Abrigo Spa stands among the pioneers in promoting robotic applications in the agrifood industry processes.
The “Industry 4.0” revolution is crossing also the agrifood industry: big data and robotics are the pillars of this transition of the manufacturing process. Being, since many years, one of the core elements of the packaging machinery, the robots are nowadays increasingly utilized in product handling and manipulation; this, thanks to their flexibility and to the low footprint, meaning less installation spaces required. Indeed, in many applications they can effectively replace belt conveyors, elevators and other traditional feeding and transferring mechanical systems, or to avoid the need for the operators to perform heavy, repetitive and low added value tasks. As usually, Abrigo S.p.A. stands among the pioneers in promoting robotic applications in the agrifood industry processes. One of the last applications we realized is for the delivering, by means of an industrial robot, of mortadella to 2 vacuum-packaging lines. The system is capable to handle several formats of mortadella, which differ, also up to a considerable extent, for dimensions and weight, with negligible downtimes for production changeover (the changeover is fully automated). The working recipe is set by the operators through the HMI panel, in a simple and intuitive way; the Abrigo line can exchange process information with the upstream and downstream equipment and can automatically adapt its working conditions. It is also possible to use one of the two vacuum-packaging lines in manual mode, while feeding the mortadella to the other with the robot: this happens in the safest way for the operators, thanks to certified safety working zones of the robot and optical barriers.
The whole line has been designed based on the specific needs of the Customer, adapted to the available spaces and capable to be connected to the other existing equipment, that are from different Manufacturers; for sure, a traditional system could never have the same flexibility and would have required a larger installation space, which was not suitable with the available building.