Sorting Machine (Continued)

Approach and Results

 

The system consists of pushbuttons, photoelectric sensors, pneumatic linear actuators, motor controls and an encoder tied into an Allen-Bradley PLC.  The PLC has the ability to read the itemís UPC code, assign the item to a bin and track the itemís position on the belt conveyor to its destination.  The item is then sorted to the bin using the pneumatic actuator with a photoelectric sensor used to monitor the binís count

The system allows up to five different UPC codes to be sorted to each bin due to the large variety of titles to be sorted.  With the belt conveyor running at 200 ft/min the sorting machine will sort 120 items per minute.

Entry Point with Barcode Retrieval

 

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