Product Announcement from Farason Corporation
Cartons enter the cell riding on a FlexLink conveyor where they are gated in groups corresponding to their position and quantity relative to the collating conveyor. Three different size cartons were initially accommodated with minimal change-over time by means of manual tool-less end of arm tooling (EOAT) and automatic robotic change tooling.
A Farason servo-driven three axes pick and place removes the group of gated cartons via a pitch change EOAT, rotates the cartons 90°, to an upright orientation and places them down in groups of twos or threes (size dependent) on the collating conveyor. The cartons move forward on the conveyor and maintain group segregation within a product specific lane guide change-over part.
Farason integrated a customer supplied Lantech case erector, a Farason purchased Marq case closer/top taper, and provided related case handling and conveyors. An ABB Model IRB140 6-axis invert mounted robot equipped with a gripper/vacuum style EOAT removes a collated single layer quantity of product from the collation conveyor and manipulates the group into a tight fitting case. Robot EOATs are mounted within the cell such that the robot, which is equipped with a quick change attachment on its quill, can automatically change EOATs on demand as called out during product selection on the HMI.
Sequence logic is governed by an Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLC along with a PanelView Plus 1000 HMI. The cell is constructed of heavy gage tubular stainless steel and equipped with OSHA and RIA compliant guarding for safe and easy access.