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Bulk Palletizing with Robotic Technology
Grupo Fortec was founded in 2002 in Apaxco, Mexico, as a manufacturer of stucco and tile adhesives. After a period of rapid growth, Grupo Fortec incorporated automated systems and robotics in their manufacturing, material handling and packaging areas.
The company was seeking to implement a palletizing system for 20 and 40 kg (approx. 44 and 88 lbs) bulk ceramic adhesive packages. In the past, the handling and packaging of this material was a manual process. However, Grupo Fortec was searching for a way to completely automate the process to improve productivity and keep its employees safer and healthier.
A production line is comprised of two automatic packaging machines, a chain extraction belt system, a weighing solution (to ensure the correct weight of each bulk of product in real-time), bag positioners and roller conveyors. In addition to this, a robotic cell with an articulated arm and a load capacity of 70 kg (about 175 lbs) was added for handling the bulk products with an adjustable gripper that fits the dimensions of the 20 kg and 40 kg bags. On the control side, PLCs, HMIs, variable frequency drives (VFDs), and other necessary components were networked across this distributed discrete and analog system through CC-Link IE Field.