EBS Automation was commissioned to design and build a pick and place production cell which would pick a large sachet containing pharmaceutical powder and place it in to a flow wrapper pocketed conveyor and then pick and place a small sachet containing a second part of the pharmaceutical powder and place it on top of the large sachet whilst the pocketed conveyor was running.
In its self not difficult but at a production rate of 1 sachet every 0.64 seconds a challenge to add to the challenge the production cell had to cater for 14 different types of country package artwork and had to be integrated in to an existing line during a limited shut down period.
The project was achieved by integrating two ABB Flexpicker robots, a servo driven sachet cassette loading system and 3 independent camera vision systems into a clean room environment.
The large sachets are fed from a sachet filling machine along a flexlink conveyor to the first robot cell where the sachet is viewed by the vision system, the image is compared to ensure the art work on the sachet is correct and the orientation of the sachet is stored and communicated to robot. The robot will adjust its gripper position to ensure that it picks the sachet up correctly by using the stored image orientation. The picked sachet is then placed into the moving flow wrapper pocketed conveyor.
The small sachets are loaded in to 4 product quick change cassettes which index to the pick area, at the pick area each sachet art work is checked by the two additional vision systems and the sachet is then picked by the second robot and placed directly on top of the previously placed large sachet.
About EBS Automation
EBS Automations roots were forged in the Automotive sector in 1993. We are delighted not only of our success to date, but also that many of our original customers are still with us today. We trust this bares testament to our long term partnership approach based on our commitment to provide special purpose machines and automation systems of excellent quality, efficiency and reliability. A professional project management system is used that leads to projects being delivered on time and within budget.
This success has led to projects in many other sectors. We are pleased to have served clients in the Aerospace, Medical and Healthcare industries; whilst also seeking out opportunities in Industrial, Military & Defence, Electronics, Food & Beverage.
EBS design and manufacture Special Purpose Machines and Automation Systems tailored to meet the exact specification and requirements of our customers. We pride ourselves on being able to take a blank sheet of paper and turn it into a manufacturing solution.