contact-less feeder is ideal for automatically loading delicate or sticky products that must
not come into contact with each other. Randomly supplied product is
formed into an ordered and equally gapped queue, synchronized with
the packing machine and then positioned into the flowrapper
infeed conveyor. This is a difficult task which, to do successfully,
complex predictive software and high bandwidth controllers.
picture above shows a nougat being packed at 400 packs/min. When first
is incredibly sticky and it will literally stick to a vertical surface
or melt back into one if two pieces contact each other. By utilising
some existing machinery and installing all new internals and software
we supplied a
very cost effective solution. This
suited Cadbury's who supplied some mechanical
engineering input themselves and are familiar with our approach to
project management. Such close cooperation with our customers is normal
for us and gives added flexibility when managing such projects.
contact-less 'MultiFeed' system consists of at least five servo driven
high speed positioning conveyors, more if the input flow is
particularly random. They are controlled by a high speed motion
controller and highly optimised software algorithms. It is also common
for us to extend such systems to satisfy additional requirements such
as a change in the product orientation, grouping and collating,
inspection and reject systems, etc. Such an approach gives a common
user interface and simple automatic control of complex lines.