Beatson Clark: new robot speeds up cold end process

UK glass packaging manufacturer Beatson Clark has invested over GBP 200,000 to improve the speed and versatility of its packing line.
The Rotherham, northern England-based company has installed a “r…

UK glass packaging manufacturer Beatson Clark has invested over GBP 200,000 to improve the speed and versatility of its packing line. The Rotherham, northern England-based company has installed a “robotic pack palletiser“ from Japan“s Fanuk to service two amber glass lines. The lines produce more than 80 different glass containers, each with its own packing requirements. The robot can palletise 16 pre-formed, film-wrapped packs a minute. “The new robot will significantly speed up the palletisation process and also improve the quality of the packs”, said projects manager Colin Rimmer. “It is operated with a touchscreen information panel and servo controls for accurate speed and positional control”. The new robot is the latest in a continuing investment programme. Sales and marketing director Lynn Sidebottom said: “This new equipment will allow us to deliver improved efficiency”. “It is extremely important that we are able to deliver glass containers to our customers to fulfil their exact requirements and this relates not only to the products themselves but also to the way they are packed”. Beatson Clark supplies glass packaging for the pharmaceutical, food and drink markets worldwide and has a turnover of GBP 51 million and an annual production capacity of approximately 800 million containers or 135,000 tonnes.