New AquaGard 7350V2 Sanitary Conveyor Platform Highlights Enhanced Safety and Performance

November 8, 2018

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Dorner’s newly redesigned AquaGard 7350 V2 Series is engineered for industry standards and excels at safety and performance.

The AquaGard 7350 V2 is built for numerous sanitary applications within baking, snack food, pharmaceutical, pet food, packaging and other industries that require occasional wipe-down cleanings of the conveyor. The new conveyor comes in straight belt, as well as modular belt straight and curve models. Belted LPZ, modular belt LPZ and positive drive models will be available in the coming months.

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The AquaGard 7350 V2 is the safest, most advanced modular curve chain conveyor in the industry today. The modular belt curve conveyor has no openings greater than the international standard of 4mm, even within the curves, which increases safety by eliminating pinch points for operators. Added safety measures are also achieved by covering the upper and lower chain edges, and fully containing the drive system, which reduces catenary belt sag and conveyor noise.

Space reduction is another improvement on the AquaGard 7350 V2. The modular belt conveyor system is designed to maximize available plant space by keeping the footprint as compact as possible. Infeed and outfeed sections are a compact 18”, further saving valuable floor space.

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The conveyor comes with an improved tail design for superior drive support. The addition of a tip-up tail on the modular belt (straight) gives greater access inside the conveyor for cleaning.

Features and benefits of the AquaGard 7350 V2 sanitary conveyor include:

  • Belt conveyors
    • Optional nosebar idler tails with V-Guide tracking for keeping the belt in position
    • 7-gauge stainless steel stands for greater stability
    • Stainless steel bed frames
    • Flat conveyor sides allow more flexibility when mounting accessories, interfacing with other equipment and transferring of product
  • Modular belt conveyors
    • Mold to width belt chain up to 18”
    • Flatter top surfaces – no edges
    • Strongest 25mm pitch curved chain strength at 2700N
    • Robust single piece chain pin for ease of removal to adjust chain length
    • Curved chain can be easily lifted in the straight sections for cleaning and maintenance

For more information on Dorner’s new AquaGard 7350 V2 sanitary conveyor platform, visit the Product Page

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New SCHUNK PGN-Plus Grippers

October 22, 2018

50% longer fingers, 50% higher gripping force

Schunk PGN GrippersThe PGN-plus gripper’s improved multi-tooth guidance enables the use of even longer gripper fingers for the same gripper size due to higher maximum moments, without overloading the guidance. Gripping with optimized interfering contours during handling tasks in confined spaces, is thereby made even easier. Permanent lubricant pockets ensure a continuous grease supply.

PGN-plus-E Gripper are the first simple electric gripper with multi-tooth guidance, digital actuation, and 24 V drive makes the changeover from pneumatic to electric components particularly easy.  These electric grippers utilize a brushless DC servomotor for almost wear-free use and a long service life. Control via digital I/O provides easy commissioning and rapid integration into existing systems. Four-step adjustable gripping force means simple adaption to sensitive workpieces.

Schunk MPC Small Component Gripper

October 1, 2018

Schunk MPC GripperThe pneumatically controlled SCHUNK MPC gripper offers an attractive price/performance ratio while at the same time ensuring excellent performance.

These basic grippers offer SCHUNK quality and are available in six sizes between 16 N and 270 N and maximum jaw strokes between 2.5 mm and 15 mm. Even the smallest size with a weight of only 50 g, allows handling of components weighing up to 80 g. At the top end of the size scale, part weights of up to 1.3 kg are possible.

Despite the entry level price, the repeat accuracy amounts to 0.02 mm. 

 

5 Unique Conveyor Solutions to Merge Product

September 13, 2018

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Merging Conveyors are used to consolidate the flow of product from multiple infeed lines. Typically, these systems will merge the product into a single stream on one conveyor for the next phase in the production process.

There are many ways to merge product, such as: diverters and gates, product pushers, lane guiding, ARB Conveyors and more.

These systems are created to ensure facilities are running efficiently and eliminating bottlenecks while avoiding product pile up or overflow.

Choosing the right type of merge system depends on the application and characteristics of the product that it is created for. Each product is different and Dorner’s custom merge conveyors are engineered to your specific needs.

Here are some examples of solutions we’ve created in the past:

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Heavy Duty Product Pusher

This system is merging two infeed lines using a product pusher. Baskets carrying product weighing up to 500 lbs are transferred onto the center conveyor in front of the pusher from either line.

Once the photo eyes confirm the basket is in the correct position, the pusher is activated and transfers the product onto the takeaway conveyor (not pictured).

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Powered Side Guide Merge

While standard UHMW guides can often be used for simple 2-to-1 merges, some applications can benefit from a powered side guide. These can be useful in situations such as: heavy product that needs assistance over the side transfer, delicate product that you don’t want rubbing on the guide, and precision applications where you want better speed control through the merge.

The powered side guide can also be used to pull a gap between products.

Pneumatic Gate Merge

Pneumatic Gate Merge

For this application, empty bottles were traveling down two different infeed lines and needed to be merged onto a single line. Pneumatic gates at the point of the merge can open or close, allowing one line through while bottles are able to accumulate behind the closed gate.

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Pneumatic Product Squeezer

This application is very similar to the previous merge, but instead of gates, the system uses pneumatic squeezers.

When one of the infeed conveyor flows needs to be stopped, the squeezer activates and holds the rolls of paper in place. This allows rolls on that side to accumulate until released.

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4 – to – 1 Merge

Using a sanitary AquaPruf conveyors, Dorner designed this 4-to-1 packaging merge with servo motors and photo eyes to maintain fast and consistent product throughput. Since this system was made for a food application, the stainless steel conveyors are completely washdown for sanitation and food safety.

Dorner D-Tool Online complete conveyor configurator

August 23, 2018

DTools videoDesign and engineer a simple or complex conveyors to meet your specific needs in minutes.  You can construct a complete conveyor package or select individual components. This intuitive tool will walk you through every aspect of the conveyor from motor placement and belt type to accessory options.

Once you’ve completed your system, D-Tools will generate a comprehensive list of your components that you can receive via email. You can request a quote and select a variety of drawing options including 2D and 3D CAD assembly models.

Go to D-Tools Conveyor Configurator

Mitsubishi RH-CH Low Cost SCARA Robots

July 13, 2018

 

RH-CH SCARA Robot

You can now have the infinite flexibility and speed of a SCARA robot without the high cost.

The RH-CH line of compact industrial SCARA robots are lightweight, full-function robots ready to meet the needs of today’s manufacturers at a price for even the most budget-conscious of customers. With a range of payloads, reaches, and protection ratings to choose from, these robots are well-suited for Pick & Place, Assembly, Material Handling, and Packaging applications. Equipped with the same powerful CR751-D controller found on other F-Series robots, and sporting a number of valuable options as standard equipment, the RH-CH line of robots provide users with excellent value and performance.

Benefits of MEAU’s new RH-CH low cost SCARA robots include:

  • Compact, space saving arm reduces floor space requirements
  • Lightweight robot arm (<18 kg) easy to handle and install
  • High-speed movement and positioning – Cycle time 0.44s/0.41s/0.43s (3CH40/6CH60/6CH70) Accommodates processing of more demanding applications
  • Standard equipment – I/O points: 32 inputs/32 outputs, capable of controlling up to eight axes, thru-arm wiring and piping, 2 channel encoder interface
  • High performance controller – Same high performance CR751 controller found on other F-Series model robots
  • Easy operation – Teaching can be easily executed via teach pendant or with the RT-ToolBox3 PC programming software
  • Lower cost – Reduces the barrier of entry for more budget minded users without sacrificing quality

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Cognex DataMan ®  8070 Series High Performance DPM Code Quality Verifier

May 24, 2018

Cognex 8700 reader1Barcode verification is the process of grading the quality of barcodes. Barcode verifiers capture images and generate reports to demonstrate compliance to parameters within industry standardization guidelines.

The DataMan® 8070 series verifier is packed with powerful lighting options, robust grading algorithms, a high-speed processing engine, and a high-resolution camera to capture and grade the most difficult DPM codes. As the only DPM verifier on the market with 30-, 45-, and 90-degree lighting options, the DataMan 8070 verifier can easily illuminate codes on textured, curved, and even highly reflective surfaces.

Schunk DDF 2 Media Feed Through Providing Unlimited Rotational Movement

April 13, 2018

Schunk pass throughThe DDF2 rotary indexing table provides unlimited rotational movement for robot applications. The DDF 2 is designed for media feed-through of electric signals and pneumatics for use on robots with infinite rotation.

The ISO mounting pattern provides for easy assembly to most types of robots without the need of additional adapter plates. A complete series of 12 sizes offers three combinations of pneumatic and electrical feed through. Newly developed, smooth running and long lasting seals ensure low torque requirements, allowing smaller, more economical drives.

https://schunk.com/us_en/gripping-systems/series/ddf-2/

IXA SCARA Robot from IAI – Fastest in the Industry

March 19, 2018

IXA SCARA Robot

Fastest in the Industry! Introducing the New SCARA Robot IXA!

The high-speed IXA SCARA Robot holds the fastest cycle times and yet achieves a lower price than previous SCARA models. The arch motion smoothly blends both horizontal and vertical motion to accomplish continuous high-speed cycle times.

1. Fastest Cycle Times

The following measurements were taken during arch motion cycle operation under the following conditions.

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2. Achieves a Lower Price
The new SCARA robot is even more affordable than previous models. Plus, it offers even better performance and functionality.

3. Low Vibration, Accurate Positioning
Higher rigidity and optimized control mean significantly less vibration while stopping.

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4. Equipped with a Battery-less Absolute Encoder as Standard
There is no need to replace batteries and less maintenance.

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5. Mechanical Structure/Features

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Download IAI’s IXA SCARA Robot Brochure

Clayton Controls Partners with SCHUNK

February 16, 2018

Clayton Controls is excited to announce our partnership with SCHUNK.

Clayton and SCHUNKSCHUNK is the world’s No. 1 for handling technology and gripping systems – from the smallest parallel grippers to the automated handling of workpieces.

SCHUNK offers the world’s largest range of automated handling and gripping systems and with more than 2,550 SCHUNK grippers, the broadest range of standard gripper components on the market.  learn more…