Phone Card Packing
Geku Automation have supplied a complex installation, which identifies various phone card designs, (all supplied from a common production line), before packing each unique design into an individual cardboard container.
The system, including 4 robots and periphial equipment, was delivered into a major printing company located in the Yorkshire Dales. The company specialise in phone card production and manufacture phone cards from both card and plastic. Since installation, considerable labour savings and quality improvements have been achieved.
The phone cards are sent through a guillotine and are then pushed through a ram to achieve the correct profile. The cards are then sperated into pre-counted blocks and presented to a pick and place robot which transfers them onto a servo conveyor. This precisley indexes them into the next sation which includes a vision system for card identification and two high speed 3-axis servo robots which pack the cards into the appropiate cardboard cartons.
Once a carton is full, it is indexed towards the last robot in the cell which picks the carton and presents it to a metronix printer which ink jets the relevant production data onto the side of the carton. The robot then places it onto a conveyor for transfer into a shrink wrap machine. The whole system, including all four robots and the PLC logic, is managed from one Siemens controller which through a single HMI panel allows programming and presents high level diagnostics to the operator.
- Labour Intensive
- Increased productivity