Polar Mohr introduces fully automatic robotic solution for label production

Robot technology from Dienst grabs the bundle of labels and places them in the shipping box.

The complete, fully autonomous DC-12 RAPID produces die-cut label bundles and packs them in trays ready for delivery. With synergies in the development between Polar Mohr and packaging specialist Dienst, the fully automatic, operator-free process was developed from sheet to tray. RAPID stands for Robotics for Autonomous Processing of Industrial Die-Cut Labels. In July of this year, Polar Mohr presented the DC-12 RAPID digitally via video. The system was later fully installed and presented at Innovation Week at Heidelberg’s showroom in Heidelberg, Germany in October. The blue robot, which takes over the last production step, caused a particular stir. The DC-12 RAPID will now be an integral part of the Heidelberg showroom and available for in-person demonstrations.

Most efficient system on the market

The Polar Label System DC-12 PLUS, which at 1,440 bundles per hour is the fastest system on the market according to the OEM, was the basis for the new technology. Sophisticated automation components helped the system for processing die-cut labels reach new performance levels – with automatic loading of cutting layers, a cutter for fully automatic cutting of strips and, at the end of the workflow, a sorting and packing station that picks up individual bundles by robot, turns and places them sorted in the tray. This high degree of automation means that manual interventions aren’t required at any point in the process.

A major step towards Industry 4.0

Operation is intuitive and uncomplicated via an HMI that meets the latest industry standards. Remote servicing is also possible. A format change takes only 15 minutes via a menu-guided job change, its format memory, and Polar OptiChange. This patented change-frame system reduces make-ready times by allowing large parts of the job change to be prepared outside of the machine. Interfaces for the acquisition of data such as downtimes, die-cutting strokes, etc. are also provided.

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