Vertical (z-axis) actuator: 4-inch stroke; Speed: 1.25”/.25 sec moves at Pick-and-Place; Load: 20 lbs (Tooling and Product)
Horizontal (Y-axis) actuator: 25-inch stroke; Speed 25”/3 sec moves; Load: 35 lbs (Z-axis actuator, Tooling and Product)
Indexing conveyor transfer station
A transfer station, was using pneumatic power to transfer parts but manual labor to pick and place the products from one conveyor line to another during a 24/7 work week. Initial concerns from management were quality and accuracy during station transfer. There were also repeated instances where packaging was not consistent with cycle counts. To achieve cycle rate requirements, speed, accuracy and repeatability, a fully automated solution was required.
On the z-axis, an ERD15 electric cylinder was selected as a cost-effective way to pick and place parts to the conveyor lines along with providing the necessary repeatability. On the Y-axis, an MXP pneumatic actuator with a profiled rail replaced the old pneumatic actuator to transfer the parts. It was selected for its load carrying capacity and easy retrofitting into the existing station design.
- Achieved quick, accurate, repeatable process
- Eliminated manual labor
- Improved consistency of package contents
- Compatibility with desired motor and drive lines