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Festo Uses Natural Waves to Convey Delicate Items

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: I don't get it.
Rob Spiegel   2/7/2014 11:14:14 AM
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You're right, CookieJar45. We do n't get to see ripe pears of eggs. However, if it's like wood floating down a stream, they probably won't crash into each other. They're just bump each other softly.

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Re: I don't get it.
cookiejar   2/7/2014 8:26:45 AM
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Assuming that the product does reduce damage to delicate produce, perhaps they are talking about water conveying floating produce using waves generated by the actuators located on the bottom of an elongated tank.   
Their website however does show perfect spheres rolling down the waves  created by actuators deforming the conveyor surface.

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Re: I don't get it.
Rob Spiegel   2/6/2014 12:57:41 PM
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These are good questions, Cookiejar. I think we would need to see a video of actual delicate items on this conveyor.

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I don't get it.
cookiejar   2/4/2014 12:30:34 PM
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Since the only motion in the conveyor is the up and down of the actuators, that would mean that the delicate produce would have to advance by rolling.  Produce is odd shaped so it would tumble down the conveyor bumping into other delicate produce and having a mind of its own as to its path, bouncing off the sides etc.   Is the intent for the delicate produce to slide?  But that would abrade its delicate skin and not keep it from tumbling.
Perhaps there's no provision for programing the actuators as that would be an impossible task.
Is there something I have missed?

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Re: Festo
Rob Spiegel   1/28/2014 11:55:15 AM
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Thanks Nadine. Innovative indeed. Makes me wonder whether this was an idea that came before the need was identified. It may seem odd, but we're seen some great technology in the past couple decades where the technology showed up before the need was apparent. Almost everything on the Internet came from this approach.

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Pubudu   1/28/2014 11:27:14 AM
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True Charles They are pretty innovative and I like the concept of New CPX-FB36 Node for EtherNet/IP Communications.

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NadineJ   1/27/2014 6:30:51 PM
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Great post.  This is another good example of cooperative development leading to something innovative.

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Re: transport / tumble ?
Rob Spiegel   1/27/2014 12:58:44 PM
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That's an interesting image, GlennA. I guess the next video we should see of this is one with actual fruit.

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Re: smart conveyer system
Rob Spiegel   1/27/2014 11:53:09 AM
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That's pretty good, Taimoortariq. Yes, Festo has delivered a very interesting way of bringing natural movement to the automation world.

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Re: FESTO AND WAVE HANDLING
Rob Spiegel   1/27/2014 10:28:51 AM
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Thanks Bobjengr. Yes, the wave technology for conveyors really came out of the blue. But lots of developments are coming out of the  blue in automation these days. 

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