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Propack Processing: Row distribution system

Propack’s row distribution system is a product delivery system that uses AC motors and servo technology to receive rows of products—bars, cookies, snacks— from upstream processing equipment.

Row distribution system
Row distribution system

It synchronizes product delivery on-time, on-demand to low, medium, or high-speed wrapping machines. System can handle 25 rows/min x 30 products/row and has 700 ppm per outfeed leg.

The row distribution is accomplished by intelligently monitoring product row position (bars, cookies, snacks, etc.) on a number of motion-controlled delivery sections feeding anywhere from a single or up to six wrapping machines. The Propack RDS can be configured to user-defined requirements accommodating either direct delivery, accumulation or automated refeed back into the system without operator intervention using integrated communication throughout the line.

Benefits include:

• Flexible with capability of handling product ranges from 2 in. up to 8 in. in length, products as thin as 0.25 in.

• Precise product speed and position control using state of the art Rockwell components

• Accumulation area for WIP storage to minimize operator intervention or handling of products

• Ability to refeed full rows or, (unique to Propack) the capability to refeed products between rows using servo controlled linear actuator

• Configurable to balanced distribution across multiple legs, or primary lanes with redundancy

• Safe handling of products onto downstream equipment such as Chicane laners or Wrappers

• Product specific recipes accessible via either single Panel View Plus HMI or multiple auxiliary stations located on each discharge leg

Features include:

• Sanitary design for easy clean-up and accessible for maintenance

• Multi-axis Integrated on-board Servo Drive control

• Maximum product rates of 750 PPM (single) per outfeed leg

• Sanitary stainless-steel frame standard construction

• Laser etched component labelling for easy installation after sanitation

• Rockwell AC motors and servo technology

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