Robotic cake divider makes use of ultrasonic cutter

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Robotic cake divider makes use of ultrasonic cutter

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A compact stand-alone robotic cutting cell, specifically for use in the food industry, has been developed by Mitsubishi Electric Automation and Western Mechanical Handling (WMH) UK.

The cutting cell uses a WMH UK conveyor and control technology with a Mitsubishi Electric six-axis robot and Telsonic ultrasonic cutting blades to provide a robust, hygienic unit with the flexibility to cope with a range of product cutting and portioning requirements.

Offering both radial and parallel cutting, the unit has been used for dividing round cakes and rectangular tray-bakes into individual portions upstream of packing. It has also been used for slicing cheese and cutting large blocks into retail pack sizes.

“Combining the robot with ultrasonic cutting provides accurate and repeatable cutting with minimal product changeovers,” ​says a WMH spokesman. “The advantage of a robotic arm over a traditional cutter is the flexibility that it gives. Changes to cutting patterns and additional products can be accommodated relatively simply with changes to the programme.”

Contact: WMH UK

Related topics: Bakery

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