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Optimising the application of adhesives thanks to cobotics

Meler, HMI-MBS et Universal Robots pool their know-how to offer an adhesive application workshop with the help of a collaborative robot. The demonstration took place on January 19 at Meler’s Orleans facility.

The application of adhesives in every industry is only one stage of the production process in many sectors. It is a part of the whole. That is why the Meler France team, in collaboration with HMI-MBS and Universal Robots, has organised a workshop on its premises to show how cobotics could optimise adhesive application at the end of the line.

STABILISATION OF PALLETS WITH ADHESIVE…AND A COBOT

The day’s programme included a presentation by the organising companies and a real demonstration in which the attendees, with technical profiles from industries such as aeronautics, or the automotive industry, were able to see the advantages that a collaborative robot can bring to any adhesive application. Sylvain Pitard, Sales Director of Meler’s French subsidiary, and Julien Plault, HMI-MBS sales technician, explained two real cases of adhesive application in palletising processes.

THE PRODUCTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANTAGES

The logistics sector has been quick to implement the combination of both technologies: cobotics and adhesive application because of the production benefits they bring to the profitability of the end-of-line. Occupational risks related to loading and transporting goods are reduced (1) and operators can focus on other, higher value-added tasks.

However, the interest in introducing these technologies is not just about cost efficiency and safety. By introducing the application of adhesives, we also eliminate the use of single-use packaging materials (2) and achieve excellent results in the unification of goods. It is this ecological aspect that continues to drive many companies to change their end-of-line installations.