Solutions

Unique projects require unique solutions! Our clients call upon us to deliver effective solutions to their automation needs. Shown below are some solutions we’ve created – often as part of providing an overall integrated approach to improving plant efficiency.

Robot Palletizing - Case Conveying System

JAE Automation has recently designed a complete Robotic Palletizing and case conveying system for one of our local clients. The system receives cased material from four packaging lines, then palletizes the cases onto four individual pallets and then stretch wraps each pallet. The system has been designed using the latest Fanuc Palletizing robot M-410iC/185 to take advantage of the latest features such as increased palletizing speed. We also used Ethernet/IP technology along with AS-i to make the system very flexible when designing the operation and safety, along with reducing our installation time and cost, thereby providing a very competitive and cost effective solution for our client.

If you have any questions about packing, conveying or palletizing please contact us to review how our team can work with you to develop a system that meets and exceeds your expectations.

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Data Management

JAE Automation is a total systems integrator, capable of pulling all areas of your plant together to form a cohesive and comprehensive automated plant system. We do this by building a data model for your operation, creating a database to support it and then by creating an Enterprise System on top of the database.

We manage all areas of data collection for you, automating your plant accordingly, and then tying it together electronically with controls systems, robotics, visioning systems – whatever makes the most sense and provides value and efficiency beneficial to your operation.

Most recently JAE has applied its considerable experience to automating a large commercial cheese maker and to automating and improving the operations of a hardwood and laminate flooring manufacturer.

In both cases, JAE representatives met with key plant personnel to define the project first, and then moved on to assessing the readiness of the controls network and the local area computer network for supporting the initiative.

The projects are ongoing and represent a substantial mutual commitment of time and effort. It’s all well worth it. The result is a plant-wide system which provides key production information in real time, to the people who need it, automatically and with accuracy, 24 X 7.

JAE would be pleased to discuss how we can leverage our experience for you.

Conveyor Systems | Components

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As part of the development of any automation solution, all of our systems are modeled in a comprehensive 3D design software called SolidWorks. This gives the project and plant manager the ability to complete a virtual walk through of the project. During this review, often forgotten component placements can be viewed prior to construction. As an example: location of HMIs, control stations, walk ways, head room clearance, lift truck aisles, conduit and tubing runs – to list a few.

Maintenance managers see this as a valuable tool for reviewing access to equipment prior to installation for maintenance purposes. As an example, checking to insure there is room to remove or maintain a component, or insure other components are not in the way.

Safety Guarding

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All JAE Automation guarding is reviewed with a safety engineer with respect to Ministry of Labour Regulation 851 for Industrial Establishments and CSA Standards applicable to the equipment involved in the project.

Items to consider when designing a fence guard system around a cell

  • Access to equipment inside the cell
  • How much room is needed for work in process; i.e. pallets or slip sheets
  • How much room is needed for specific maintenance activities
  • The ability to get into the cell with a lift truck for changing out motors or heavy pieces of equipment
  • Future expansion possibilities
  • A review of the current plant LOTO system and how it applies to a new robot cell needs to be considered
  • Locks may not be required in the robot cell because of the safety system used, however, if other equipment in the plant requires locks and different procedures it may be confusing
  • Panels in the fence and supporting columns should be placed to allow removal of panels if a large piece of equipment needs to be removed
  • During installation; wire & cable runs, pneumatic pipe or tubing runs, must be considered to allow the ability to remove the above mentioned panels
  • Good mechanical guard components must be selected so that after a period of time the system still maintains it mechanical integrity

Part Design – Modeling - Building

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Installed at our customer’s site is a Cognex camera and light on our custom stand. The panel is mounted lower on the other side. This had to fit over the end of the conveyor for the camera to see the ink printed on the end of the carton – after a 90=degree transfer.

We designed the brackets to hold either the camera or the light, and an air hose with nozzle for cleaning dust from the lens and light. We also designed the vertical and horizontal supports for the camera and light brackets to have full adjustability.

This is for a client that needed to inspect cartons at a maximum of 250 per minute. We built two of them, as there were two similar lines. We were also responsible for the reject of the cartons which was slightly down stream.

Distributed IO Reduces Project Costs

JAE Automation is continually investing into our design model of how to increase our customer’s efficiency and at the same time reduce the cost of implementing automation solutions. We have discovered that using distributed automation solutions, such as Ethernet I/P or AS-Interface we have been able to reduce the overall cost of the solution and at the same time increase our customer’s efficiency and reduce maintenance costs. With our design model we have also discovered that our flexibility for changes during the design phase as well as the installation of our projects has been much easier to adapt to thereby reducing time and materials for these changes.

If your manufacturing environment is in need of upgrading or you are looking for ways to increase efficiency, throughput and or reduce maintenance costs please contact us and we will be glad to meet and discuss this with you.

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Tape Detection

Have you ever had issues with cases not having the packing tape affixed properly either on the top or bottom? We have encountered situations where tape has been missing, and has caused production not only to go down but in some instances has damaged equipment when product falls out of the case.

For situations such as these JAE Automation has developed a solution that can be implemented into your existing conveying system. Let us know if you are interested and we can discuss your application.

Robot Welding Cell

JAE Automation is developing a robot welding cell for a client in order to achieve consistent and quality welds while meeting the demand of delivering these parts. The cell consists of a Fanuc six axis robot integrated with a 450amp Lincoln welder, which is being controlled by an Allen Bradley PLC with an HMI for user control.

The robot cell has been tested in our onsite test facility which helps to reduce integration time for our client. If you would like to review the idea of using a robot in your facility either for welding or pick and place please contact us and we can arrange a meeting at our facility to demo one of our robots.