Robot packing and conveyor

Collaborative robots Baxter and Sawyer from Rethink Robotics are now being integrated into warmth sealers from Sonoco Alloyd. The partnership allows the packaging equipment producer to provide a complete automation solution for their consumers that is versatile, adaptable and reduced expense.

The robots will be component of an built-in element transfer and sealing program on all blister devices from Sonoco Alloyd, which includes its blister-to-card, blister-to-blister or medical-grade lidding-to-blister tray sealers.

Jeff Christensen, vp/basic supervisor of Sonoco Alloyd, says, “Rethink Robotics gives a differentiated technology that we have started to use in our own factories, and we are now in a position to go these improvements on to our clients as effectively.”

Rethink Robotics president/CEO Scott Eckert states, “Sonoco Alloyd understands that collaborative robots are a big element of the potential of manufacturing, and they can supply additional worth to the trustworthy automation they are presently providing to their clients. The mixture of these two great product strains is a large competitive benefit for manufacturers just about everywhere.”

Kim Sanderson, marketing and advertising professional at Sonoco Alloyd, tells us a lot more about the company’s strategic alliance with Rethink Robotics and its rewards:

There are other collaborative robots in the marketplace. Why did you determine to spouse with Rethink Robotics?

Sanderson: Ease of use. The robots from Rethink Robotics are consumer pleasant. No superior programing expertise are necessary.

Why is a collaborative robotic a better automation choice in this instance than other available mechanical or mechatronic alternatives?

Sanderson: It is a multi-use answer. Baxter is programmable to load, unload, pack, unpack. We can use Baxter loading solution and blisters and also unload on the again aspect of the equipment. Baxter can also be used in other capabilities in the facility as well—anything with repetitive movement.

How will you or the consumer determine whether to use a Baxter or Sawyer robot?

Sanderson: Sonoco Alloyd would do a consumer web site evaluation to decide which robot would greatest meet our customer’s special wants.

Clients could acquire the robots independently and integrate them themselves. What is the benefit to them purchasing the robot currently built-in into your program?

Sanderson: The benefit for us is the same as the advantage for our customers—it helps make Sonoco Alloyd a 1-stop shop, meeting more of our customers’ requirements in a single location.