Mitsubishi demonstrates machine applications at PPMA 2017
Mitsubishi demonstrates machine applications at PPMA 2017.
At the 2017 PPMA Show, Mitsubishi Electric is demonstrating how the integration of robotics and machine automation deliver tangible benefits to both machine builders and end-users.
PPMA is becoming a must visit show for engineers, buyers and managers from UK manufacturing. Increasingly popular topics for 2017 are standards, robotics, IIoT, productivity and machine automation.
Demonstrating high speed production
With the aid of a ProSeal GT0 automatic in-line tray sealing system, Mitsubishi Electric is demonstrating how the most advanced high-speed heat sealing technology and robots are becoming far easier to deploy. This delivers a competitive advantage to the machine builder, whilst providing the end-user increased productivity and flexibility of production.
The ProSeal GT0 tray sealing machine was designed to increase line speeds, cut labour costs and produce over 45 packs per minute. The machine meets requirements for rapid tool changes, simple operation and ease of integration with other production line equipment. The high accuracy tool alignment system ensures consistently accurate sealing and film cutting, while a servo-driven ‘setting-free’ automatic tray collation in-feed delivers increased performance. A pendant mounted colour touch screen HMI provides control for full double-sided operation, with menu-driven control offering step-by-step prompts, error and status displays and a useful batch counter function, as well as providing recipe-driven auto machine set-up for tool change.
Further, highlighting how the integration of robotics onto the production line can dramatically increase line efficiency and productivity, the live ProSeal demonstration on the Mitsubishi Electric stand includes a MELFA articulated arm robot picking and placing trays to and from the GT0 tray sealer.
IMPLEMENTING OMAC PackML STANDARD
Having simplified design, Mitsubishi Electric is also demonstrating simplified line integration, particularly in a multi-vendor environment, by implementing the OMAC PackML standard. The result for end users is faster upgrades and machine implementation in addition to the ability to collect OEE data in a uniform way from multiple machines and lines, highlighting key performance indicators such as performance, quality and availability data across the whole facility.
The adoption of a single Mitsubishi automation platform ensures ease of integration for the various components, while the iQ Works engineering environment removes a significant burden from the machine builder or integrator. iQ Works offers full integration of PLC, variable speed drive, motion and robot programming environments including function blocks, a common tag database and simulation and monitoring across all these control disciplines.
This enables the machine builder to reduce development time, drive up reusability, reduce debugging time and simplify training. For the users, it ensures higher machine OEE (with faster throughput, faster product changeovers and less scrap), along with reduced total cost of ownership.
Visit Mitsubishi on stand C60 to discuss your requirements with their engineers
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