Rockwell Automation, together with members of its PartnerNetwork, are showcasing iTRAK and MagneMotion systems at interpack 2017 (Düsseldorf, May 4-10). Both technologies offer independent movers and multiple-motion-profile flexibility to deliver intelligent conveyor systems that can be modified within seconds, helping to improve productivity in manufacturing operations.
Traditional motion-control systems use chains, belts and gears, a mechanical design approach that can require time-consuming retooling for changeovers. Intelligent motion systems, on the other hand, replace hardware with simple software profiles, so changeovers can occur at the press of a button. The systems use programmable independent carts on a straight or curved track to boost speeds by up to 30 per cent over mechanical systems.
“Intelligent motion systems can speed up changeovers and result in fewer moving parts that can break down, and high-speed independent movers can boost throughput,” said Ulrich Arlt, European Product Manager at Rockwell Automation. “These systems can be scaled to support a wide range of applications, from moving and positioning products in-machine to transporting products between machines.”
The MagneMover LITE intelligent conveyor system is designed to move light loads quickly and efficiently. The system can outperforms conventional belt-and-chain conveyors for in-machine and between-machine applications. Meanwhile, the iTRAK intelligent track system enables independent control of multiple, magnetically propelled movers on straight or curved paths. For end users, this can result in easier machine customisation, reduced mechanical complexity and increased performance.
These intelligent motion systems can be used in assembly, process, test and manufacturing applications in the medical device, assembly, automotive, pharmaceutical, packaging and optical industries. In addition to their performance and uptime benefits, the systems also can help end users reduce their energy usage and machine footprint size.
At interpack 2017, the iTRAK solutions is also on show at various stands: Bradman Lake, CAMA, GeboCermex, OPTIMA packaging group GmbH and Tonejet.