System Integration & Control Systems Design


Part localiser from SICK Automation

June 2019 System Integration & Control Systems Design

Testing and assembly specialist, Kubik Automation from Baienfurt, Germany, is putting SICK Automation’s PLOC2D robot guidance system to use in its new sCube assembly cell. The team of experienced industry experts specialises in the development of innovative products and the optimisation of production processes for automation technologies. Tailor-made special machines are developed for the automotive, electro-mechanics, medical technology, and consumer goods sectors.

From the perspective of manufacturers, the requirements placed on the flexibility of automation solutions are increasing. With the sCube, several different parts can be handled by a single machine without having to change the entire production process.

Anyfeeders are ideal for applications involving different parts where products are changed frequently. They convey and flip small parts without refeeding and without the use of conveyor belts. An anyfeeder is generally made up of three components which work together: an intelligent vibration unit combined with a magazine, which separates small parts and realigns them; a vision system, which localises the parts; and a robot, which picks up the parts and moves them on.

Teamwork of components is successful

The work sequence follows the interaction of the three components described. The PLOC2D robot guidance system from SICK quickly and reliably detects the position of all parts and transmits position data and orientations to the robot control system. Using this information, the robot is able to pick the correctly aligned parts and feed them to the next process. Any parts that are not properly aligned are ignored. Once the properly aligned parts have been removed, the remaining components in the pick zone are mixed up again by a pulsed vertical oscillation from the vibration unit.

The PLOC2D is a vision system for two-dimensional part localisation. It consists of high-quality image processing hardware and is equipped with an extremely high-performance localisation algorithm for reliable and fast part localisation. The system particularly impresses thanks to its short setup times. It does not require any programming knowledge and can be put into operation straight away following a simple configuration and parameterisation process via a web browser. Thanks to the EasyTeach method, it can also be tailored to different parts and can be integrated into numerous robot brands and PLCs. In essence, the robot guidance system from SICK brings order to the chaos of part localisation.

For more information contact Prishan Chain, SICK Automation Southern Africa, +27 10 060 0550, prishan.chain@sickautomation.co.za, www.sickautomation.co.za



Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

SCiBOTRON’s quality culture the key to success
May 2020 , System Integration & Control Systems Design
The company was founded on lean principles and quickly grew into a QSE (Qualifying Small Enterprise). Ricardo Paddy, managing director and founding member, attributes one of the reasons for the company’s ...

Read more...
Portion cutter for fish and poultry
November 2020, Beckhoff Automation , System Integration & Control Systems Design
Extremely fast and highly precise meat portion cutter leverages PC control.

Read more...
Gateway for industrial automation
November 2020, SICK Automation Southern Africa , Fieldbus & Industrial Networking
Sensor specialist company SICK recently announced its new SIG200 Profinet Sensor Integration Gateway. The product is the first of a new line of gateways created to work as both IO-Link masters and small ...

Read more...
Omniflex enables mine water quality
October 2020, Omniflex Remote Monitoring Specialists , System Integration & Control Systems Design
Water licences carry a ‘Burden of Proof’ that the licence holder will not harm the environment or the water system through its activities. This covers the use of water from the system and the responsible ...

Read more...
Safe and efficient water and wastewater treatment
October 2020, Endress+Hauser South Africa , System Integration & Control Systems Design
Depending on the application and the industry, water needs to have different properties to ensure the quality of finished products and the overall safety of production.

Read more...
Safe operation of CNG stations
October 2020, SICK Automation Southern Africa , Flow Measurement & Control
The Flowsic500 compact ultrasonic gas meter enables extremely accurate natural gas distribution measurement.

Read more...
PC-based control monitors road tunnel with flexible scalability
October 2020, Beckhoff Automation , System Integration & Control Systems Design
With more than 200 industrial PCs in operation, the Kaisermühlen Tunnel in Vienna shows that scalable PC-based control technology from Beckhoff is an optimum automation platform in this environment.

Read more...
Sensor for efficient pneumatic performance
October 2020, SICK Automation Southern Africa , Sensors & Transducers
SICK Automation’s FTMg flow sensor detects pneumatic system leakages well before pressure loss causes machine failure. It is engineered to output up to eight process parameters.

Read more...
PC-based control reduces complexity in folio applications
October 2020, Beckhoff Automation , System Integration & Control Systems Design
BW Papersystems relied on PC-based control for the development of the eCon folio-size sheeter, which greatly reduced complexity and costs compared to the legacy system it replaced.

Read more...
Improved production capacity and efficiency
September 2020, Omron Electronics , System Integration & Control Systems Design
BOLÇİ Bolu Chocolate (Bolci) was formed in 1992. It now has over 300 employees and produces over 800 different products. The company produces over 200 tons of chocolate items each month in a factory that ...

Read more...