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Keywords : Industrial Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Discrete Process-oriented simulation.
In robotized food packaging lines the performance depends on the number of products packed per time unit, product loss percentage and the percentage of completely filled packages. This paper presents a feasibility study to investigate a new packaging concept where the product and box conveyors are uncoupled by introducing buffer positions for boxes with each packaging robot. The new concept proves to be superior with respect to all performance aspects. Above that the concept enables immediate and full-speed startup from all situations.
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