SMARTPACKER™ – Automatic Box Changer

Box being filled at load station

Box being filled at load station

If your Customers need to have their components delivered in standard rigid containers for ease of handling it has meant, until now, either labour intensive, secondary decanting from large pallets or the drastically reduced production efficiency that results from stopping the process to change a filled container for an empty one. Either way, the costs are high.

SMARTPACKER™ IS THE SOLUTION

Stack pre-lifts prior to changeover

Stack pre-lifts prior to changeover

The standard SMARTPACKER de-stacks its vertical store of empty containers and presents each one in turn to be filled with the required number of components from the host machine. During changeover from filled to empty container, which typically takes 1 second, the host machine does not need to stop production. This enables the host machine to run continuously, only requiring operator intervention to replenish the storage stack before the last container is used. The length of time between reload visits is a function of box size, component weight, quantity per box and cycle speed of host machine but is typically 30-60 minutes, a significant period for unmanned production.

Filled box moves out–empty box moves in

Filled box moves out–empty box moves in

SMARTPACKER standard model will handle a wide size range of rigid boxes of all designs. Changeover can be triggered by a sensor driven on-board component counter, by cycle counter from the host machine or by command from the host machine. Component feeding to the load station is most successfully carried out by a powered conveyor, controlled by SMARTPACKER, but can also be via a chute with an integrated component hold-back mechanism. The system is sturdily built to work in an industrial environment and has facilities to integrate fully with many different types of host machine such as Power Presses, Injection Moulding machines, Auto Lathes, etc. Emergency Stop safety circuits are to Category 4 levels. The storage stack of containers can be as high as is safely reachable with a weight limit of 35 kg.

Additional features currently in development include a settable weight-in-box triggered change cycle, a box I.D. label printer and a filled box elevator.

SMARTPACKER is a Trade Mark of Press Control Systems Ltd.
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