Case Studies Of Industrial Robots

Robots in action can be found everywhere. Robot Manufacturers give examples of robot applications in different industries.

Stäubli, France - IFR Partner

Handmade by robots

Based in Edertal near Kassel, Big Drum Engineering GmbH specialises in the manufacture of equipment for the filling and packaging of ice cream. Its innovative machines make it possible to produce a wide variety of ice creams (with the exception of those on a stick) quickly and economically. Big Drum machines have a production capacity of up to 50,000 tubs per hour enabling to fill ice cream into large plastic or cardboard tubs so that it looked more appealing, appetising and individual.

Today, Big Drum Engineering employs the Stäubli TX90 he in its brand-new generation of filling machines called Robot Filler. These units are designed to fill and package ice cream in jumbo containers ranging from 3.5 to 6.0 litres. Marco Gottschalk highlights the key benefit of the Robot Filler. "The filling is done by the specialist robot. We can program the Stäubli TX90 he to carry out this process so that it looks like ice cream packaged by hand, for example from your local Italian parlour on the corner. We can even input different filling programmes, so that the content varies slightly from pack to pack, thus accentuating the handmade look." The first two Robot Filler have recently started in Bangkok to use. The customers there are enthusiastic about the product presentation und the flexibility of the systems.

TX90 he - Even aggressive cleaning
procedure do not harm this specialist robot .        

The machine meets the highest hygiene standards.
It open construction ensures that cleaning is simple.

While the actual filling of the ice cream is a routine job for the robot, the regular cleaning schedule presents a major challenge. "The machines in Thailand - and in this country - are cleaned with aggressive agents and a powerful water jet, to meet the strictest criteria," says Gottschalk. "A standard robot could not withstand this kind of cleaning process, but this presents no problem for the Stäubli TX90 he."


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online: 4 December 2012