Bradman Lake is an innovator of flexible automation using parallel axis robotics technology. The company not only offers top load cartoning solutions using the proven robot picking of products from a racetrack mechanism but we supply the ever increasing demand for pick and place feeding from a random source, using vision based technology.
Robots can replace manual feeding in many applications. Automation using robots provides a strong case for use in the food industry where incidences of repetitive strain injury and lost time in production are key factors for companies moving to use robot technology. Robots have become simpler to use, cost significantly less and the technology has evolved for use in a broad range of industries.
The increasing demand for user operational plant flexibility without sacrificing performance has given the Bradman Lake Group significant opportunity in the core industry sectors in which it operates.
The group’s end and top load cartoning machine range, flow wrapping machines and case packers interfaces seamlessly with the new robot technology that we can offer our world wide customers.
With our global partner ABB we have developed equipment that detects an object using vision technology which enables the robot to track fast moving conveyor belts with high speed accuracy. Using the IRB 360 FlexPickerTM from ABB, this robot is the latest Delta style robot with 4-axis robot kinematics.
The robot’s key motors and gear drives are fitted in the body of the robot, minimising the mass of the moving arm and allowing for fast acceleration. Although the robot picks the product, the individual item must be recognised first. This is achieved using single or multiple cameras along with highly scaleable PC application software and appropriate controller to steer the robot. The Bradman Lake / ABB system robotic vision package can be integrated into our complete range of end and top load cartoning machines, flow wrapping and case packing machines as stand alone units or as part of a system.
- Repeatability to within 1mm (depending upon speed)
- Wash down and stainless steel versions available
- Lubrication free joints
- Industry proven control systems
- The robot arms and end effectors are made of high performance plastics and aluminium and have been optimised for low weight, high strength and long life
- Monobloc integrated machine system