Stäubli Robots to unveil new hygienic robotic solutions at trade show

Stäubli Robotics will present live demonstrations plus an educational session on its new hygienic robotic solutions for the food industry at IPPE 2022 in Atlanta.

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) takes place January 25-27 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a leading provider of advanced automation solutions for the food industry, Stäubli Robotics is a must-see for inventively engineered robots used in food production, processing and packaging applications.

At Booth #C13663, food industry experts from Stäubli Robotics will demonstrate two production lines for processing and packaging meat, showcasing the capabilities of the Stäubli TS2-60 HE and larger TX2-90 HE six-axis robots.

The TS2-60 HE will carry out a chicken breast handling and thermoform loading operation, displaying high precision and speed: The robot picks the product up from a conveyor running at high speed and places it into its packaging.

Product sterility is “assured” by the robot’s hygienic design, and integration is made “easy” by Stäubli’s VALtrack software, says Stäubli.

The TX2-90 HE will run through several applications demonstrating its flexibility in handling different products and conducting wash-down procedures.

After an initial self-cleaning at the first station, the robot moves to a chicken breast, picks up its cutting tool, and simulates waterjet cutting.

Rotating to a third station, it picks up a meat patty, places it on a conveyor, and performs a meat washing application. After each cycle, the robot returns to the self-cleaning station.

Marty Albert, key account manager – food industry at Stäubli Robotics, will participate in IPPE’s TechTalks with his speech, “Using Hygienic Environment (HE) Robotic Systems in Food Handling and Processing”, on January 26.

The presentation will delve into the design solutions that enable robots to meet HACCP guidelines and other requirements, answering the question, “What makes a robot suitable for efficiently working and surviving in the harsh world of food handling and processing?”

In addition, several of Stäubli’s partners will demonstrate their own advanced food processing and packaging solutions incorporating Stäubli robots: JBT (Booth #C12743 / C12943), Sealed Air Corp. (Booth #C13225), and Ensight Solutions (Booth #C11231).

All of Stäubli’s HE robots are designed for use in wet or humid environments and full wash-down applications, featuring:

  • Fully enclosed and pressurized structure to prevent microorganism penetration and avoid condensation
  • Hygienic design with smooth, rounded and tilted surfaces to eliminate liquid retention
  • Fully compatible with NSF H1 food-grade lubricant without loss of performance
  • Protected against pressure jets of water (IP65) and immersion (IP67)
  • Crucial components in stainless steel with special coating to withstand extreme conditions
  • No external cables – all connections routed through the arm and base
  • Unique, cylindrical envelope and small footprint
  • Patented Stäubli proprietary JCS gearbox for top-of-the-line accuracy, repeatability and durability

Stäubli is a leader in food industry solutions with a wide range of robots for pick and place, cutting, deboning, portioning, handling of boxes or frozen foods, and handling of unwrapped food products.

The HE series of robots ranges in size and format (4- and 6-axis), and in payload from 1 kg to 150 kg. All have the flexibility of multiple mounting options, allowing easy integration into production lines.

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