Production line

Production line

Due to confidentiality we can not show images of this line in operation but can provide 3D design images that we produced. The cover image is a representation of the full production line and the image below is an overhead plan of the line.

Automation, Tipperary

When designing this new production line for our customer it was vital to keep in mind the important requirements that were discussed with them in our design and planning meetings. These included items such as production speed, reliability, servicing & availability of spare parts and most importantly safety of the line.
This full production line incorporates many different elements of the process taking the production of the product from initial filling right through to taping the box ready to be placed on a pallet for delivery to the customer.

All these machines are integrated together to ensure the smooth running of the line.
Each machine has its own control panel and safety system with Emergency stops connected throughout the complete line.
The Main HMI screen has each major machine linked back to it. Both the production and errors will be displayed on this.
Electronic cylinders and servo motors were used. These are adjustable on the HMI screens allowing for quicker and more accurate adjustment of each machine. This will also hugely reduce the running cost as less air will be used.
If desired by the client a cloud system can be used to monitor all machines and production remotely via a laptop. This will allow for adjustments of any sensors, vision systems, electronic cylinders or stepper motors and will also enable an engineer to fix any mechanical problems remotely.

This particular line includes the following:
-Filling Station
-Labeler machine
-Carton erector
-Tray erector
-Glue Station
-Robotic Cell (Nachi Robot)
-Shrink Wrapper
-Heat Tunnel
-Cobot Station
-Extendable roller conveyor

The nachi robot is based in the guarded robot packing trays.
The cobot works at the end of the line folding and filling boxes. As this is designed to work safely with people at a slow speed no guarding is required.
Mitsubishi PLCs and HMI were used to keep it similar to existing machines on the premises.
Emergency stops were fitted around the machine. All elements of this production line are fully CE Marked

We also organised Service plans through warranty of the machine with a predictive maintenance plan kicking in thereafter.