The "AE-PLC-ALT" is a Buffer Workstation commanded by a PLC that performs the functions of temporal storage of piece. The buffering function is used in many situations in the real industry for security or between different manufacturing stages.
The "AE-PLC-ALT" storage pieces temporarily, till the unit receive a signal that confirm that the next station required another piece.
The "AE-PLC-ALT" workstation is designed as a modular system to facilitate the understanding of the unit. The main components are:
- The PLC: is composed by an AE-PLCB (with HMI devices, analog and digital input/output, etc.) unit and all the extra modules needed to perform a correct working of the workstation.
- The control panel: with start/stop button, emergency pushbutton, reset button, light indicators to show current state of the process, etc.
- The pneumatic circuit: contains the required solenoid valves, the filters and regulators to assure the appropriate working of the unit.
- The workstation: is composed by real industrial components used by the industrial buffers systems such as reed sensors, a conveyor system with DC motor, IR beam detectors, etc.
The "AE-PLC-ALT" is an independent workstation that can work alone and/or in conjunction with other workstation to make up a complete Flexible Manufacturing system*.
*The Flexible manufacturing systems product list is available at "Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS)" area of the general catalogue.