- Success Story
Integrated robotic solution for greenhouses speeds pepper bagging
Bartel Machine designs and builds special-purpose automation equipment using the most advanced automation technologies in Leamington, Canada. Leamington has one of the largest concentrations of greenhouse growing companies. Bartel and Omron have partnered together for a single-package solution that is likely to be the next groundbreaking development for the greenhouse industry.
Bartel pitched the idea of creating a machine that automatically places greenhouse peppers in bags. Because peppers come in a variety of shapes and can be prone to damage if not grasped along their unique contours, the bagging process is largely performed manually. However, if this task were to be successfully automated, greenhouse companies could save time, cut costs, and boost productivity. Bartel worked with Omron Automation Americas automation to provide solutions for products that integrate well, allowing Bartel to devote more energy to designing and manufacturing a modular machine that would scale up dramatically in response to changing application needs.
The high level of coordination of one Viper 6 Axis Articulated Robot and servos together with two bagging systems, one on each side, represent a single module, scaling up the entire machine simply meant adding more modules. The servos stand out in a variety of ways, including size, controllability, ease of use, and ease of programming in tandem with robotics. The Omron NX102 machine automation controller with Sysmac Studio makes it possible to put everything together. Since the engineers were able to connect the NA5 Series human-machine interface (HMI) to the robot, the sensors, and the servo drives in Sysmac Studio, the new machine works well across all platforms.
The speed and precision of Adept Viper six-axis robots make them ideal for operations requiring fast and precise automation.
Sysmac Studio Software
A truly integrated development environment for machine automation, combining configuration, programming, simulation, and monitoring in a simple interface.
NA Series Advanced Programmable Terminal/HMI
Enable faster, more efficient control and monitoring with wide screen models: 7, 9, 12 and 15 inches.