ESS TaskMate with FANUC M-1iA Robot Provides Automatic Blister Loader for Starview Packaging Machinery

Live Demonstration in Booth 5714

Blacksburg, VA — ESS Technologies has integrated the TaskMate® Robotic Blister Loading System with a Starview Packaging Machinery blister sealing machine to create a fully automatic system for loading and sealing blister packages. The ESS robotic cell combines a FANUC M-1iA robot with ESS-designed end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) to create a system that reduces repetitive motion in loading blister sealing machines and other types of packaging machinery. ESS Technologies, Inc. will be demonstrating the TaskMate® with our OEM partner, Starview Packaging Machinery in Starview's booth # 5714. ESS Technologies, Inc. and Starview project engineers will be available in the booth to discuss the system and its application in a wide variety of packaging lines.

For the Pack Expo demonstration, the Starview blister packaging machine will load empty blisters into 1x2 configured sealing fixtures. The integrated TaskMate® Robotic Blister Loading System integrates a FANUC M-1iA with vision to locate randomly scattered USB drives from a conveyor and load them into blisters in a 2-up configuration. The robot uses custom, vacuum EOAT to pick USB drives from the conveyor, orient them correctly and place them into the blisters. The machine then automatically indexes to the card back placement and blister sealing stations. The TaskMate® system works in a number of packaging environments, including clean room settings.

The compact tabletop platform design with Category 4 interlocked and gasketed polycarbonate safety guarding and "quick connect" EOAT easily integrates with most process or packaging equipment. Enhanced motion control, speed, vision, and robotic dexterity make the TaskMate® system ideal for repetitive pick and place applications. The robot EOAT can be designed to handle one or multiple products in a single pick. Spreading mechanisms allow the tooling to fan the picked product to fit the any blister platen configuration (e.g., 1x2, 1x4, 2x2, 2x4, 2x5, etc.) allowing the robotic loader to easily match cycle speeds and maximize the productivity of the blister packaging machine. With numerous robotic blister loaders installed throughout North America, ESS is an experienced integrator with a proven track record of providing reliable, innovative packaging machinery solutions.

About Starview Packaging Machinery

Starview Packaging Machinery, Inc., a leading manufacturer of packaging machinery, is celebrating over 20 years of supplying standard and custom packaging systems for blister and clamshell sealing, medical and pharmaceutical packaging, skin packaging and die cutting, food tray packaging, thermoforming, and vacuum forming. Starview's management team, with over a century of combined experience, strives to continuously exceed our customers' needs and expectations. We provide a complete range of both standard and customized quality packaging systems, and Starview machines are offered worldwide through a network of Authorized Distributors who provide sales and service for our machines as well as the packaging materials used in conjunction with the machines.

Starview Contact Information

Stephen Bates, CPP

Director of Sales and Marketing

(888) 278-5555

About ESS Technologies, Inc.

ESS Technologies, Inc., founded in 1993, specializes in complete packaging line design, equipment manufacturing, and integration. Our expertise includes filling/capping equipment, robotic palletizing systems, automatic cartoners, robotic and wrap around case packers, custom designed solutions for medical device and test kit assembly, and integrated robotics. ESS is an authorized FANUC Robotics integrator and a FANUC Strategic Partner for end-of-line packaging and palletizing in pharmaceutical applications. Engineered for reliability and efficiency, ESS Technologies' products offer you tomorrow's packaging technology today.


Kim Norris

Sales Project Coordinator

ESS Technologies, Inc.

3160 State Street

Blacksburg, VA 24060

(540) 961-5716


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