Parason, one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of pulp and paper machinery, has collaborated with ABB in India to automate and up-scale production of sustainable and compostable packaging solutions.
The collaboration has been established to help Parason’s customers reduce their reliance on single-use plastics and Styrofoam packaging, ABB said in a statement on Thursday (23 March).
These molded fiber tableware products are widely used across multiple industries across restaurants and cafes, food catering, transport, travel and industry canteens.
ABB robots, integrated with Parason’s machinery, will help to facilitate the effective manufacturing of agro-waste products – creating 100 percent eco-friendly compostable packaging solutions.
ABB initially deployed 10 robots at Parason’s five forming machine cell and added another 20 robots at the end of last year, the statement said.
“The 3.5 million tons of plastic waste generated in India per annum creates various hazards, which is why India has initiated a nationwide ban on single-use plastic,” said Subrata Karmakar, country president for robotics and discrete automation business at ABB India.
“ABB’s innovative robotic solutions, combined with Parason’s revolutionary turn-key manufacturing process using agro-waste, will be a key contributor to addressing climate change by adopting a 100 per cent compostable alternative to plastics,” Karmakar added.
Compared to manual pick-and-place applications, ABB robots will help increase OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) performance by 30 per cent while eliminating ergonomic risks for the workforce, and improving overall health and safety.
The shift to ABB’s robotic solutions has also enabled the business to divert the workforce to more meaningful, interesting and rewarding tasks.
“Every year India generates about 500 million tonnes of farm waste which can now be used to create sustainable packaging solutions. ABB’s automated solutions have helped us create a viable, costeffective value chain and maintain a low carbon environment,” said Mr.Madhure Desarda, Director of Operations, Parason Group.
“This year, Parason intends to deploy 250 forming machine cells, which have the capacity to replace 150 tonnes of single-use plastic per day,” Desarda added.