Project Detail

Simplimatic programmed and integrated a FANUC© M-710iC/50H with custom end-of-arm tooling capable of lifting and stacking 20 cases per minute for a personal healthcare company. The system features more than 20 different error-recovery scenarios which allow the operator to easily restart the system and prevent line downtime after faults such as e-stop, dropped case, light curtain fault, incorrect case count, lost vacuum, and more. Each system Simplimatic designs and integrates is completely customized with controls and programming such as error-recovery scenarios to reliably serve individual customer needs.

Simplimatic’s Commitment to Quality Construction:

For over 50 years the Simplimatic brand has been synonymous with quality and longevity throughout the manufacturing and packaging sectors. Simplimatic provides conveyor systems, robotics, and custom factory automation for a variety of manufacturing, assembly, and packaging operations worldwide. Simplimatic is committed to developing smart and simple solutions to help solve complex challenges. Simplimatic is also dedicated to the on-time delivery of quality products at a competitive price and is backed by the best customer support in the industry.

Simplimatic Automation - Robotic Palletizer - CB Fleet
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  • After integration within the customer’s facility, the palletizing cell:
    • Dramatically increased throughput
    • Decreased worker error and fatigue
    • Afforded efficient space utilization
    • Eliminated downtime with more than 20 error-recovery scenarios
    • Utilized user-friendly controls
    • Became a completely customized, automated manufacturing solution

Client : C.B. Fleet Company Inc.

Location : Lynchburg, Virginia

Industry : Pharmaceutical / Personal Care

Completed: September 1, 2016

Description

Simplimatic integrated a FANUC© M-710iC/50H to precisely stack pairs of 11 lb cardboard boxes. The robot features five axes to enable it to maneuver easily and quickly within the system’s protective caging.  Product enters the robotic cell conveyed on tabletop conveyor fitted with Simplimatic’s custom box guides. These guides ensure proper case positioning by holding the boxes in place with case clamps to maximize system efficiency. The robot then easily locates and picks the products using a dual-zone vacuum gripper fixed with photoelectric part-present sensors and vacuum sensors.

The robot was programmed using the FANUC© ROBOGUIDE – Pallet Tool Turbo, allowing Simplimatic’s engineers to program precise case patterns, along with an impressive amount of error recovery offline. The robot can quickly return to normal programming after more than 20 different error scenarios such as e-stop, dropped case, light curtain fault, wrong case count, lost vacuum, etc. Simplimatic also programmed the system to easily adapt to any additional stacking patterns or changes the customer may desire after in-house installation.

The Challenges

Each Simplimatic customer has unique automation needs and every system built must match customer specified speed, throughput, payload, and budget. C.B. Fleet required a system featuring a minimal system footprint and smaller safety caging because of limited facility space. The company also required one side of the system to feature a light curtain to allow for easy forklift access. The Simplimatic team had to be sure to choose a robot to fulfill the project requirements while still comfortably fitting within the compact factory space.

When engineering and assembling C.B. Fleet’s system, Simplimatic considered a large variety of requirements, such as the available space, analyzing their unique situation and working to streamline the palletizing process. Simplimatic then expertly designed and integrated a robotic cell to satisfy those requirements easily and reliably, even training multiple shifts of C.B. Fleet employees to be comfortable working with the robot.

Project Goals

C.B. Fleet originally approached Simplimatic with the desire to improve their production throughput, decrease worker error, and minimize line downtime through the use of automated palletizing. They also sought to maintain space efficiency for the safe entry and exit of fork trucks due to space constraints between the end of the factory line and an existing factory wall.

During final integration, Simplimatic’s team trained the customer’s employees to ensure they were comfortable operating the equipment and troubleshooting any operation issues that may arise.