Christophe Duplan* discusses how the latest version of a swabbing robot has been installed on an Emhart AIS machine and explains the benefits it brings to air quality and operator well-being.
Novaxion has installed 50 of its SR200 Swabbing Robots into glass bottle manufacturing plants in the past 12 years, including 11 robots in 2017 alone in Austria, South Korea, Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, USA and Japan.
The company has a further 10 installations on its order books for 2018.
In 2011, Novaxion developed the first hanged-up Swabbing Robot, which was integrated into a GPS machine in Saint-Gobain Oberland’s plant in Germany.
See photo to the left.
In 2017, Bucher Emhart Glass and Novaxion began to work together to implement a new hanged-up Swabbing Robot version V2.0. This robot has been integrated into an Emhart AIS machine at a European bottle manufacturer. See photo to the left.
Swabbing Robot version V2.0. is exclusively distributed by Bucher Emhart Glass
Successful tests have also been made on an NIS machine.
As all IS machines are not adapted to receive a hanged-up robot, the version V1.2 (with the rail installed on valves block) is still available.
These two versions of Novaxion’s Swabbing Robots allow benefits such as :
Novaxion's experience means it can draw meaningful conclusions about the quick payback of its robots.
The installation of its robots provides numerous benefits, including:
(depending on the factories and type of production).
These savings added to the increase of the “pack to melt” ratio enables a return on investment within six to 18 months. A calculation tool to calculate the return on investment can be provided on request.
Its robot allows the operators to work in a workplace with better air quality and safer working conditions. Operators' exposure time to smoke and noise is decreased, leading to better health impact.