5 Unique Conveyor Solutions to Merge Product

September 12, 2018

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Merging Conveyors are used to consolidate the flow of product from multiple infeed lines. Typically, these systems will merge the product into a single stream on one conveyor for the next phase in the production process.

There are many ways to merge product, such as: diverters and gates, product pushers, lane guiding, ARB Conveyors and more.

These systems are created to ensure facilities are running efficiently and eliminating bottlenecks while avoiding product pile up or overflow.

Choosing the right type of merge system depends on the application and characteristics of the product that it is created for. Each product is different and Dorner’s custom merge conveyors are engineered to your specific needs.

Here are some examples of solutions we’ve created in the past:

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Heavy Duty Product Pusher

This system is merging two infeed lines using a product pusher. Baskets carrying product weighing up to 500 lbs are transferred onto the center conveyor in front of the pusher from either line.

Once the photo eyes confirm the basket is in the correct position, the pusher is activated and transfers the product onto the takeaway conveyor (not pictured).

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Powered Side Guide Merge

While standard UHMW guides can often be used for simple 2-to-1 merges, some applications can benefit from a powered side guide. These can be useful in situations such as: heavy product that needs assistance over the side transfer, delicate product that you don’t want rubbing on the guide, and precision applications where you want better speed control through the merge.

The powered side guide can also be used to pull a gap between products.

Pneumatic Gate Merge

Pneumatic Gate Merge

For this application, empty bottles were traveling down two different infeed lines and needed to be merged onto a single line. Pneumatic gates at the point of the merge can open or close, allowing one line through while bottles are able to accumulate behind the closed gate.

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Pneumatic Product Squeezer

This application is very similar to the previous merge, but instead of gates, the system uses pneumatic squeezers.

When one of the infeed conveyor flows needs to be stopped, the squeezer activates and holds the rolls of paper in place. This allows rolls on that side to accumulate until released.

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4-to-1 Merge

Using our sanitary AquaPruf conveyors, we designed this 4-to-1 packaging merge with servo motors and photo eyes to maintain fast and consistent product throughput. Since this system was made for a food application, the stainless steel conveyors are completely washdown for sanitation and food safety.

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Tech Brief: 6 Rules for Successfully Applying Machine Vision

August 23, 2018

6 RulesNew vision applications at RR Floody commence with a documented application evaluation process. This process is based on decades of machine vision experience, and we truly feel it is not only the correct way to approach machine vision; but the only way.

Rule #1. Good data in, equals good data out . . .
Rule #2. Make certain you are programming from a “Golden Image”. . .
Rule #3. Accurately name your inspection tools and machine vision components. . .
Rule #4 Check your work . . .
Rule #5 When in doubt, consult an expert . . . (RR Floody
Rule #6 No Fear! . . .

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Dorner D-Tool Online complete conveyor configurator

August 23, 2018

DTools videoDesign and engineer a simple or complex conveyors to meet your specific needs in minutes.  You can construct a complete conveyor package or select individual components. This intuitive tool will walk you through every aspect of the conveyor from motor placement and belt type to accessory options.

Once you’ve completed your system, D-Tools will generate a comprehensive list of your components that you can receive via email. You can request a quote and select a variety of drawing options including 2D and 3D CAD assembly models.

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Cognex DataMan 8070 Series Handheld Code Quality Verifier

August 17, 2018

Cognex 8700 readerBarcode verification is the process of grading the quality of barcodes. Barcode verifiers capture images and generate reports to demonstrate compliance to parameters within industry standardization guidelines.

The DataMan® 8070 series verifier is packed with powerful lighting options, robust grading algorithms, a high-speed processing engine, and a high-resolution camera to capture and grade the most difficult DPM codes. As the only DPM verifier on the market with 30-, 45-, and 90-degree lighting options, the DataMan 8070 verifier can easily illuminate codes on textured, curved, and even highly reflective surfaces.

MiRHook™ Automated Pallet Fork Transport

May 24, 2018

 

MiRHook videoWithin logistics applications, the MirHook™ mobile industrial robot is often used to tow a pallet with a pallet fork. The mobile robot can locate the pallet fork and transport it to it’s destination autonomously. In this way the employees only have to load and unload the pallet from the pallet fork, saving valuable time by not needing to do the transportation themselves.

The MiRHook supports the transport of loads up to 500 kg (1100 lbs) , providing exciting new internal logistics options for weighty or unwieldy cargos. The MiRHook robot identifies carts by QR markers and autonomously transports them as you define.

IXA SCARA Robot from IAI – Fastest in the Industry

April 13, 2018

Fastest in the Industry! Introducing the New SCARA Robot IXA!

IXA SCARA Robot

The high-speed IXA SCARA Robot holds the fastest cycle times and yet achieves a lower price than previous SCARA models. The arch motion smoothly blends both horizontal and vertical motion to accomplish continuous high-speed cycle times.1. Fastest Cycle Times

The following measurements were taken during arch motion cycle operation under the following conditions.

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2. Achieves a Lower Price
The new SCARA robot is even more affordable than previous models. Plus, it offers even better performance and functionality.

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Higher rigidity and optimized control mean significantly less vibration while stopping.

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There is no need to replace batteries and less maintenance.

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Wireless Data Setting for Electric Cylinders

February 1, 2018

Set operating conditions with wireless connection

IAI TB3 teachingNow the ELECylinders position adjustments and operating conditions can be set by the TB-03 teaching pendant from outside the equipment, even without a cable connection.
The TB-03 can monitor the operating status of up to 16 axes while receiving wireless data from the ELECylinder. Error recovery time can also be shortened by troubleshooting with wireless connection.
The ELECylinder electric actuators replace air cylinders. With multi-positioning it can start and stop smoothly at high velocity, reducing cycle times.
TB-03 Teaching Pendant and ELECylinders

Industry 4.0, IIoT & Smart Factory Informative Seminar

January 9, 2018

Come hear the latest trends in automation and manufacturing with a hands-on look at mobile industrial and collaborative robots and check out the latest in vision and traceability.

DateThursday February 8, 2018
Time9:00am – Noon
LocationHoliday Inn, 1000 Busse Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

AGENDA:

  • Basics in Industry 4.0, IIoT and Smart Factory
  • Evolution of automation equipment
  • The factory of the future
  • How machine vision can improve your bottom line
  • Q & A

Register at: http://www.rrfloody.com/Events.html 

WIN Six DataMan 70 Fixed Mount Barcode Readers

November 6, 2017

6 Dataman 70sThe new DataMan 70 fixed-mount barcode reader is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet powerful enough to read the most challenging 1-D and 2-D label-based codes.

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Cognex Real Time Monitoring

October 17, 2017

Real Time MonitoringCognex Real Time Monitoring improves efficiency and throughput with performance feedback.

Real Time Monitoring (RTM) collects, processes, and displays information collected by DataMan barcode readers to help facility managers remove system defects and improve overall equipment efficiency (OEE) and throughput.

  • RTM organizes data in easy-to-use dashboards that make it simple to track performance and analyze metrics.
  • Overview of facility performance via read rates and throughput over time
  • 1-D and 2-D barcode quality metrics identify when code quality drops, signaling that labeling or printing equipment requires attention
  • Detailed trigger data including barcode symbology, module size, and decode time
  • Automatic collection and root cause analysis of no-reads
  • Tracks and compares reader configuration changes
  • Heat maps track the relative positions of barcodes to identify required changes in reader configurations

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