Development of an innovative line for the packaging of apples into boxes, from the definition of the layout to the development of the whole line control system.
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Requirements and design specifications
Line capable of checking dimension and quality of the fruit, in order to reject overripe produce.
Line capable of filling in a tray aesthetically attractive, with all stems in the same direction and the best side of the fruit on show.
Line capable of dealing with all the varieties of apples and trays present inside the firm.
Line allowing a considerable decrease in the number of people per packaging line.
Definition of Line Concept and Layout:
– Industrial research and Analysis of Key Enabling Technological Solutions
– Pre-competitive development
– Technology transfer
– Development of pre-prototype and Test
– Line Concept
Development of the entire line control system (Hot Plug functionality).
Development of the fruit manipulation system.
Development of the tray vision system.
Support for detailed design, assembly and setting-up of the line.
Integration of a series of functionalities after installation.
Development of a system that allows to coordinate more than 60 peripherals, their parameterisation, configuration and control.
Device management in Hot Plug mode. In case of failure or malfunction, production never stops: the line auto fits to the new configuration, if necessary it reduces its productivity, without stopping.
Development of tailored manipulators allowing to obtain a pick-and-place optimised solution in terms of performance, size, and cost.
Development of a tray vision system permitting to define in real time the position of each tray along the line, its filling status and the driving of the filling process manipulators.
Development of a simple management control software allowing to easily configure production, with a possibility of Internet access for monitoring and remote support in case of malfunction.
Constant production monitoring (type of production, number of packed trays, number of processed apples, status of the various devices).