A reconfigurable robotic folding system for confectionery industry
Purpose ‐ This paper aims to investigate reconfigurable technology using robotic technology for folding carton in confectionery industry. Design/methodology/approach ‐ Based on the analysis of common motion and manipulation, modules such as robotic fingers and robotic folders are explored and designed. A robotic system is then constructed by arranging those modules for diverse cartons. Findings ‐ A prototyped test rig shows the adaptability of the robotic system. The reconfigurability of the robotic system is realized and verified by experiments and an industrial demonstrator. Practical implications ‐ This research leads to the development of a demonstrator, manufactured and controlled by industries, to further commercial exploitation of this robotic system. It has been applied in a strict industry environment for a chocolate manufacturer. Originality/value ‐ This robotic system applied successfully the theory of reconfigurability by using modularity in packaging systems into confectionery industry.
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