Before any new candy goes into production, it runs down an R&D processing line. The cost of this processing and consistency in the product's initial phase impacts its market acceptance. To provide cost-effective production methods for the development phase of center-filled products, Bottom Line Process Technologies (BLT) developed a servo-driven depositor instead of using the more traditional pneumatic cylinders.
The Single Shot Servo Depositor uses alpha gear's Ternary actuator, a space-saving integrated design. The unit's servomotor, feedback, amplifier, closed-loop control and a ballscrew-driven cylinder are enclosed in a single package to provide design flexibility and control. The integrated servo actuator positions and stops with a holding force of up to 190 or 600N, depending on the model, so the depositor fills the candy with precision and at the desired rate set by the operator. The precise position control occurs without requiring mechanical stops and limit switches.
A single Ternary servo controls up to 16 points. Velocity, acceleration and force data stored in EEPROM can be loaded into or from the memory and easily edited. The depositor can use multiple servos with independent control of parameters for each, such as up/down speed, start/stop timing and stroke length.
In addition to food processing, the Ternary actuator can handle packaging industry applications that include positioning and format changes, pick-and-place robots, and product diverters and stackers. Additional applications beyond the food processing industry for the servo depositor include medical, health and beauty sectors.
REALLY FILLING: Independently controlled linear servos provide the motion for the depositor’s multiple pump heads to handle heat-sensitive, viscous products. The highly integrated servo includes servomotor, feedback, amplifier, closed-loop control and a ballscrew-driven cylinder in a single device.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.