Automated Box Packing System - Medical Hard Goods Manufacturing Co.


Automated Box Packing System

Medical Hard Goods Manufacturing Company

Challenges

  • Customer’s existing box makers were out of date and proving unreliable.
  • The new available box makers did not erect the boxes at the same elevation or in the same orientation.
  • Existing conveyors could not be modified.
  • Provide complete mechanical, electrical and PLC controlled solution with touch screen interface for fault recovery.

Goal

  • Build automated box erectors and integrate them into the existing system, in keeping with originally planned downtime over a holiday shut down.
  • Develop the boxes that produce a reliable, increased rate so operators downstream have a continuous supply of boxes without waiting.
  • Create a very simple, intuitive fault recovery process so new operators can be easily trained and easily recover from mistakes when they occur.

Solutions

  • Manufactured and fabricated two automated box erectors in two different sized boxes.
  • Created an integrated packing process that orients the box on its side and presents the box in the required format for that run.
  • Provided a cost-effective pneumatic gantry to pick and place boxes using a vacuum generator and suction cups.
  • Elevated the packing boxes and moved them horizontally to position over conveyor and place on take away conveyor.

Successes

  • Installed equipment and provided control system integration into customer’s existing system.
  • The custom manufactured solution now presents the boxes in a better ergonomically correct horizontal position.
  • Suction cups provided a non-marking way to relocate boxes to an improved elevation level.
  • The two different box erectors and lifting equipment were brought on line, on time and on budget to meet the customer’s critical schedule.

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