Do you need your products packed, stacked and palletized? End-of-line automation helps you to handle the packaging of your food products in an efficient and flexible way. By using end-of-line systems you will automate physically demanding work and therefore save on labour costs. It also improves food safety. Thanks to the integration of robots there is less human interference in the production process. Save money and gain quality by investing in the automation of your factory.
At the end of a food production-line the products will be packed to be distributed to supermarkets and other stores. End-of-line automation, as the name suggests, is used at the end of a production line. Sometimes the term “secondary packaging” is used for this. It’s the chain of automation solutions that will destack and unfold crates, load products in boxes, dollies or crates and take care of the stacking and palletizing.
Lan Handling offers many options when it comes to end-of-line equipment.
Used for: automated positioning of stacking arms
Foldable (bale arm) crates are a great solution to reduce space when transporting or storing your crates. However, you still need to fold the crates manually. That’s why we created the “Bale arm folder”. This machine will automatically fold your bale arm crates and put them in the right stacking position.
Used for: loading products into crates or boxes
A case packer is used within End-of-line automations to load your products carefully into crates or boxes. There are a lot of possible ways to do that. We at Lan Handling prefer to use a flexible robot arm combined with a customised gripper tool. The robot can be programmed to handle products of different sizes and weights. This ensures that your products are always handled with care, even when your packaging line is running at full speed.
Used for: avoid manual unfolding of crates
Foldable crates are great for saving space and transportation costs. But it also costs a lot of time to erect all the crates by hand. Our crate erector will automatically unfold up to 1200 crates per hour. By automating this process you can save a lot on manual labour.
Used for: (de)stacking of crates
A crate stacker and destacker automates the tasks that require heavy manual labour within your packaging line. Our crate stacker is also a lot faster than any human, stacking upto 30 crates per minute is possible!
Used for: efficient loading of different carriers
When your products are distributed to multiple retailers, chances are they prefer different carriers. This is no problem for our combi loader. This flexible system will easily load your products in crates or dollies. You can even change the carrier type with a single push on the button!
Used for: loading pallets ready for transport
A palletizing robot is used to load any type of product onto a pallet. For instance: boxes, bales, crates, sacks, totes and bottles are all compatible with our advanced palletizing robot. The robot is also a safe investment because it’s very easy to relocate this machine to a different packaging line.
The influx of new employees in food manufacturing areas is urgently needed, but heavy and simple work is not in demand. End-of-line automation can largely solve the shortage of staff and allow your staff to specialise in other areas.
Nowadays customers are used to many packaging variations. For you, as a company, it might be hard to stay on top of the latest trends and customer demands. To keep up with these trends it’s crucial to act fast. With end-of-line automation you’ll be able to quickly respond to these new packaging sizes and variations, while still running your production line at a high pace.