Partnership

Septimatech

Septimatech is an SME in Waterloo, ON with 60 staff and a 26,000 sq. ft. facility. Septimatech designs and manufactures customized container changeover technology for consumer goods packaging, specializing in increasing productivity and reducing downtime.

The Waterloo RoboHub is the home of robotics at the University of Waterloo, bringing together all of the related technical, educational, research, and other services and experience into one central group

Challenge

  • Currently, modular, multi-lane packaging line systems rely mainly on manual reconfiguration.
  • Automation and robotics technology companies tend to specialize in single areas, such as software, mobile platforms or robotic arms.
  • Septimatech approached RoboHub because they are uniquely able to integrate these technologies into a specific application (i.e., consumer goods package handling and changeover).

Solution

  • The project is currently in the early R&D stage.
  • Septimatech and RoboHub are developing a automated robotic technology to showcase at the 2019 PACK Expo in Las Vegas, which will target major retailers and manufacturers of consumer goods (e.g., Loblaws, Publix, Kroeger, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, etc.).
Septimatech conveyer belt set up for testing
Model of a Multi-lane Adjustment system with manual reconfiguration

Impact

  • This collaborative project is a direct result of Septimatech’s attendance at the Open House held by Waterloo AMC on April 23, 2019, and through Septimatech’s relationship with Waterloo’s MBET program.
  • The integration of autonomous robotic technology into consumer packaged goods assembly lines is thought to be the first of its kind in Ontario, and possibly in Canada.
  • The project is anticipated to grow and lead to continued collaboration between Waterloo and Septimatech.