BOX OPENING SOLUTIONS

The IBOD System: Intelligent Box Opening Solutions

The Intelligent Box Opening Device (IBOD) is an inline, pass-through box opener for automating manual box cutting operations. The IBOD has built-in intelligence, measuring the size of every incoming case to automatically find the programmed cut lines. Boxes can be fed in pre-set size order or in mixed order without the need to run batches of the same size. The IBOD is fully programmable and comes in two variations. The IBOD ONE is capable of cutting the top cases at rates up to 450 cartons per hour, and the IBOD DUO is capable of opening up to 750 cartons per hour.

ibodmainThe IBOD is available in three main cutting configurations: box top, front pick window, and tape seal cuts. It is completely automatic, self-feeding, and self-aligning. The IBOD uses photo optic and linear displacement measurements to derive the dimensions of each box as it is automatically captured and positioned for cutting. A programmable motion device transforms the prescribed cut pattern to each box size. Blade stops and a box snugger are used together to give the cutting robot a squared and stationary target. The IBOD robot then uses software-controlled automation to cut boxes according to precise specifications defined by the customer.

The IBOD features heavy welded steel frame construction with main frame components fabricated from 100mm welded steel tube with heavy gauge steel panels and guarding. The front side panel and access door is 18mm thick acrylic for rigidity and safety. The IBOD improves productivity, eliminates injuries, and minimizes damaged product associated with manually cutting boxes. The IBOD is the only patented automated box opener on the market!

IBOD Options:

Automatic Blade Changer:

IBOD models are available with an optional automatic blade changer (ABC) that senses dulling blades and changes them automatically in seconds. The “ABC” provides IBODs with significantly less blade changing time maximizing throughput.

Cut Options:

IBODs can be equipped with the  additional programming and  tooling for a window cut for  easier picking during the order  fulfillment process or a top tape  cut to preserve the box for  reuse.

Automated Case Extraction:

Automated Case Extraction is  an add on module that  removes the lid and empties  the case contents of cartons  into bins or on conveyor after  the box top has been cut by the  IBOD. Custom solutions can be  developed for most scenarios.

Operational Description:

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    1. A carton is fed to the IBOD via infeed conveyor.
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    3. The selected cut recipe is used to cut the carton.
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    2. The box enters the cut zone and will be dimensioned.
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    4. After the carton is cut the box is conveyed out of the cutting zone.

IBOD specifications:

Operational Description:

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    1. A carton is fed to the IBOD via infeed conveyor.
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    3. The box then enters the cut zone and will be dimensioned
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    5. After the carton is cut the box is conveyed out of the cutting zone.
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    2. The box is sorted to the appropriate lane.
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    4. The selected cut recipe is used to cut the carton.
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    6. The box is sorted to the outfeed conveyor.

IBOD specifications:

User-Friendly HMI:

Cut settings are adjusted through a touch  screen Human Machine Interface (HMI)  where machine status is shown. Cut  parameters and exception handling are  changed through touch screen slide bars  and buttons. The changes made are  graphically reflected on the screen in real  time. A user customized score board can  display a wide variety of system  information andreports.

An administrator or maintenance level  logon gives access to wide variety of  maintenance level screens and event  logs. Troubleshooting is simplified with  graphical representations of I/O points  and component communications. The  IBOD controls are set-up for remote  diagnostics, repair and software updates  (internet connectionrequired).