Bosch’s Revamped Delta Robotic Packaging Brings Hope For Food Producers

Bosch Packaging Technology is a premier supplier of robotic technology for secondary and primary packaging solutions.

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Recently, it has redesigned its Delta robotic packaging portfolio completely to give food producers and packaging manufacturers enhanced performance and versatility.

Bosch’s improved D3 robotic platform ensures quicker speeds to boost pick rates by handling higher payloads of up to three kilograms.

It is user-friendly, and designed for easy maintenance as well as quick changeovers. Thus, it helps manufacturers achieve a lower TCO (total cost of ownership) while enjoying a shorter ROI period.

Customers can use this new platform, which offers added flexibility to packaging processes, to leverage robotic automation and enjoy a competitive advantage.

Other Benefits of This D3 Robotic Packaging Platform
With the increasing demand for assorted products, manufacturers these days are looking for robotic packaging equipment that can meet such requirements.

The D3 platform fits the bill perfectly. It has several features that improve packaging efficiency.

It is also capable of meeting packaging needs for various products like cereal bars, biscuits, baked goods, confectionery treats, chocolates and vertically packaged products.

With reduced installation and set-up times, extended application range, simplified platform design and faster changeovers, this robotic packaging system brings good news for manufacturers.

Control cabinets of the D3 platform are positioned atop the machines.

This enables easy operator access from both the back and front, which decreases maintenance and cleaning times.

This platform has an open frame design, uses fewer parts, and offers better visibility of moving elements. All these help manufacturers to comply easily with increasingly strict food safety regulations.

D3 robotic solutions are a part of Bosch’s Module++ single-source provider concept for modular and simple line automation.

Thus, they can be easily integrated with both Bosch and secondary packaging or third-party primary machines.

Multinational companies as well as medium- and small- sized packaging businesses can enjoy increased flexibility with the D3 robotic packaging platform.

Bosch’s new portfolio offers scalable and flexible robotic solutions that let customers modify their processes quickly.

This way, they can meet present production needs and even achieve their future manufacturing goals.

E-commerce Robotic Packaging
In today’s e-commerce-driven world, the need for efficient packaging has never been greater. And now, robots are beginning to play a role in meeting this demand. Robots are now being used to pack orders, place items into shipping packages, or induct items into autobaggers. This is thanks to advances in robotic technology, which have made robots more precise and agile than ever before.

As a result, robots are now able to handle delicate items such as cosmetics or electronics without damage. And because they can work around the clock, robots are helping to increase the speed and efficiency of the packaging process. In the future, it is likely that even more tasks will be automated by robots, making the packaging process even faster and smoother.

Growing demand
Industrial robots have long been the domain of large manufacturers who use them for tasks such as welding, fabricating and assembling cars and trucks. These applications require robots that are highly precise and can repeat the same motion over and over. In recent years, however, manufacturing has undergone a major shift. There is now a growing demand for smaller “batch” sizes and more Variety in the products being produced. This has led to a rise in popularity of collaborative robots.

Cobots can work alongside human workers and are much more flexible than their industrial counterparts. As a result, they are well-suited for applications such as packing e-commerce orders, which often involve a large number of SKUs (stock keeping units) and require quick turnaround times.

Thanks to advances in robotics packaging software, robots can be programmed to quickly adapt to changes in SKU variety, meaning that they are capable of handling the ever-changing needs of e-commerce fulfilment. In addition, because cobots are relatively inexpensive and easy to set up, they are becoming increasingly popular among small businesses that need to pack small orders for stores or B2B customers. As the demands of e-commerce continue to grow, it’s likely that robots will play an even bigger role in the world of packaging automation.

Practical Applications of Robotic Packaging
One such deployment is at a US retailer, where a team of eight robots handles 100% of the order picking and packing. The robots work alongside human workers in two 10-hour shifts, with each robot completing around 1,000 orders per shift. The system has been so successful that the retailer is now planning to roll it out to more of its warehouses.

Another deployment is at a European food retailer, where robots are used to pick fresh produce items from crates and then place them into scavenger packs on conveyor belts. The trays are then taken to human workers who complete the packing process. This deployment has resulted in a 30% increase in productivity and a 99.9% accuracy rate for picking orders.

These are just two examples of how robotic pick-and-place solutions are being deployed in the real world to meet the growing demand for online orders. With their fast learning curve and ability to work alongside human workers, these robots are poised to play an increasingly important role in e-commerce pack out operations in the future.

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