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Flexible robotic systems for automated adaptive packaging of fresh and processed food products

Objective

The PickNPack concept offers the food industry the benefits of automation – cost reduction, greater hygiene and more efficient use of resources – combined with the unique ability to adapt to the product and batch size at hand. PickNPack will give the European food industry a vital competitive advantage in the rapidly changing marketplace of the future, where customers demand more quality, more choice and more safety for lower prices. The project will develop three types of modules that can cope with the typical variability of food products and the requirements of the sector regarding hygiene, economics and adaptability. Three modules are working closely together. A sensing module that assesses quality of the individual or small batch products before or after packaging (i), a vision controlled robotic handling module that picks up and separates the product from a harvest bin or transport system and places it in the right position in a package (ii) and an adaptive packaging module that can accommodate various types of packaging with flexibility in terms of package shape, size, product environment, sealing and printing (iii). These modules connect to a multipoint framework for flexible integration into a production line that optimally makes use of the capabilities of the modules. The communication is based on a shared, vendor-independent vocabulary. The combination of modules will be with a user-friendly interface and all modules are equipped with automated cleaning systems to ensure hygiene. All available information in the production chain and the information produced by the sensors in the system is combined, stored and made available to the different modules and both upstream and downstream in the chain. With added intelligence this will lead to maximum performance in quality, reducing change over time, reducing time for reprogramming, adaption to operators, reducing waste of food and packaging material and stock. Human intervention will be reduced to a minimum.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
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Christianne Marcelis- Van Acker (Dr.)
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€ 1 897 560

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TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
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€ 1 044 009
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Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup

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Dorte Dalsgaard (Ms.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
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€ 908 333
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Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia Astondo Bidea Edificio 700
48160 Derio (Bizkaia)

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Jon Agirre (Mr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
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€ 1 261 187
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Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Tine Heylen (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
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€ 975 572
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Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester

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Liz Fay (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
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€ 449 825
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Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Walter Krause (Mr.)
LACQUEY BV
Netherlands
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€ 201 001
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Molengraaffsingel 12-14
2629 JD Delft

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Richard Van Der Linde (Dr.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA
Spain
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€ 280 200
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Calle Albert Einstein 1 Parque Tecnologico De Valencia
46980 Paterna

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Ana Viñas Ruiz (Ms.)
SPECTROSCAN SARL

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France
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Module 5, Rue Des Grives 95
38920 Crolles

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Jean-Bernard Perrin (Mr.)
FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Spain
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Txatxarramendi Ugartea Z/g
48395 Sukarrieta

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Jose Angel Hormaetxea (Mr.)
MAREL HF
Iceland
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€ 388 729
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Austurhrauni 9
210 Gardabaer

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Ageir Asgeirsson (Mr.)
CAM-TECH AS
Denmark
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€ 508 458
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Fabriksvangen 7
3550 Slangerup

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Stella Lykkegaard (Ms.)
XaarJet AB
Sweden
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€ 132 578
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Elektronikhojden 10
17526 Jarfalla

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Werner Zapka (Dr.)
MARKS AND SPENCER PLC
United Kingdom
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€ 21 623
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North Whalf Road - Waterside House 35
W2 1NW London

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Joanne Bowen (Ms.)
INNOSPEXION APS
Denmark
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€ 310 299
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Horseager 14
4330 Hvalso

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Michelangelo Giorgi (Mr.)