Handling Cans and Glass Containers

  • Richard K. Miller
Part of the VNR Competitive Manufacturing Series book series (VNRCMS)


Industrial robots have been demonstrated to handle can and glass containers, as well perform palletizing. The use of industrial robots for these application is becoming increasingly popular because of several robot attributes:
  1. a.

    Robots can not be injured by broken glass.

  2. b.

    Robots can perform material handling tasks continuously without fatigue or bordom.

  3. c.

    Robots can lift heavier payloads than humans.

  4. d.

    Robots can be equipped with special grippers to handle fragile glass products. Once programmed, the robot will handle the glass with equal care every time. This results in reduced breakage.

  5. e.

    Since some operations are continuous, a robot can be utilized 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to achieve a rapid payback.



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    Segar, B., “Boxing Palletizing Carried Out by Means of an Industrial Robot with Sophisticated Control System,” Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Industrial Robots, 1975, pp 557–562.Google Scholar

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