XPAR Vision and Novaxion joined forces, in the commercialization of the SR200 Swabbing Robot. This robot, that effectively replaces manual swabbing, was originally developed within a exclusive partnership of the French company Novaxion, together with a global glass packaging manufacturer. Since the exclusivity of this partnership ended, XPAR Vision has joined Novaxion in the worldwide promotion and sales of the Swabbing Robot.
The strong combination, of innovative technology and the access to the worldwide market of renowned glassmakers, recently resulted in four new customers. Factories in Asia, Central Europe and Turkey together commissioned fifteen SR200 Swabbing Robots. The success is a logical result of the proven concept, that Novaxion has developed over the last years. More than 30 units are already in operation, worldwide.
The SR200 Swabbing Robot is capable of applying lubricants to any type of blank, from NNPB lightweight bottles to heavy Blow-Blow bottles (for example champagne). Extensive experience with the variety of products has resulted in a very efficient lubricant application, dedicated to any blank profile. How much, when and where the lubricant is applied, is easy and flexible to program, in the intuitive User Interface of the SR200.
Efficient & effective
The system can swab on-the-fly (no section stops), is able to lubricate the full profile of the blank and even the neck rings. The biggest benefit is, that the swabbing of the blanks is standardized, with equal application of lubricant in each blank. Less lubricant is applied compared to manual swabbing. This allows the blank temperatures to return to normal levels faster. Logically this results in significant gain in efficiency, with less defects produced. In addition, the operator is relieved from his swabbing task, is gaining time to control the IS-Machine more effectively.
With the efficient application, savings in lubricant consumption can be more than 70%. Besides that, the system reduces the safety risks for the operators as well. The SR200 accepts a variety of lubricants from different vendors, allowing the customer to maintain its relationship with current vendors. Another positive side effect is, that blanks stay cleaner for a longer period of time. This means increased stand time and the blanks require less maintenance and repairs at the mould shop.
Conclusively, the SR200 Swabbing Robot, proven at more than 40 installations, is an easy to operate automatic blank swabbing system which provides immediate payback on any production line with increased safety for the workers on the shop floor.