Flexible Pencil Feeder
Product Announcement from Clear Automation, LLC
Clear Automation designed and built this system to transfer cosmetic pencils from bulk feed to a cartoner. Pencils are loaded into two bulk hoppers. Step feeders transfer them to 2-lane belt conveyor. A servo mechanism transfers them to a linear indexer. A vision system inspects each pencil to verify that the cap is present and that it is in the desired end-to-end orientation. Backward pencils are re-oriented. Good pencils (caps present) are picked from the end of the indexer, two at a time, and are transferred to a cartoner with a pitch change along the way. The system features a touchscreen HMI with a database of product information. Changeover between products takes just a few minutes.