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The Case for Robotics in Pharmaceutical Packaging Lines

As the use of robotics within pharmaceutical packaging lines increases, so does the sophistication of robots. This article looks at what modern robotic systems can offer today's pharmaceutical packaging industry.

The pharmaceutical packaging process is gradually becoming increasingly automated in order to provide greater speed, flexibility and efficiency. As this happens, we are finding that many of the manual tasks involved in pharmaceutical packaging are being taken over by robotics technology. However, for the majority of pharmaceutical manufacturers, the decision to use robots in packaging lines requires a great deal of consideration. Firstly, the investment must be cost justified and secondly the system must be modelled to make the most of the robot's capabilities.

Robots are usually associated with handling repetitive tasks in a process - either in high volume production roles or where flexible handling systems are needed for frequent changes. In the case of pharmaceutical packaging, robots usually fall into three main categories: pick and place applications (where products are packed into trays or secondary packages), feed placement (where products are prearranged into a conveyer to ease future packaging procedures) and palletising (pallet loading and unloading).

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By Frank-Peter Kirgis, Product Manager of SIG Delta Robots at SIG Pack Systems

Frank-Peter Kirgis has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in International Marketing. He began his career with SIG Pack Systems in 1997 as a Development Engineer. For the last five years he has worked as the Product Manager of Delta Robotic Systems and has developed his expertise in robotics technology and knowledge in the fields of packaging and product handling. He frequently speaks at robotics conferences across the globe about the use of robotics in packaging lines.
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