Fuji-Ace Carton Palletiser Reduces Staff Injuries In Melbourne

A Carton Palletiser was recently commissioned for a contract packaging company in Victoria to increase plant efficiency. Supplied by Accuweigh’s Springvale branch in Springvale, the Carton Palletiser also addressed potential OH&S issues by eliminating the need for staff to be repetitively bending and twisting while stacking cartons onto pallets.

The estimated payback term of the Fuji-Ace EC-171 Carton Palletising Machine was to be approximately eighteen months due to a combination of reduced staff expected along with increased product throughput. Fuji-Ace Carton Palletiser’s are Japan’s highest selling brand of palletiser which is why Accuweigh distributes this particular product.

The EC-171 Carton Palletiser features a large working envelope while maintaining a small rotation radius to allow it to perform a wider range of palletising duties than many opposition models. A custom hand gripper assembly allows the Fuji-Ace Carton Palletiser to be programmed to lift either one or two cartons at a time.

Configured for dual palletising cell operation allows cartons to be transferred to pallets positioned in two separate locations to further streamline working efficiency. When one pallet is fully loaded, the Carton Palletiser automatically stacks the alternate pallet to allow the completed pallet to be removed and replaced by an empty pallet.

Accuweigh is Australia’s largest weigh packaging company and has eight branches across mainland states providing Superior Product Support on all weighing equipment, Carton Palletisers and packaging equipment.

Weight Capacity: 200kg
Speed: Up to 1600 cycles per hour. ( Dependant on application)
Vertical operating dist: 2,300mm
Reach: distance 1,500mm
Body rotation: 330 degrees

Indexing Conveyor
An indexing conveyor is a belt over roller type designed to work in unison with the existing bag feed conveyor. As the bags are presented from the existing bag conveyor it would only drive until the bag is completely on the new conveyor and then stop. This allows the bags to be positioned nose to tail and thus provide a constant flow to the feed conveyor. The motor utilised is an SEW driven via a variable speed drive. The motor and drive have been selected specifically for the indexing movement.

Feed Conveyor
Feed conveyor is a belt over mild steel slide type and is driven by an SEW motor directly mounted on the drive shaft.

Mounted directly after the indexing conveyor, it will take a bag and speed up the bag to drive directly onto the pick conveyor.

Pick up conveyor
The Pick-Up conveyor is specifically designed to operate in conjunction with the robot gripper assembly. It is a driven roller conveyor, with the rollers spaced as necessary to allow the gripper fingers to fit between them. This allows the robot gripper fingers to close around and under the bundle.

The rollers are lagged and are driven by a belt system which is turn is driven by a gear motor. The belt drive uses an over-under path to provide the necessary space between rollers.

Transfer Conveyor
Transfer conveyor is a chain in guide type and is driven by an SEW motor directly mounted on the drive shaft.

Mounted in the robot area it will move the filled sling sideways to allow the operator access to attach the sling. The transfer conveyors will also give the fork lift greater room to operate.

Light Curtains
The light curtain system is designed to detect personnel entering a protected area and provide an emergency shutdown of equipment within the protected area, while also allowing filled pallets to automatically exit the protected area in normal operation.

A light curtain provides a light guard across the forklift access. Under normal circumstances, the breaking of any of the light curtain’s beams caused by someone entering through the guarded area will trip the safety control and generate an emergency stop.

Once tripped, the light curtain needs to be manually reset by a control located on the outside of the protected area. The personnel responsible for resetting the light curtain must ensure that all personnel have left the protected area before a reset is established.

Once the light curtain trip has been reset, the system control power can be re-established and system restarted by the operator.

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