Brown Machine LLC, which makes thermoforming equipment in Beaverton, Mich., is working with Homer, Mich.-based packaging automation firm DJS Systems Inc., to integrate a servo-actuated trim press with a three-tier lid automation and packaging line.
Brown said this marks the first successful triple-row integration of this type for thermoforming.
“Up until now, most lid production has involved packing by hand,” said Jim Robbins, Brown Machine's vice president of market. “This partnership offer customers a significant, cost-effective alternative and a tremendous labor reduction.”
Brown supplied the trim press; DJS, the automation system.
The DJS automation uses a servo pusher system to contain the stacked lids through the transfer process. A two-axis robot arm grasps each tier of lids independently and positions them into an indexing conveyor. The lids are transferred to bagging and boxing stations — all at very high speed.