Technologies

Multi-Channel Adaptive Packaging Machine


Abstract/Technology Overview

Automating packaging processes for irregular products such as potatoes, dried mushrooms, and rock sugar are a challenge due to its irregularity in shape, size, and weight. These irregularities also possess a challenge for automated solutions to obtain the required weight for each package. Coupled with the strict regulatory weight variance control, manufacturers have to rely on manual packing of irregular goods to ensure that their goods are within the acceptable weight variance. The technology offers an automated and less labour intensive solution for packing of irregular goods. The “multi-pocket” concept was developed to tackle this challenge and is specially designed for dry food products. It requires fewer weights checks than the conventional multi-head machines, thus helping businesses to increase their productivity in manpower and throughput.


Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

Conventional multi-head packaging machines employ many weighing chambers to increase the probability of achieving the desired weight in for packaged products. As a result, it significantly increases the cost of the machine. The technology cost effective scalable machine with the following features: 

  • Modular design, i.e. each main section can be removed and attached as required

  • Easy maintenance

  • Lower Cost compared to standard conventional multi-head machine

  • Higher weight accuracy

  • Highly Efficient

  • Scalable

  • Lesser weighing chambers, increasing the probability of attaining the optimal outcome

  • Products are weighed by the chambers and dispensed into the respective storage pockets


Potential Applications

This machine is useful for 

  • Packing dry food product of irregular shape, size and weight, for example potatoes, dried mushrooms and rock sugar.

  • Smaller SME requiring a smaller scale automation machine 

  • Scalable and capable of catering to increasing demands.

  • Non-food products that have similar challenges such as charcoal, precious stones, and pebbles, etc.   


Customer Benefit

It is important for SME to invest on a machine that is configurable to their business operation and scalable for future needs. Besides having to save on the equipment cost upfront, SME will be able to free up their factory space. The machine requires a lower capital investment and can be easily upgraded as the requirements grow.  

OVERVIEW
Contact Person

Justin Foo

Organisation

Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore

Technology Category
  • Packaging / Storage
  • Assembly / Automation / Robotics
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 5