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Automated Storage System handles 260 loads/hr, controls production variances. (New Product).

Matching care room production to mold line operation can be a significant logistical challenge on high production casting lines. The Automatic Storage and Retrieval System from EC&S Robotics, Birmingham, Alabama, can serve as a buffer between core production and the mold line requirements, allowing cores to be stored for future use but remain easily retrievable.

The system can store cores to supply 8 hr of mold line production. The capacity of this core storage creates a cushion to avoid production holdups from coreroom maintenance or unplanned downtime. The vertical storage design holds a larger number of cores in a smaller footprint, saving floor space.

The system can even the flow of cores to the mold line, potentially eliminating the need for additional coreroom equipment. When coreroom production exceeds the mold line demand on some jobs but lags behind the demand on others, a stockpile of cores for the high demand job can be built up while the cores for the low demand job are produced at a slower rate that coincides with demand. Staggering production for high and low demand jobs makes the most efficient use of existing core machines and prevents the need to purchase additional machines.

The storage system can handle individual loads up to 1,000 lb. It transfers these cores to 1200 storage locations at a handling rate of more than 260 loads/hr. It can be set up to deliver and store cores at the same rate as a mold line can be run--providing as many cores as the mold line requires and storing the extras for later production.

The machine is AC servo driven, which allows the loads to accelerate smoothly and stop with precision ([+ or -]0.06 in. of the intended location). System controls feature industrial PC hosting of PLC-controlled discrete operations and multi-axis motion control, and PC interface packages are available. Database interface with plant production management software is part of the standard control package.

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