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Stäubli to showcase new range of robots designed for food sector

Stäubli is planning to use the forthcoming International Processing and Production Expo 2020 event to showcase a range of new industrial robots designed for the food sector.

The industrial automation specialist says the “humid environment” – or “HE” –  line of robotic solutions “leads the industry” in the safe, hygienic processing of a wide range of food products, including meats.

Stäubli adds that the cleanliness, speed, efficiency and safety of a wide variety of its robotic solutions will be on display for attendees at the upcoming meat-industry focused IPPE.

Stäubli, which claims to be a “global leader in robotics for sensitive environments”, will have three robotics demonstrations at the event, in booth number B6851.

In addition, Midwest Machine and JLS Automation, will each offer demonstrations that will showcase the benefits of Stäubli’s HE line of robots, developed specifically to work safely and efficiently alongside people in the humid environment.

The Stäubli SCARA Fast Picker TP80 HE robot

This year’s IPPE will be held January 28-30, 2020, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Sebastien Schmitt, robotics division manager, Stäubli North America, says: “We’re excited to be a part of IPPE 2020 and have the opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of Stäubli’s Robotics’ solutions in a range of industry settings, including meat cutting and packaging, as well as sausage packing.

“Our partners have come to depend on Stäubli Robotics for reliable solutions that promote efficiency and safety in the workplace, and for this expo we are focusing on demonstrations of our food-grade HE robotics line, which is an excellent complement to the high standards of the meat-processing industry – standards that reinforce our commitment to sustaining safe, hygienic work areas.”

Visitors to Stäubli booth number B687 will have the opportunity to see these solutions in action:

  • The SCARA Fast Picker TP80 HE – the world’s only picker designed for the food industry – will be used in a demonstration of high-speed primary packaging, featuring up to 200 picks per minutes.
  • The TX2 90 HE 6-axis robot (main picture) showcasing waterjet and ultrasonic cutting in demonstrations with both meats.
  • The TS2 60 HE 4-axis robot with a demonstration of sausage loading onto thermoforming machinery trays.

These three robots will share the common attributes of Stäubli’s HE line:

  • Fully enclosed and pressurized structure to prevent micro-organism penetration and avoid condensation.
  • Hygienic design features smooth, rounded and tilted surfaces to eliminate liquid retention.
  • Fully compatible with NSF H1 food-grade lubricant.
  • Protected against low pressure jets of water (IP65) and immersion (IP67).
  • Designed specifically for use in wet environments and full wash-down applications.
  • Features stainless steel crucial components and specific coating to ensure durability in extreme conditions.
  • No external cables – all connections going through the base.
  • Unique, cylindrical envelope and small footprint.
  • Patented Stäubli proprietary JCS gearbox for top-of-the-line accuracy and repeatability.
The Stäubli TS2 60 HE

Stäubli will demo its range of robots designed for food usage in booth number B6851 at IPPE 2020.

In addition, attendees can visit the JLS Automation booth, No. B6609, to see primary-packing demonstrations of pork bellies being palletized using Stäubli food-grade six axis robots TX2 90 HE.

Visitors to Midwest Machine’s booth No. B7353 will be able to watch a demonstration of automated meat deboning featuring the 6-axis TX2 60 HE.

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