Bottling, Filling and Conveying – Kollmorgen’s Motion Solutions for Food & Beverage Manufacturers

Here are bottling, filling and conveying solutions from Kollmorgen.

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Whatever you’re producing – juices, milk, beer, wine, soda or maybe an entirely new beverage category – the packaging can be as important as the product. Your packaging processes can make the difference in terms of controlling volume, eliminating waste, maximizing throughput and ensuring quality. Even more, better packaging can strengthen your brand reputation, improve your competitive position on the shelf and increase consumer satisfaction – driving higher sales and profitability.

Uncork Innovation and Performance.

To compete effectively today, beverage manufacturers are looking to wow customers with new products in innovative containers. At the same time, they’re looking to maximize profitability by increasing bottling line uptime and throughput. They can’t afford sluggish performance or wasted product during changeovers – let alone the “Monday Morning Shock” of a machine that won’t run after an extensive cleaning performed over the weekend. Kollmorgen removes the barriers to full performance and true innovation.

Mechanical Systems Are Stuck in the Past. Look to the Future.

With servo control of each axis, your machine can deliver far greater uptime and throughput, along with the configuration flexibility to enable innovative package designs, fine-tuned portion control, pushbutton changeovers and more. There’s no backlash and slop from transmission components, and no limitation on your ability to program motion optimally for each independent process – from beverage preparation to filling, capping, cleaning and labeling.

Clean It Faster. Make It Last Longer.

Kollmorgen’s food grade, washdown-ready motors and gearheads make it easy to clean the machine and keep it productive over an extended lifetime with minimal maintenance. With a smooth cylindrical design and sealing systems that allow us to double the industry’s standard warranty period, our stainless steel servo motors and AquaTRUE™ planetary gearheads last longer and reduce your cleaning time by as much as 85 percent.

Sensors for Forklift and Mobile Equipment

Sensors for forkliftsMobile machines such as forklifts, elevating work platforms, or container stackers, require precise positioning of heavy loads and effective control of rapid movements for transporting materials. Heavy-duty, resilient sensors guarantee precision and reliability both in warehouses and in outdoor applications.

Fork Inclination Monitoring – Inclination Sensor

  • Detects the horizontal angle of the fork while the truck is in motion
  • Prevents the truck tipping when transporting heavy loads

Nonmechanical Hand Detection – Capacitive Grip Sensor

  • If the hand is removed from the joystick, the engine is stopped and hydraulic pressure is lowered
  • Inadvertent joystick actuation is virtually impossible

Fork Height Monitoring – Laser Distance Sensor

  • Height monitoring for safe fork movement
  • Forklift speed can be adjusted according to fork height

Fork Extension Monitoring – Positioning System

  • Monitors the fork positions for controlled fork extension

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Inspecting Candy-Roll Orientation With Cognex Vision Systems

Cognex vision has been implemented in a system to maximize the speed and automation of processing PEZ candy blister packs. Randomly placed candy rolls are deposited onto a conveyor belt. As these rolls move past, an In-Sight® vision system determines whether or not they are facing the appropriate direction by viewing the orientation of the print on the roll. If in fact, the roll is incorrectly placed, it is then redirected to a turning station. Here, the roll is pivoted to face the correct direction and then sent back onto the conveyor belt to be inspected again. This production line upgrade that Cognex has been a part of has since enabled PEZ to increase blister-packing speeds to a rate of 16-18 per minute.

 

Bottle Rejecting, Diverting, and Multi-Lane Sorting

SMAC electric actuators can reject or divert a single container only, at line speeds over 1200 containers/minute. Movement of container is smooth, fast, and gentle with unique Soft-Land™ feature. Container will not tip over because of force and velocity control. First the actuator must slowly make contact and start the bottle moving then do the high speed push after 10mm or so of movement. Total out and back is 50ms, 1200/min.

Multi-Lane Rejection and Sorting Systems

SMAC is capable of sorting and rejecting containers into different lanes. For example: Lane #1 is used for bottles with missing caps, Lane #2 is used for unlabeled bottles. The sorting capabilities of SMAC can be individually programmed and tailored to your application.

Multi-Lane Rejection and Sorting Systems on a Conveyor line
Multi-Lane Rejection and Sorting Systems

 

Reliable Detection of Gapless Consecutive Boxes Moving on Accumulating Conveyors

Challenge

sensor_tgw_2_medTGW is one of the world’s leading system providers of highly dynamic, automated and integrated materials handling solutions for warehousing, production, order picking and distribution. Together with its American subsidiary, the TGW headquarters in Wels, Austria, has developed a control engineering solution which enables direct handling of carton boxes. The solution comprises a pneumatic accumulation roller conveyor with low dynamic pressure and a corresponding logic module – the CRUZ-Control unit – which enables the user to remove boxes from the conveyor either individually or in a chain. In order to detect the boxes, TGW was looking for a sensor solution which could be integrated into the conveyor segment without taking up much space, required no setting work and could be connected directly to the logic module. By working closely with SICK, they were able to find a suitable solution.

Application Solution

Together with SICK developers, TGW created a miniature photoelectric sensor (Z sensor) for detecting the cartons that fulfilled all of the company’s requirements. Due to its miniature design, the sensor can be optimally installed in defined slots in the roller conveyor segments. The lack of complicated setting options, the minimal need for additional functions and the direct connection to the logic modules, make commissioning much easier, and the sensor much more economically attractive. In operation, the integrated ASIC technology guarantees high detection performance, due to features such as the reliable background suppression and safeguarding against the influence of neighboring sensors. The specific requirements demanded a special design that enabled the optics to turn steplessly in different directions, in a similar way to the human eye.

Benefits

  • Close cooperation during project definition and development leads to optimum realization of the customer’s wishes
  • Miniature and special designs allow space-saving detection solutions to match specific applications
  • Focus on basic functions and direct connection to logic modules reduce procurement and commissioning costs.

The sensors from SICK play an important role in enhancing the performance of the TGW accumulation roller conveyors, as their miniature and special designs enable space-saving detection solutions to match specific applications. Their economical advantages are also impressive: by concentrating on the basic, essential sensor functions and the direct connection to the logic modules, SICK has reduced TGW’s procurement and commissioning costs. The close cooperation between TGW and SICK was also key to the successful solution of the task. Josef Reischl, Product Manager for Conveyor Systems at TGW Mechanics GmbH, confirmed this: “SICK offers an all-round package, from the quality of the products to the scope of services provided, e.g. for new products developed for a special customer or application.” The joint project definition and development meant that the full extent of the customer’s wishes could be fulfilled.

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