How to Build a Better Robotic Packaging Operation

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The packaging operation is detailed, complex, but repeatable. While it’s not an easy operation to get right, the benefits of a fully automated packaging effort are immense. The result is efficiency, speed, and quality.

We caught up with Aaron Donlon, product manager at Epson America who works in the company’s Factory Automation Robotics group. Donlon’s expertise in detailed packaging operations comes from his Bachelor’s and Master’s in mechanical engineering as well as his time working for an equipment OEM and in the consumer packaged good industry working on both the factory floor as a plant engineer.

Related: How the Future of Packaging Automation Will Be Ruled by RobotsDonlon walked us through what it takes to create an effective packaging operation.

DN: What is involved in creating an effective robot automation application/system for packaging?

Related: How Mobile Robots Deliver Efficiency to Your Packaging LineAaron Donlon: It all begins with filling out your request-for-proposal with as much detail as you can possibly provide. The most critical inputs are speeds required, sizes of the product, and what pack pattern configurations are required. Providing samples is also important. To determine the actual weight of the product in addition …

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