. At interpack, CW 600 is equipped with Coesia OptiMate Premium and PerforMate digital solutions.

 Source: ACMA

ACMA at interpack: Hall 6, Booth D31-D57

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