Extending/Retracting Nose Conveyor for collation/Grouping

IMG: Automatic extending/Retracting telescoping Conveyor

Customer Requirement:

  • Counter/stacker to collate pairs of thin, flat bread and arrange in stacks of 8 for bagging in retail pack.

  •  Operate at 65+ pairs per minute.

AHP solution:

Design and construct a 3 axis servo controlled take off grouping machine incorporating a telescopic or extending/retracting nose conveyor, with a stacking platform beneath to hold collation until ready for release onto packing line. By means of the digital axis used in the machine , an additional benefit has been to enable the cut lengths of the product to be measured and rejected if over or under sized.

To date 5 of these systems have been supplied to the one client in Victoria, Australia.

This product grouping machine is adaptable to a number of other tasks, such as collation of cartons in various formats, placing dough products onto baking trays, transferring product onto production lines at right angles, etc. 

A further development in the processing line, has been to add another AHP designed bag loading machine, to load these collated flat breads into pre-made bags.

Contact us to discuss possible applications, or for a solution to your automation requirement. 

Horizontal Carton Tray packer
Example of Tray
Buiscuit Loader in Production
IMG: Biscuit Tray loader with heads raised

Customer Requirement:

  • construct concept prototypes to pack initially 2 biscuit types on edge simultaneously into an open, light film plastic tray, and then to construct a part full scale system to pack up to 8 different biscuit types on edge into thin thermoformed tray at 25 cycles per minute.

The new system was a proof of principle development to automate the current manual process.

AHP Solution:

Modular packing heads with removable tooling for each biscuit type were mounted onto a packing platform with storage bin handling systems into and out of the system. Heads were mounted over an indexing conveyor which transported the trays to each packing location. System operated at 25 trays per minute, although current advancements will allow the design to operate now at 30+ per head per minute. Thus a three row system can be constructed to operate at 100 trays per minute.

This system can be adapted to fill pockets at 90 to each other as well as to do some pile packing into pockets, if required. This system was installed in Victoria, Australia.