Robot wins on aggregate


A leading special-purpose machine builder has released a video showing a robot working as part of a flagship form-fill-seal bagging system in the aggregate industry.


Established more than 65 years ago and still family-owned and run, Haith Group is one of the UK’s premier designers and manufacturers of specialised machinery. In addition to a significant UK customer base, the business also exported machines to 13 countries in 2020. Haith’s special build capabilities include bespoke palletising and bagging systems as well as tailored, fully mobile form-fill-seal machines for aggregate and root crop handling systems.


Haith’s recently released video shows a Kawasaki CP180L robot deployed as part of a typical form-fill-seal system. The robot is seen picking up the filled and sealed bags of aggregate, each weighing up to 40kg, lifting and rotating them through 90° and then stacking them in the approved and programmed pattern onto adjacent pallets ready for dispatch. 


Commenting on a record year for sales of its latest systems featuring the palletising robot facility, Haith’s Carl Taylor said: “We have used Kawasaki robots exclusively for more than 25 years on all our special-purpose systems. They have performed faultlessly. Our business has established a hard-won reputation for designing and delivering systems with unrivalled durability and reliability coupled with long service life. That is exactly what our experience of Kawasaki robots has been too”.


Kawasaki Robotics’ Ian Hensman added: “We are in our 26th year of partnership with Haith and are delighted to have secured this latest order from them. Their machines are precisely tailored to customer requirements, and our robots offer the freedoms, flexibilities and durability that the Haith design team know they can rely on”.


Kawasaki’s CP180L is one of the manufacturers’ most popular robots in the UK and is widely used across many industries. It is particularly suited to challenging applications in arduous environments where heavy payloads and high precision coupled with speed and accuracy are required. Carrying its maximum payload of 180kg, the 5-axis robot offers a reach of 3,255mm and a palletising capability of more than 2,000 cycles/hr. Despite the speed, positional accuracy when carrying the 180kg payload at maximum reach is +/- 0.5mm.


The recently released Haith Group video can be viewed at


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