Packing and Palletising

Reliance automation can offer you turnkey palletising solutions or work with you and one of our integration partners to design a bespoke solution for your needs.

Robotic palletising systems automate the process of stacking product onto pallets. They can also be programmed to depalletise – an essential part of many production lines.

Robotic palletisers, excel at manipulating the product – turning boxes for display purposes with labels out, or stacking buckets/Tubs and bags – as well as handling high-SKU counts in multi-line operations.

As with any automation, realising the ROI of an automated palletiser requires first the selection of the appropriate robotic solution, and then its proper implementation. At Reliance Automation, our mission is to understand your goals, needs, and aspirations, so that we can apply our experience of both collaborative and Industrial robots to find the best solution to meet your needs.

Olympus Technology palletising solution 

Nachi palletising solution

We offer Palletising solutions from;

Universal Robots Video   and Nachi Robotics Video .

The main benefits of a Robotic Palletising system are:

Improves working conditions and employee safety
The robotic palletiser is programmed to repeat continuous movements and to support heavy loads. It makes it possible to avoid work stoppages due to the strenuous physical effort that an employee needs to load a pallet.
It also eliminates problems associated with fatigue, distraction, injuries and the effects of repetitive and tedious movements.

• Increases production flexibility
Many of the solutions offered by Reliance Automation provide the flexibility make it possible to modify, add and adjust the palletizing pattern as required. It is also possible to change products independently from production. This allows operators to program in real time and independently, production changes.

• Maximize production speed
The repetition of movement at a constant speed and without error makes it possible to assemble a perfect pallet. In addition, some grippers are able to pick up several objects at the same time to increase the rate of production.

Improves the quality of finished products on pallets
Repetition and precision makes the robotic palletiser able to obtain high-quality finish for each product. The tasks performed by the robots eliminate the problems associated with fatigue, distraction and the redundancy which often lead to quality problems of finished products.

Restricted workspace
The robotic palletiser saves more space than conventional palletizing systems. In addition, it can be programmed to work in tight spaces and thus save precious floor space in production areas.

• Reduced Operating Costs
Robotic Palletisers can operate day and night. Workforce can be regulated as supervision requires only a single person for several machines operating at the same time.

Please get in touch to arrange for one of our sales engineers to call and discuss your particular needs and how we can help you out.

Pick and Place

Streamline your material handling, bin picking, labelling and kitting operations with collaborative or industrial robots. Relieve workers from repetitive work and heavy lifting by automating material handling tasks with robot arms. Automation helps you combat the rising costs of new product packaging and shortened product life cycles and makes it easy to keep up with seasonal peaks despite labour shortages.

Robots with innovative grippers, computer vision and machine-learning systems can pick up a wide range of objects even in unstructured environments such as a bins or totes. Easily integrated SKU scanning and the ability to pick up pouches or products of nearly any size or shape make e-commerce, fulfilment, warehousing, logistics and supply chain operations simpler, faster, and more efficient.

Whether your application requires the flexibility of a Collaborative robot for changing workflows and quick redeployment, extremely fast operation for large volumes, or colossal payload capacity, in Nachi and Universal Robots the range is available to provide the correct solution for the job.
Robots can be used in most manual applications and;

• Relieve workers from ergonomically unfavourable, repetitive work.
• With robot arms you can free up your work force in order to do more important tasks.
• Lower your operation costs. During busy seasons, robots can operate 24/7, delivering non-stop productivity to your business.
• Options available up to IP67 to enable work in various environments

Short UR pick & place video 

UR case study Hofmann Glastechnik  video

Nachi high speed pick & place video

Nachi pick & place demo video

Welding

Olympus Technologies Ltd. has developed a unique Universal Robot Welding system that can be deployed easily into existing manual welding booths, eliminating the need for costly new robotic cells.
The system is capable of providing an economical and high quality robotic welding solution, perfect for simple and repetitive welding processes.

Affordability: great value for smaller businesses seeking to invest in robot welding
Easy Programming: simplest programming interface on the market – quick and smooth transition into production. Full training included
Fully Integrated: welding characteristics controlled on robot – changes can be made mid-process
Compelling Cost Benefit Case: customers typically see 4 x productivity increases
Consistent Quality: every part is welded to the same quality, providing the source parts are consistent
Your Solution to Welder Recruitment: existing trained welders are released onto more complex tasks – the job of running the robot’s production can be handled by an operator

Inspection

Inspections are a crucial part of the operations of many industrial sectors. Conducting regular, thorough examinations help to ensure reliable equipment performance, worker safety and product quality.

 Robotics is playing an increasingly central role in conducting inspections. Today, robots can inspect manufacturing equipment, pipelines, buildings, transportation systems and much more. Automation capabilities are improving, and the costs of these technologies are falling, enabling more companies to take advantage of the benefits they provide.

Typical Applications Include:

  • Assembly Check
  • Measurement
  • Label Verification
  • Defect Detection
  • Packaging Inspection
  • Cosmetic Quality Check

Many of these automated inspection systems use artificial intelligence, or AI, technology. In an approach called deep learning, for instance, you can train a neural network by inputting a large volume of examples of what a standard piece of equipment looks like and what a damaged one looks like. The system can use this information to identify damage during real-world use. Robots can also use artificial intelligence technology to learn to navigate industrial facilities and avoid obstacles.

Reliance Automation have partnered with best in class providers for inspection hardware – be it 2D or 3D.  We also have a wealth of experience to help you decide what type of Vision system you need that will fulfil your needs reliably and represent the best return on investment.

We can also offer the services of our partner Viska Systems and their Visable software solution. Visable is a robotic inspection solution that makes it easy to program robots with cameras to perform automated inspection with human level perception.

VISKA SYSTEMS VIDEO

Assembly

Produce repeatable, accurate assembly processes such as screw driving, nut driving, part fitting, and insertion while reducing repetitive workplace injuries. With the right adaptor mechanisms, robot arms can automate almost any manual task and handle assembly of plastics, woods, metals, or other materials.

From highspeed, high precision operations to lifting heavy loads, robots can be used in a full range of assembly work. Robots can also be programmed to operate in reduced mode or stop completely when a human enters the robot’s work area and resume full speed when the person leaves.

Robot arms’ are available with repeatability of down to +/- 0.02 mm (20 microns) and are perfect for automating quick-precision handling, enabling you to;

  • Lower your operation costs.
  • Remove human operators from dirty, dangerous, and dull jobs to reduce repetitive strain and accidental injuries.
  • Expand production capabilities with increase quality, consistency, and production speed.
  • Work in a variety of environments with ratings of up to IP67 available.

Assembly with UR cobots 

Assembly with Nachi Robots

Machine Tending

Machine tending is the process of feeding materials into CNC machines and other industrial fabrication machines. At the moment, most machine tending is still carried out by people, but robots are beginning to revolutionise this monotonous area of manufacturing.

Relieve machine operators from physically demanding, repetitive work and eliminate the risk of injuries. A collaborative robot can be used to tend machines such as CNC, injection molding, press brakes, stamping presses and more to free employees for more valuable tasks.

Tending machines is one of the most straightforward tasks for Collaborative or Industrial Robots to Automate.

The benefits of Automation for machine tending are many:
• Lower operating costs. Universal Robots gives you all the advantages of advanced CNC robotic automation, with none of the traditional added costs associated with robot programming, set-up, and dedicated, shielded work cells.

• Improve speed and precision as well as reliability and quality.

• Relieve machine operators from physically demanding, repetitive work and eliminate the risk of injuries. This will also free up employees for more valuable tasks.

• With UR’s fast and flexible deployment, you can quickly adapt production lines to new products. Universal Robots provides a future-proof platform for small businesses looking to optimize productions. If your work flow changes, the robot can be deployed quickly and easily elsewhere due to its small size and lightweight design.

Universal Robots have designed a really useful application builder, which helps you to envisage what your application will look like with all the component parts put together. You can access it here 

Case study 1 UR5 for Machine tending

Case Study 2 UR

Finishing

Screwing and tightening

A robot will consistently and repeatedly follow exact processes and pre-defined workflows with miniscule deviation ensuring precise and consistent outputs .  This increases productivity and reliability by delivering the exact tension avoiding over screwing or loose screws.

For screw-specific applications, the end joint on the UR3 offers infinite rotation. Combined with the robot’s unique force control, this allows it to be placed directly into a screwing application without the need for a costly torque-controlled screw-driving tool.

Gluing and Dispensing

Reduce waste and increase accuracy by using a Universal Robot for gluing, dispensing.  Cobots can be easily re-deployed to the areas where you need application support. When the task is finished, you can re-purpose and re-deploy the robot to other areas in your production.

Polishing, Buffing and Sanding

Polishing, buffing, and even sanding tasks require a specific, often delicate touch.

A Universal Robot with force control offers a flexible solution that will automatically adjust position to achieve the desired force. This valuable capability comes standard with Universal Robots e-Series line of cobots without the additional cost and complexity of other manufacturers.
Because a Universal Robot allows you to apply specific torque around predefined axes, this means that achieving consistent reliable finishes becomes a task that can now be completed easily by a Robot.
The benefits of Automating such tasks are many
• Ensure consistency and predictable quality.

• Relieve workers from ergonomically unfavorable, strenuous and often dangerous tasks.

• Sand and polish even curved and uneven surfaces with adjustable force mode

• With UR’s fast and flexible deployment, you can quickly adapt production lines to new products.

Universal Robots provides a future-proof platform for small businesses looking to optimize productions. If your work flow changes, the robot can be deployed quickly and easily elsewhere due to its small size and lightweight design.

Sanding

For Sanding and polishing applications Reliance Automation have partnered with Dynabrade.

Dynabrade has earned a reputation for excellence and a position of leadership in the innovative design and manufacturing of unique portable pneumatic abrasive power tools, related accessories, and clean air solutions.

Features and Benefits
• Easy to set-up
• Control of sanding process and improved consistency
• Control of sanding force, pattern, abrasive changes.
• Eliminates operator fatigue and potential ergonomic injuries.
• High durability of pneumatic motor allows continued operation.
• Tools can be quickly changed for multiuse sanding and polishing.
• Solenoid accessory allows auto on/off operation of the tool for the best finish possible.

Leak Detection

See SMAC leak detection below

Thread Checking

See SMAC thread checking below

Capping

See SMAC capping below

Bottle Rejecting

See SMAC bottle rejecting video below

Cartesian

IAI manufacture pre-assembled Cartesian systems in a huge variety of designs, incorporating their own motors and control systems. These can be controlled in a large variety of ways.

Bosch Rexroth manufacture pre-assembled Cartesian systems in a huge variety of designs where the customer has a choice of using Bosch Rexroth’s own range of Servo-Packs or use their own motor choice.

The IAI range of Cartesian systems can be viewed here. There are many advantages in choosing to use their IK, TTA and ICSB series – all equipped with Battery-less absolute encoders!
• 24v, affordable and available in a massive array of designs, these are high performance 2, 3 and 4 axis systems which can save you a lot of time and money in design
• 110v or 230v systems available too for those really high performance applications
• Delivery from order to arrival is less than 5 weeks
• Massive choice of control options from direct numerical mode from the PLC, to a wide variety of fieldbus options ( EtherCat and Ethernet IP being the most popular ) to Pulse train
• Programmable controllers can also be used, so no PLC required
For some exemplary videos,