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Integrated Robotics and Custom End-of-Arm-Tooling Provide Solutions for Automated Machine Loading
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Feb 18, 2008
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ESS Technologies, Inc. has integrated a FANUC LR Mate mini robot with ESS custom-designed end-of-arm-tooling to create the TaskMateTM Robotic Loading System. The TaskMate is ideal for automating machine loading at the infeed. The custom end-of-arm-tooling allows the system to robotically load machine infeeds on thermoform blister packagers, cartoners, wrappers, and other types of packaging equipment. Custom end-of-arm-tooling handles ampoules, syringes, bottles, tubes, etc.

The TaskMateRobotic Loading System offers a high speed solution to automating machine infeeds. Either vacuum or gripper technologies can be used to design a robotic end effector that can handle most any product. This allows the packager to utilize the latest infeed technology to increase their productivity.

Quick release connections allow the robotic end effector to be removed or installed in seconds, providing the fastest possible changeover time. In addition to increasing productivity, the TaskMate™ Robotic Loaders reduce repetitive motion and cost while increasing the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of any packaging line. FANUC robots and the integrated end effectors will work in a number of environmental settings, including clean room, process, and packaging. Equipped with a tabletop platform, interlocked guarding, and optional light curtain, the TaskMate Robotic Loader easily integrates with most packaging equipment.

All FANUC robots offer enhanced motion control, speed, vision, and robotic dexterity, making the robot a key component to the TaskMateTM system. Experienced in system design and robotic integration, ESS Technologies, Inc. provides packagers with automated solutions to machine loading.

About ESS Technologies, Inc.ESS Technologies, Inc., founded in 1993, specializes in complete packaging line design, equipment manufacturing, and integration. Their expertise includes filling/capping equipment, robotic palletizing systems, horizontal/vertical cartoners, case packing equipment, tube filling, overwrapping, custom designed solutions for medical device assembly and pharmaceutical packaging, and integrated robotics. Engineered for reliability and efficiency, ESS Technologies’ products offers tomorrow’s packaging technology today.


Kim Norris
ESS Technologies, Inc.
P:  540-961-5716

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