FleetwoodGoldcoWyard introduces Robotic Tray System

January 242010
January 24, 2010 — FleetwoodGoldcoWyard introduced its Robotic Tray System (RTS). The system utilizes Robotic technology to provide a buffering and accumulation system within the can end manufacturing processes.

Key benefits of the Robotic Tray System are: small footprint; modular system easily configurable to suit different layouts; capable of running trays from existing balancer systems; optional servo belt drives eliminate air usage by replacing pneumatic cylinders which reduces annual energy consumption; with the use of robotics there are less spare parts to keep on hand resulting in enhanced equipment availability.

The RTS consists of four (4) separate systems, all functioning together as one unit. In the infeed lanes, can ends feed into the RTS. The continuous flow of can ends in the infeed section is separated into sticks for handling. The robot end-of-arm tooling picks the sticks from the infeed lanes and places them directly into the available discharge lanes. The ends transfer down the discharge lane shuttle and merge with the ends in transit into a continuous flow. The discharge conveyors after the discharge lanes move the ends to the downstream equipment. If there is no demand for ends in any of the discharge lanes, or if the downstream process outside of the RTS has stopped, the ends are placed in the storage trays or a drawer buffer system. Similarly, if an upstream process outside the RTS is shut down, the RTS feeds ends from the storage trays to the discharge lanes.

The RTS is a transfer and storage system designed for high speed can end manufacturing lines for the Can Manufacturing industry.