Leading Biscuit Manufacturer Chooses ATS Global to Improve Material Handling Efficiency

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Purpose

  • Pick and place operations- Labour intensive activity in a competitive marketplace
  • Historical waste rates > 30%
  • Stressful & repetitive process associated with high rates of sickness
  • Obsolete & legacy automation kit
Purpose

Project Scope

  • Full survey of existing operations and proposed solution
  • Integration of 16 delta robots
  • 120 combinations of biscuit & skillet
  • Very high-speed operation vs. product integrity (1,450 picks per minute)
Project scope

Solution Approach

  • Integrate 16 Delta Robots for high speed pick and place operations in production line
  • Kinematic transforms & advanced algorithms (for track and place)
  • Individual cell design with integrated Safe Torque Off (STO) safety (in house safety engineers)
  • Integrated vision control system
Solution Approach

The Results

  • 75% labour cost reduction (Fully automated line now requires 2 operators per shift
    vis-à-vis previous manual operations)
  • More than 65% improvement in waste rate vis-à-vis manual process due to vision control system (genuine waste metrics was less than 10%)
  • Achieving the targeted scope pick rates of 1,450 picks per minute
Results

Systems, Tools & Services Expertise

  • Rockwell ControlLogix PLCs
  • 54 Servo Motors & Amplifiers
  • FactoryTalk
Tools

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