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.
The 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!
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.
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.
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).