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Cross-slide buffer integrated to IMM

Task: Buffering of medical technology parts directly below injection moulding machine

  • Medical technology articles are produced on a fast-running injection moulding machine. The cycle time is about 7 seconds. 128 components are produced per cycle.

  • A buffer capacity for 6 plastic containers 600 x 400 x 280mm (L x W x H) is to be created.

  • The buffer is to be integrated into the machine as far as possible and may only protrude minimally over the machine dimensions.

Solution: U-shaped conveyor belt system with two cross buffers and roller conveyor integrated into the machine

  • A combination of two straight conveyor belts, two cross-slide units and a roller conveyor for the filled containers.

  • The empty containers are fed along the centre axis of the machine via a straight GL conveyor belt and are positioned at the end of the belt in the centre under the mould and the dropout switch mounted there.

  • The number of parts per container is determined via the machine pulses.

  • QA parts, start-up parts or rejects can be discharged via the diverter to the opposite side of the machine.

  • Once the target number of units has been reached, the container is pushed transversely from the belt onto a second belt conveyor by means of a pneumatic transverse pushing unit.

  • The second conveyor transports the containers in the machine bed to the operator side.

  • At the end of the belt, a second transverse pushing process takes place onto a roller conveyor, so that the filled totes roll off again towards the infeed point of the empty totes - according to the intended FIFO principle.

  • The operator can thus load and unload the containers at one position. This saves time and space and shortens routes.

  • Due to the U-shaped installation - including the use of the machine bed for the empty containers and the machine overhang on the operator side for the filled containers - the whole device is almost completely integrated to the footprint of the machine. There are virtually no protruding components except the necessary safety devices (emergency stop button, etc.).