System introduces Multigecko Special automated sorting system
February 16, 2017 - System has developed Multigecko Special, a fully automated system with high-end technologies designed starting from a mechatronic approach. The hardware is merged with the software to give life to an interconnected process, where technology guarantees flexibility and speed for small and medium formats.
Design and production of Multigecko Special was managed and completed by the End-of-Line Research and Development department, together with the Electronics Department, by virtue of a methodological approach based on mechatronics.
The international market requires increasing flexibility and systems able to dialogue between one another for improved efficiency and productive optimisation. System adopts a multidisciplinary approach in which the hardware merges with the software, and the role of the latter is designed to play a crucial role given that developments in software will enable systems to meet the demands of a constantly changing manufacturing world.
The packaging and wrapping processes are applicable to a host of industrial sectors, enhanced with additional functions besides that of containment, becoming essential means also for purposes of communication.
The System packaging process is a system designed also for those needing to pack special parts, and small to medium sized components, such as strips, hexagons, ribbed tiles and skirting panels.
The tiles are transported on the belt conveyor on infeed to the sorting bench, where the quality is graded by means of powerful vision, measurement and quality systems specially developed by System (Qualitron, Liner 2000, Red Line). The data obtained are processed by Multigecko Special, which selects the optimal box composition accordingly. In this way the material enters the machine along the infeed conveyor and is collected by the pick-up device to form uniform stacks. Once stacks are complete, the gripper picks them up and positions them in the packaging area. One of the special features consists in the 4-axis gripper that is driven by a brushless motor, while 90° rotation is completed by a pneumatic drive.
Multigecko Special has a double suction cup which enables the pick-up of two parts at a time, depositing them onto an independent stacker that processes two stacks simultaneously.
The sorter manages two stacks at a time, and a 4-jaw gripper picks up the stacks to ensure delivery intact to the packaging line, without losing any parts, regardless of size. The pack can be created from pre-formed blanks or from neutral carton customisable on the machine.
Multigecko Special is equipped with stepper motors with drives developed by System Electronics. In particular, the technical staff in the department of electronic engineering of System had the task of designing the robotic movement of the machine. The hardware and software have been designed to respond to the application requirements, such as in the drives, that can operate at high voltages and deliver high currents. Another distinguishing factor is the highly evolved diagnostics system.
Management of current is digital, thus enabling the reduction of noise levels that traditionally accompany conventional analogue controls. The drive by System Electronics can also receive commands from a non real-time network, such as Ethernet. This is a smart system, the function of which does not only depend on the PLC but also a local movement profiler.
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