Turkish chocolate manufacturer BOLÇİ needed to meet its promise of delivering chocolate products that are ‘untouched by human hand’. Omron and Innovas joined forces to commission a line of three Omron robots in the packaging section of the factory’s production line, with the aim of enhancing production quality and reducing labour costs.
The challenge: improving production capacity and efficiency
BOLÇİ currently exports to 13 countries, but wants to increase this number each year. It also wants to build its production capacity and efficiency; minimise any production errors; and improve its infrastructure.
Prior to introducing the Omron robots, the chocolates were placed manually into dividers in the packaging area.
However, the company faces seasonal variations in demand and at special occasions in the year. As a result, sales could increase on a daily basis and the production needed to be adjusted accordingly.
Innovas installed three Omron robots for BOLÇİ. These are now used to pick and place the chocolates into the dividers, which has saved time and minimised the amount of labour required. The three robots work in sync with each other as part of an integrated system that includes visual inspection, safety and the robotic systems. Because chocolate is a very delicate material, it’s important that its shape doesn’t deteriorate during the process. This requires accurate positioning and a very precise handling of the product.