The Weldon Solutions LidTender applies robotic technology to material handling by automating the stacking and unstacking of lids removed from baking pans for storage.
Working with a conveyor that feeds product to the robot, this system can function in a variety of material handling applications, including:
- product repositioning
The LidTender Stacking/Unstacking Robot System from Weldon Solutions uses a FANUC M-410 iB Robot to pick up bakery pan lids accumulated by a conveyor system, and stack them for intermediate-term storage on a floor-mounted fixture. The custom-designed robot head has 28 grippers that handle variations in the lids through vertical and horizontal compliance. The grippers also automatically adjust to the variable temperature range of the lids themselves, as well as the environment in which they are transported. Electronic sensors and side guides on the conveyor allow the system to function in full automatic mode. The entire system is designed to reduce noise.