At its plant in Bechhofen, Germany, Geka produces caps for mascara bottles on a high-speed automated assembly line. The system presses screw-tops into decorative covers, then welds the brushes into place. Originally, the caps were deposited onto a conveyor at the end of the line, where an operator would place them into a plastic tray. When the tray was full, the operator covered it with a thin plastic sheet and loaded it into a box. This preserves the glossy surface finish of the caps.
However, the person packing the caps could not keep up with the system’s output. Geka needed a way to automate the packaging step, as well. The company found an answer in the IRB 340 Flexpicker, a delta robot from ABB Robotics.
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