Two robots remove heavy lifting and increase production
Palletising solution improves conditions
Lakeland Dairies in Northern Ireland has installed two robots from DAN Palletiser to assist in their end-of-line production of butter blocks. The robots are designed to ensure efficient and precise palletizing of numerous butter blocks annually, varying in sizes and packaging. Although the implementation took some time, the robots have been running seamlessly since then, leading to the development of new automation solutions from DAN Palletiser.
Improved physical work environment
New production opportunities
Increased production capacity
Manual system that was very labour-intensive and required a lot of heavy lifting from employees.
Two robots intended to ensure efficient and precise palletising of butter in blocks in various sizes.
Increased production capacity and improved working environment.
Lakeland Dairies and DAN Palletiser have had a longstanding collaboration that began in the 90s at a factory in Newtownards with a pallet loader. Since then, the partnership has only grown stronger. Lakeland also utilizes some of DAN Palletiser's products at one of their facilities in County Londonderry, and here in Ballyrashane, they have a brand-new robot system installed.
The robot system handles the palletising for their new butter production line. The collaboration for this new line began about a year and a half ago. Last summer, the final details were ironed out, and the robots have now been installed and operational for approximately four months in conjunction with the new butter line.
”The robots run flawlessly and have elevated our production,”
David Smyth, Engineering Project Manager at Lakeland Dairies
Two robots have been installed to support the two end-of-line production lines with butter from the production. The butter is conveyed on rollers and is then picked up by the robots using a suction cup head and placed on pallets. The robots can handle various types of butter blocks, but usually, it's 25 kg butter blocks that need to be palletised. The two robots palletise approximately 720 butter blocks per hour. When a pallet is full, an employee, using a pallet lifter, moves the completed pallet and replaces it with a new empty pallet. The employee then transports the pallet to a pallet wrapper, where it is prepared for shipment.
This process also holds a future for DAN Palletiser and Lakeland Dairies, as both Simon (COO at DAN Palletiser) and David agree. The two new robots have assisted in production by replacing much manual work. Previously, everything was done manually, and employees had to manually lift the large 25 kg butter blocks onto a pallet. "It can involve many heavy lifts 24 hours a day, seven days a week," says David.
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