The "AE-PLC-A" is a feeder workstation commanded by a PLC that provides pieces to the system. The "AE-PLC-A" keeps the pieces in a vertical storage, the workstation take the pieces one by one and place at the quality control zone. The system verifies the pieces and if the piece is correct a manipulator take the piece and place at the exit zone. If the piece is not correct, the system discard the piece.
The "AE-PLC-A" workstation is designed as a modular system to facilitate the understanding of the unit. The main components are:
- The PLC: is composed by the CPU limit and all extra modules needed to perform a corrent working of the workstation and all the extra modules needed to perform a correct working of the workstation.
- The control panel: with start/stop button, emergency push button, reset button, light indicators to show current state of the process, etc.
- The pneumatic circuit: contains the required solenoid valves, the vacuum components, the filters and regulators to assure the appropriate working of the unit.
- The workstation: is composed by real industrial components used by the industrial feeder systems such as reed sensors, presence sensors, rotary actuators, vacuum cups, etc.
The "AE-PLC-A" 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.