Looking at the demanding lowdown from one of their steadiest customers had certainly made the project manager of ACG Engineering - one of the country’s leading machine makers of advanced packaging machinery for food and pharmaceutical sectors-little anxious.He was concerned for not only on the way ahead to meet the challenging requirements but also for the stringent timelines stated by the customer to meet the factory acceptance test deadlines slated to be held at an overseas location.
To start with, the customer wanted to achieve high speeds to transfer flow wrapped pouches from the main conveyor to the carton conveyor while both the conveyors are in continuous motion. A Pneumatic Gantry as a solution looked like a tried and tested option,however, having been thoroughly conversant with the same, he knew very well that these advanced results which the customer intends to achieve cannot be efficiently met via utilizing conventional solutions and it’s time to change the tack.
Moreover, the customer was extremely keen for a highly user friendly and low maintenance solution which had added another dimension that needed due attention while curating the whole solution.
Jotting the milestones to be met, the project manager summed up the requirement to his team as follows :The application needs a high turnover, high speed, safer interface with lowest manual intervention which is not possible to achieve via regular systems.
“Would Robotics be the right step ahead?”
“We have not dabbled much in robotics so it’s an unknown territory ..”
“The odds of the customer finding the advanced robotics application costlier are high and will the solution comply with the factory acceptance tests in such a short duration?”
– the team kept deliberating on these perplexing thoughts ..