At our booth visitors can see a robotic line with a cell of 12 Triaflex robots designed to pick up product and put it in trays, a solution well suited to confectionery, bakery and a variety of other sectors. Of note, the machine has an Industry 4.0 package, encompassing a Digital Twin, Augmented Reality .
The machine we are going to exhibit is a fully integrated robotic solution, with a very small footprint and a cell of Cama’s own 12 Triaflex delta robots working in co-flow, therefore capable of packaging about 1000 products per minute.
These robots feature an anti-collision system, which allows them to work in a very small space without interfering with each other’s functions. The cell configuration allows for two product loading lines, one on the right and one on the left, with various pick & place patterns able to be handled.
The lines have an advanced vision system, which allows them to recognize product shapes and do quality checks. They are also equipped with an integrated digital-twin simulation system, the flagship of the first phase of Industry 4.0.
Even before the machine was produced, in fact, we focused on preventive design, dedicated engineering that allowed us to simulate the behaviour of the products and their interaction with grippers and packaging.
All of this is visualized with a large HMI touch screen, mounted directly on the machine and allowing users to see virtual twin operating in sync with the live machine. Digital twin technology and the ability to simulate solutions during the design phase of machine realisation is a game changing technology to allow Cama as a machine builder to get machine built right first time to deliver successful projects for our customers.
This design strategy is very useful in sectors such as frozen food, where there is no guarantee of being able to test product which is 100% representative before machine installation, due to the need to maintain sufficient quantity of products in the cold chain, which in that sector are often tons processed per hour on very fast lines. The digital twin therefore helps to simulate a real production cycle and helps to prevent problems that, if discovered during assembly and testing, can be a very serious problem.
Cama’s Industry 4.0 capability also includes an augmented reality package where through the use of a tablet, overlays for user information relating to maintenance, changeover and spare parts are brough to life for the user as an augmented reality view on the tablet’s screen. This information, which was previously accessible with the paper manual, is displayed on screen via QR code. This is a user-friendly solution that almost completely replaces the traditional manual, and makes accessing the right information easier and more effective, an ideal tool for supporting staff training.
For 2022, and looking forward, Cama is rolling out it’s technology into new segments, including Personal, Home & Healthcare, a sector in which we have already increased our turnover since last year, with a range of innovative machines that have taken us out of our traditional market, allowing us to face new challenges that we have successfully learnt from and solved with new solutions.
In fact, we have adapted our technology, which were develop for the specialized food industry, to meet the needs of the non-food sectors, exploring new opportunities such as assembly, where packaging and product handling combine, creating opportunities and challenges with the likes of components, adhesive tape, cosmetics, but also returning to food, where the likes of meal kits or ready meals are assembled from a variety of food components.
About Cama Group:
Since 1981, CAMA has been a leader in engineering and manufacturing complete high-tech secondary packaging systems for the food and non-food sectors. The Packaging and Robotics divisions make up CAMA’s offering for complete lines, from primary packaging handling to finished packaging ready for palletization. The added value of Cama machines is the total customization of the solutions provided; our applications include specifications tailored by the customer, in order to provide them with an absolutely customized product.
About Cama France:
Created in 1984, the french subsidiary has a team of around fifteen people focused on supporting french customers. This team with technical and commercial skills contributes in the study of the best technical and maintenance solution of each customer’s machine project. Involved since the very beginning of the project our local services team participate to all kick-off meetings, assembly phase, FAT – SAT, training, etc…