The sorting robot takes over the automatic sorting of the bottles in the continuous running crate.
The robot can be scaled or expanded depending on the available space and the task at hand. It consists of several individual sorting stations, each of which has two to four packing tulips.
One packing tulip is responsible for removing the wrong bottle, the other for inserting the correct bottle. The correct bottle is brought along from the buffer, so that the travel ways are reduced to a minimum.
The 4-tulip operation is useful for sorting crates with a mixing > 50% (to avoid too many empty crates). In this operating mode, a crate can be emptied completely in one pass and filled again completely sorted.
The wrong bottles are removed and the correct bottles are inserted in the continuous crate, i.e. the packing tulips travel with the crate at the same transport speed. It is not necessary to stop the crates; the speed (and thus also the sorting capacity) remain constant.
As each sorting station is responsible for only one bottle and the packing tulips can move to any position in the crate, crates of different partition types can also be sorted simultaneously. Thus, for example, both 20- and 24-crates (long-side-leading) and 11-crates (short-side-leading) can be moved through the robot. No special format parts or conversion work is necessary.
The capacity of the sorting robot is approx. 1,200 crates per hour, depending on the expansion level.
The robot can also be equipped with an empty crate infeeder for several crates, so that even non-production or foreign bottles can be collected in the right crate.