Automated Packaging Systems integrates collaborative robot to streamline bag packaging automation

September 28, 2017

Automated Packaging Systems has partnered with ABB to integrate the Autobag 500 bagging system with ABB’s YuMi robot, a dual-armed robot designed to work side-by-side with humans. 

The YuMi can assist with assembling and packaging small parts and kits on the Autobag 500. Using motion control and camera-based parts location, the YuMi can pick and place products into pre-opened bags, which are then automatically sealed and dispensed by the Autobag 500.

YuMi has two magnesium arms that flex on seven axes to mimic human-like movements with spatial efficiency. The robot is designed to take the same or less space than a human operator and is extremely precise with 0.02 mm accuracy and speeds of 59 inches per second. According to ABB, there are no pinch points on the YuMi robot and it includes built-in sensors that halt all motion if the unit bumps a person or other object, which eliminates the need for cages and safety zones.

The Autobag 500 bagger includes processor-controlled servo motors, Ethernet-capable networking, a flexible mechanical design and is capable of cycling at rates up to 100 bags per minute.

“We believe there is tremendous potential for human-robot collaboration on the packaging line,” explains Chris Rempe, global marketing director at Automated Packaging Systems.