AE-PLC-MACT Pneumatic Handling and Conveyor Belt



The "AE-PLC-MACT" is an automatic handling station with conveyor system commanded by a PLC.



The "AE-PLC-MACT" is an automatic handling station with conveyor system commanded by a PLC. The "AE-PLC-MACT" is composed by one pneumatic handling system that use vacuum technology to move the pieces from the input piece area to the conveyor system or viceversa.The conveyor system is a DC powered conveyor belt, with 4 position sensors to stop the conveyor at different positions and with incremental encoder to detect the position. The DC motor of the conveyor allows to change the speed of the conveyor for a complete control of the system.

The "AE-PLC-MACT" workstation has been designed as a modular system to facilitate the understanding of the equipment operation:

  • The PLC: is composed by an AE-PLCB that contains a HMI device, analog and digital input/output modules, etc. And the required extra modules to put into operation the workstation successfully.
  • The control panel: emergency stop push button switch, start/stop button, reset button, light indicator to show the state of the workstation, etc.
  • The pneumatic circuit: contains the required such as solenoid valves, air filters, air regulators, etc. To assure the appropriate operation of the workstation.
  • The workstation: is composed by real components used by the industrial automatic handling systems such as: capacitive sensors, limit switch sensors, position sensor, handling system with vacuum technology, etc.

The "AE-PLC-MACT" workstation that can work alone and/or in conjunction with other workstations to make up a complete Flexible Manufacturing system*.

*The Flexible manufacturing systems product list is available at the "60.-MECHATRONICS, AUTOMATION AND COMPUMECHATRONICS" area.



  1. Introduction to flexible manufacturing system (FMS).
  2. Introduction to pneumatics and electro-pneumatics.
  3. Introduction to vacuum technology.
  4. Study of the sensor detection.
  5. Configuration of a pneumatic application.
  6. Manual control of a handling system.
  7. Automatic control of a handling system.
  8. Change the parameters of the handling process.
  9. Optimize the process time.
  10. Study the faults inserted in the process with the fault generation module.