The "AE-PLC-MAN" is a pneumatic handling workstation commanded by a PLC, which performs handling and sorting functions.
The workstation identify the color of the input pieces at the input pieces area, once the color is identified, the station take the piece from the input pieces area and place them at two different positions. The "AE-PLC-MAN" workstation uses a two axis pneumatic manipulator with a pneumatic gripper to handling the pieces.
The "AE-PLC-MAN" 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 PLC 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, filters and regulators to assure the appropriate working of the unit.
- The workstation: is composed by real industrial components used by the industrial handling and sorting systems such as reed sensors, IR beam detectors, pneumatic grippers, pneumatic linear actuators, etc.
The "AE-PLC-MAN" 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.