The LAP-C carton folding machine, by GTE-engineering, is a fully automated packaging system with a small footprint. The project, lead by Mark van den Munckhof was developed for a GTE customer in the medical industry.
To fit a cleanroom, GTE used their Lean Automation Platform circular (LAP-C) along with Mecademic's Meca500 robotic arm. This guaranteed a small footprint --an essential requirement as their customer intends to use the machine in a cleanroom.
On why GTE chose Mecademic's robotic arm:
The Mecademic robot offers a unique solution to precision positioning and manipulation in tight spaces, an intelligent alternative to fixed automation. The small robotic arms are easily integrated into a final product. It can be installed on a production line or used as a desktop tool. It enables a whole new range of processes, products and opportunities that were impossible before. It’s till now the smallest, most compact and precise 6-axis industrial robot that we have found.
LAP-C folding machine
The folding machine is comprised of six stations that automatically separate flat boxes, apply glue, then fold them.
Briefly: The first four stations fold and glue each box using a hot melt adhesive. At the fifth station, an insert is folded and placed into each box. At the sixth and final station, each box is closed and automatically discharged onto a packing table.