Automatical material sorting selection manifold
The newly developed Maintech automatic meterial selection manifold has been designed to connect many moulding machines to different material sources without manual intervention and the need for cable connect tagging system normally used on manual manifolds,
Selection of the material routing from which source to which machine is programmed and controlled using a highly developed PLC and software system.
The connection of a particular material to a moulding machine is achieved using 2 movable plates with hose connectors in each, these plates are positioned using pneumatic rod-less cylinders, the position of the plates is accurately monitored and controlled to ensure perfect alignment with a fixed central coupling.
Once each of the plates has been positioned they are moved to seal against the central coupling and when clamped in place the material transfer can commence.
The selection and alignment of the coupler takes place at high speed and in complete silence, every movement is precisely controlled using transducers.
At the end of each material transfer cycle the material lines are cleaned using a pipe cleaning valve located at the material source, this ensures that there is no material or dust in the pipes to cause cross contamination.
At the end of the pipe cleaning cycle both of the coupling plates retract and make ready for selection of the transfer cycle.
The design of the automatic material sorting manifold and its components have been selected and tested under the most rigorous conditions to ensure maximum longevity of the system with minimal maintenance.
The innovative design of the AMSM can be used for all materials as well as engineering polymers, the movable coupling design ensures that no granules or dust can migrate between the connections.
A touch screen PLC is used to control the operation of the AMSM and the pneumatic conveying system and makes the integration of all Maintech equipment very easy, the material routing is programmed via the touch screen using icons.
The PLC control monitors all of the functions of the conveying system, logs all of the programmed routings for the materials and reports on all types of alarms such as a source has run out of material.
All of the system generated alarms can be displayed in the production areas using Maintech's large scrolling message board, also the system can be monitored and controlled via our PC based centralised supervisor software.