Between 2007 and 2012,
Ovoconcept introduced robots
into packing centres
to automate certain tasks.
The company STERRER GmbH, represented by DI Gerold STERRER,
has been a major player on the Austrian poultry market since 1931.
The company is Austria’s sole distributor for the German equipment manufacturer Big Dutchmann and for our partner Sime-Tek, the Italian farmpacker and grader manufacturer. Moreover, STERRER GmbH has produced table eggs for more than 25 years.
With the construction of an additional building to accommodate 20,000 laying hens, totalling 45,000 layers on the same production site, STERRER GmbH needed to update its egg collection equipment.
In an effort to rationalise labour costs, STERRER GmbH decided to invest in the FLASHPACK solution, a new farmpacker with a rate of 40,000 eggs/hour, and the JUNIOR AE40LC, our palletising robot.
This brand new production line allows the company to collect two times the volume of eggs with reduced egg collection times and improved working conditions.
Thanks to OMAS SPOL SRO, our Czech Republic representative,
we installed our first JUNIOR AE80 egg trays palletizing robot on a 160,000-hen layer farm.
The production site forms part of the Czech Republic company AG MAIWALD.
Installed behind the farmpacker (72,000 eggs/hour), our JUNIOR AE80 robot can build two 6-tray stacks simultaneously at a maximum rate of 80,000 eggs/hour.
For the most versatile robot solution, we installed a top tray denester to pack the eggs in carton or plastic trays. The full pallets are evacuated via a stainless-steel automatic output chain conveyor and weighed individually thanks to an integrated weighing system.
These two Central European installations solidify our approach to international development. We extend our sincere gratitude to these two clients for their trust, and we are convinced that this type of installation will continue cropping up in this region of Europe.
Thanks to regular attendance at international trade shows and a successful collaboration with
our Italian partner Sime-Tek, we installed three egg trays palletising robots in Italy,
one of which was for the company Brunello.
Mr. Brunello was won over by the Sime-Tek farmpacker during a visit to a complete installation in Brittany! He chose a double packer, the FLASHPACK 80,000 eggs/hour and a palletising robot, the full-option OVOPERFORMER P400 with two tray denester automatic feeding systems on the packer. The robot is equipped with a 90° stack transfer system after the stacker (handles a single batch on two packing lanes). It takes and builds four 6-tray stacks simultaneously, then full pallets are automatically evacuated with an accumulation capacity of three pallets. “We opted for the Sime-Tek-Ovoconcept combo because of this production line’s unrivalled efficiency, flexibility and reliability”, Mr. Brunello told us.
The Dauchy family’s most recent challenge was finding a solution for managing bulk eggs (30 trays)
packed in cardboard boxes.
After study and analysis with the management team, they decided on the robot cell Ovomulticaser. This robot solution is positioned directly at the two grader lanes exits. It creates and fills cardboard boxes with 60, 90,180 or 360 eggs).
The rear of the robot features case erector. Cardboard blanks are laid flat in the magazine. Gantry technology takes the blanks one by one, then a carriage takes the blank, erects the cardboard box, closes the bottom flaps and positions the box for filling.
An automated arm takes the egg trays at the grader lane exits and fills the required cases. The robot solution may also include a top tray denester.
Once the cardboard box is full, it is ejected onto a conveyor, identified via a local labelling printer at the robot cell exit and sent to the taping machine. Finally, it is sent to the palletiser at the end of the line where all the packages from the different workstations are managed.
This Ovomulticaser robot cell, with a rate of up to 20,000 eggs/hour, allows MARTINIQUE AVICULTURE to process all their bulk eggs in cases for the day’s production. They just have to feed the magazines with the cardboard blanks and top trays.
Ovoconcept is quite proud of this installation and would like to thank the Dauchy family once again for the trust they showed in us by purchasing their 6th robot solution in six years.
The family’s highly automated packing centre is a perfect example of the reliable solutions Ovoconcept offers its clients, even at 8,000 km from its hubs.