AE-PLC-A Feeding Workstation for Pieces



The Feeding Workstation for Pieces, "AE-PLC-A", has been designed by EDIBON to study the pieces feeders with quality control of the computer integrated manufacturing systems.



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.



  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 Feeding system.
  7. Automatic control of a Feeding system.
  8. Change the parameters of the Feeding process.
  9. Optimization of the process time.
  10. Study and analysis of the faults inserted in the process with the fault generation module.