Robotic egg picker reduces costs by 83%
A new robotic egg picker and
sorter can reduce labour costs by approximately 83%, according to
The SmartPacker, revealed at the
year's International Poultry Expo (IPE) in Atlanta, has a FANUC robot as its
centre, operated through a system that can be accessed through the plant's
internal local area network (LAN).
The robotic arm is designed to
place centre dividers into 24 and 30 dozen untaped cases and pack 15 dozen
cases. The robot can handle 30 unit bulk trays and place foam and pulp cartons
into shipping cases automatically, reducing the need for manual port-cartoning
checks, claims Smart Motion.
Smart Motion Robotics' vice
president, Ed Buckley, says robotic automation is helping to transform the egg
industry. "There have been attempts to automate this process in the past, but
our robotic system is successfully in production on multiple farms with amazing
results,â€ he said.
For the latest poultry
news, subscribe here
To comment, login here
Or register to be able to comment.