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Boost Stability, Increase Flexibility and Scale-up Production at Pack Expo

Boost Stability, Increase Flexibility and Scale-up Production at Pack Expo

Posted: 7/26/2023 5:35:27 PM by Sarah Mellish
Topics: Bin Picking, Collaborative, Packaging, Palletizing, Pick and Pack, Trade Shows

Unique customer demands and market pressures continue to prompt company leaders to find innovative ways to effectively manage their processing and packaging operations. This includes the addition of flexible yet capable robotic solutions. From saving energy and reducing waste to optimizing current workflow and creating a more resilient workforce, a growing number of economical and intelligent technologies are making a substantial impact across the industrial landscape.

Yaskawa Solutions at PACK EXPO 2023

Join our industry experts for the largest packaging and processing show in North America! September 11-13, stop by the Yaskawa booth (#C-4044) at the Pack Expo show in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. “This year’s show will host nearly 30,000 attendees and highlight the latest in packaging and logistics technology – including Yaskawa’s high-performance robotic solutions,” offers Chris Caldwell, Product Manager. “At the show, Yaskawa will feature multiple robot demonstrations showcasing extremely fast, flexible and easy-to-program robots. Whether your focus is consumer goods, cosmetics, food and beverage, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, or specialty items, our versatile suite of proven products and peripherals can help boost production stability.”

Demonstration Highlights

New! 3D Bin Picking
Combining high-speed capability with a slim wrist, this demonstration utilizes the extended-reach, six-axis GP8L robot with robust KEYENCE technology to facilitate quick and precise bin picking. The GP8L offers a 1,636 mm horizontal reach, 2,894 mm vertical reach and an 8 kg payload capacity. Likewise, the extremely precise KEYENCE 3D vision system uses pattern projections and structured lighting to accurately and efficiently recognize then pick randomly placed parts. Systems like this are ideal for part detection and inspection where 2D data can sometimes fall short due to misalignment, glare or lack of contrast. The modular and lightweight SMC gripper featured can be tailored to your specific application, facilitating precise handling of objects.

Robotic Induction
Addressing high demand for order fulfillment, this demonstration features the extremely fast and reliable GP12 robot with large volume capability. The six-axis GP12 offers a 1,440 mm horizontal reach, 2,511 mm vertical reach and a 12 kg payload capacity. Facilitating the automated picking and placing of objects is Plus One Robotics highly intuitive and award-winning PickOne Perception Kit that uses 2D, 3D and AI algorithms to identify each pickable item in view before assigning it a placement location. Flexible conveyors from Dynamic™ Conveyor Corporation (DynaCon) and Dorner are shown, along with safety guarding by Advanced Machine Guarding Solutions (AMGS).

Collaborative Palletizing
Providing optimal performance for demanding production workspaces, the six-axis HC30PL collaborative robot with plug and play capability facilitates safe and efficient fenceless palletizing for select handling, packaging and logistical environments. Ideal for medium-volume lines, this cobot offers hand-guided programming for fast deployment on demand, and it features a 1,700 mm maximum reach, a 30 kg payload capacity, an easy-to-clean surface and NSF H1 certified food-grade grease as standard. Meeting established safety standards, the HC30PL provides four modes of collaborative operation and can easily shift between collaborative speed in PFL mode or full speed in industrial mode (based on risk assessment and process requirements) to accommodate fluctuating demands. A Schmalz dual FQE gripper facilitates fluid handling of boxes.

Interactive Mixed-Processing
Enabling fast assembly, the four-axis SG650 SCARA robot and the six-axis GP7 robot efficiently produce a unique souvenir for all booth visitors. Ideal for assembly, sortation and other processes that require pick-and-place capability, each robot can be integrated with robust vision functionality, such as MotoSight™ 2D. The SG650 offers a 650 mm radial reach, 210 mm long U-axis stroke and a 6 kg payload capacity. It is also controlled by the compact YRC1000micro controller that has a small footprint (425 W x 125 H x 280 D mm), and it can be installed in either a vertical or horizontal position, as well as within a 19-inch rack. The GP7 offers a 972 mm horizontal reach, 1,693 mm vertical reach and a 7 kg payload capacity. Schmalz pneumatic grippers facilitate the application, enabling precise handling of objects.

Industrial Pallet Pattern Generation
Utilizing Yaskawa’s PalletSolver® software solution, this demonstration features two high-speed GP7 robots simulating an end-of-line production process. Featuring a scalable architecture that can handle even the most complex palletizing systems, PalletSolver enables users to efficiently generate ideal pallet patterns offline (from a PC-based environment) for virtually an unlimited number of SKUs. A robot controller based application optimizes execution of pattern files and robot operation. Single and multi-line palletizing is easily handled. Banner safety light curtains, and SMC air cylinders and pneumatics are also featured.

Hands-On Programming Experience
Featuring three of our flexible and easy-to-use HC10DTP collaborative robots, this interactive display allows booth visitors to safely hand guide a collaborative robot for an easy robot programming experience. The easy-to-use touchscreen Smart Pendant – using software version 3.0 with a built-in Classic Interface function – will also be featured. Ideal for novice robot programmers, the innovative Smart Pendant utilizes patented Smart Frame technology that determines the operator’s orientation relative to the robot. This makes the robot user the frame of reference and eliminates the use of conventional coordinate (X, Y, Z) frames for easy command of robot movement. Schunk, Festo and Zimmer grippers are also featured.

Drives & Motion Highlights

In attendance to discuss their innovative solutions, experts from our sister division, Yaskawa America Inc. – Drives and Motion Division, will showcase several products:

iCube Control
Combining powerful, modular hardware with a flexible software infrastructure, the iCube Control™ machine controller will be highlighted. This platform provides the flexibility of an open system design, the scalability of modular system integration, and the certainty of safety and support for which Yaskawa is known. Yaskawa’s iCube Engineer software will also be featured. This engineering tool gives developers the freedom to program function modules in the language of their choice.

New! Food-grade and Hygienic Stainless Motors
Yaskawa now offers a range of white epoxy-painted food-grade and hygienic stainless servo motors for use with their Sigma Series servo amplifiers. On display will be an FDA-approved high-performance motor (600W to 4.5kW, 200V or 400V) that is specifically designed for food and baking industries. Capable of withstanding repeated high-pressure washdown, this motor also has a smooth housing to minimize entrapment areas.

Also on display will be a hygienic stainless steel motor (600W to 840W, 200V or 400V) that is specifically designed for demanding washdown environments. Ideal for applications in food and beverage processing, this motor adheres to the EHEDG hygienic standard.


Add the Yaskawa booth to your Pack Expo itinerary! Our experts look forward to meeting you and sharing about smart solutions that can enhance your material handling and logistics operations. Plus, learn how our fluid supply chain and diverse support services can maximize your system uptime for better ROI.

Learn more about Pack Expo today!

Sarah Mellish is a Marketing Content Specialist

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