Collaborative Automation Gives MedicoPack Even Cleaner Products in a Shorter Time

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Two collaborative robots (cobots) fitted with four grippers from OnRobot are assisting with two production lines at the MedicoPack factory in Langeskov, Denmark, where they produce a significant number of infusion containers every day. Once the plastic containers are moulded and checked, they are moved via a conveyor belt past the robot arms, which are each fitted with two OnRobot grippers, so they can pick up two items at a time and stack them correctly, making them ready for packing.

Previously, the finished infusion containers were collected in a large packing bin, from which they were manually checked, stacked, and packed. MedicoPack deemed that this could be done more expediently, not just in terms of efficiency, but also in terms of contamination risk. Therefore, MedicoPack opted for automating the stacking process.

“The risk of our customers experiencing particles – what we call contamination – on the products is reduced because of the solution from OnRobot. The cleanliness of the product is very important to our customers, because the products will be used for medication, and it matters what touches the medication. They must be 100% confident that the quality is good, so the medication they fill it with will not be ruined by our containers. We have developed this confidence over a number of years by always delivering products of the proper quality”, says Kenneth Sæderup Pedersen, project manager at MedicoPack.

MedicoPack is happy about the fact that their already low contamination risk has been reduced, while the efficiency of the production line has been improved significantly. It is no longer necessary for an employee to stand by the conveyor belt and count the items while ensuring they are oriented the right way. This frees up both time and resources.

“We chose OnRobot’s grippers in collaboration with our machinery supplier who recognized the opportunity of meeting some of our requirements by handling the items with grippers. Among other things, there are options for tightness of the grip, placement of the grippers, and the speed with which they close”, says Kenneth Sæderup Pedersen.

He is also excited about the design of the grippers.

“Aesthetically, the grippers have a very nice design, and there is just a single, tiny wire – other than that, they are clinically clean. There are no hoses running the length of the robot, like one might normally see. It is a nice look that contributes to simplifying the entire concept, delivering a clean look and high quality for the customers. At the same time, it reduces both implementation and programming time”, emphasizes Kenneth Sæderup Pedersen.

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