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FEATURE MOTION CONTROL


MOTION CONTROL AND ELECTRONICS FOR SORTING LINES


completed by a pneumatic drive. One advantage of Multigecko Special


lies in the double suction cup, which enables the pick-up of two parts at the same time, depositing them onto an independent stacker that processes two stacks simultaneously. Double axes and double suction cups result in a high- speed process for special parts. The sorter manages two stacks at a time, and a 4-jaw gripper picks up the stacks to ensure delivery remains intact to the packaging line without losing any parts, regardless of size. Movement is on two axes to manage back and forth journeys. The pack can be created from pre- formed blanks or from neutral carton, customisable on the machine. In regards to the motors, Multigecko


The sorting and packaging of ceramic formats represent a crucial phase in the manufacturing process. System has developed Multigecko Special, an automated system designed from a mechatronic approach. The hardware is merged with the software to give life to an interconnected process, enabling flexibility and speed


T


he international market requires increasing flexibility, with systems


that are able to dialogue between each other for improved efficiency and productive optimisation. System adopts a multidisciplinary approach, in which hardware merges with the software. The latter is destined to play an crucial role given that developments in software will enable systems to meet the demands of the changing manufacturing world. The packaging and wrapping process is


applicable to a host of industrial sectors and is enhanced with additional functions besides that of containment, becoming an essential means for the purpose of communication. Multigecko Special finds its place in this scenario, boasting high performance automation solutions that enable higher product quality, flexibility and impressive speed. The System packaging process is also


14 MAY 2017 | DESIGN SOLUTIONS


designed for those needing to pack special parts, and small to medium sized components, such as strips, hexagons, ribbed tiles and skirting panels. The tiles are transported on the belt conveyor to the sorting bench, where the quality is graded by means of powerful vision, measurement and quality systems, specially developed by System (Qualitron, Liner 2000, Red Line). The data obtained is processed by Multigecko Special, which selects the optimal box composition accordingly. In this way, the material enters the machine along the infeed conveyor and is collected by the pick-up device to form uniform stacks. Once stacks are complete, the gripper picks them up and positions them in the packaging area. One of the main features consists of a


four-axis gripper that is driven by a brushless motor, while 90° rotation is


Special is equipped with stepper motors with drives developed by System. The technical staff in the department of electronic engineering at System had the task of designing the robotic movement of the machine. The hardware and software is designed to best respond to the application requirements, such as the drives, which can operate at high voltages and deliver high currents. Another distinguishing factor is the highly evolved diagnostics system. The added value in this unit is the


possibility of using operating voltages and currents according to the needs for machine movement. Furthermore, the power elements of the drives are equipped with temperature sensors to ensure constant monitoring of work conditions. The data is read by software, which emits specific warnings when certain thresholds are reached. This operation has a dual purpose. On the one hand it enables the user to check that the machine is appropriately sized, and on the other the user can intervene and run diagnostics as required. Management of current is digital, thus enabling the elimination of unpleasant noise levels that traditionally accompany conventional analogue controls. The drive by System can also receive


commands from a non real-time network, such as Ethernet. This is a smart system, the function of which not only depends on the PLC, but also a local movement profiler.


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