JLS Automation is launching its latest innovation, an automatic chub loading system. Case packing of chub packs has always been a manual hand-load process. Automating this process due to the shape and size variance of the chub has always been seen as a challenge to food processors. Using the Osprey robotic case packer as a base, special modifications and tooling were added to develop the innovative Osprey CL automatic chub loader. The system features single or dual ABB IRB 360 FlexPicker robots, which are the most sanitary picking tools on the market today. The entire system comes in a small footprint, saving processors valuable floor space. Speeds range from 125 chubs/min (single-head rebot) up to 200 chubs/min (dual-head robot) depending on chub size, weight and pack pattern.
The CL, like traditional Ospreys, utilizes the full capabilities of the ABB robot(s) to remove complexities found in other pick & place, gantry and wrap-around case packers. Some of the features that make the CL a chub loading game changer include:
- Simple product handling
- Simple end-of-arm tooling (EOAT)
- Simple case handling
- High sanitary design
- Modular system design
- Extremely fast changeovers
The CL handles chub packs ranging from 2" to 4.5" diameter, 4" to 24" in length and weights from 8 oz. up to 10 lbs. Chub products handled include ground beef, turkey, chicken, pork or sausage, pet food, cookie dough, sauerkraut, chili, liver sausage, polenta, meatloaf and more.
JLS Automation www.jlsautomation.com