Syntegon has launched Syntegon RPP – a newly-developed robotic pick-and-place platform that the company says is set to revolutionize the automation of packaging lines.

The Syntegon RPP platform automates process steps such as handling, feeding, and loading, and is designed to function as a modular system. This allows individual configuration of the robotic cells.

“Each customer project is different. Thanks to the modular RPP platform, we can handle a wide variety of products. The Delta robots can be flexibly connected and, together with transport modules, seamlessly integrated into an overall system,” explains Andreas Schildknecht, product manager for robotics at Syntegon.

“Together with our customers, we can automate single process steps consecutively and in line with their needs or budgets, following the principle ‘build as you grow’. Moreover, the platform can be scaled to suit different production capacities, while multiple cells can be connected.”

The solution’s open control software apparently ensures the seamless integration of the Delta robots into the line.

Meanwhile, Syntegon says that RPP cells provide excellent visibility, easy access, and efficient cleaning. The stainless steel robotic cells also meet the IP65 protection class – minimizing the risk of contamination for both current and future hygiene requirements in the food industry.

Lastly, the tool-free format changeover reportedly reduces downtime, allowing manufacturers to process different products on the same line and to respond quickly to changing market demands.

“The growing need for more flexibility and efficiency will be increasingly realized by integrated robotics solutions. Automation is the future,” says Dr. Silke Blumer, vice president of strategy and product management for Syntegon’s food business unit.

“With the Syntegon RPP platform, we are paving the way for future manufacturing. However, we have by no means reached the end of the road. Our unique combination of mechanical engineering, robotics, and industry expertise makes the Syntegon RPP platform one step of many, albeit a very important one.”