Crown Cork & Seal

Scrap Metal Bales Easily Handled with Robotic Palletizer

Crown Cork and Seal turned to Bastian Solutions to find a robotic arm capable of assisting with palletizing scrap briquettes at the company’s facility in Mankato, Minnesota. Bastian's robotic palletizing solution was able to meet system throughput while also maintaining 50 percent over-speed for future expansion.


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Business Objectives

  • Handle variable length, bright scarp aluminum bales, ranging from +1” to -4” and a baseline length of 12”
  • Variable bale length meant producing a unique pallet pattern for every load
  • Reduce operational costs and improve ergonomic conditions
  • System located in existing baler scrap room with dimensional constraint
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Key Technologies

  • FANUC R-2000iB 165kg Robot with Aux Axis Package
  • Servo-driven robotic end of arm tool (EoAT) with integrated Schunk linear ball screw and FANUC servo motor
  • 3-strand drag chain pallet conveyors and pallet bin
  • Hytrol infeed conveyor
  • MicroLogix PLC integrated into the FANUC robot control panel with PanelView 600 HMI
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  • Met system throughput while maintaining 50% over-speed for future expansion
  • Removed operator handling of aluminum bales during normal production
  • Provided additional functionality of a robotic cell bypass for scheduled preventative maintenance and downtime
  • ROI based on reduced manpower and work-related injuries
  • Received a follow-up order for the Cheraw, SC facility and letter of recommendation
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