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Flexible Design for Pack Manufacturing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123862D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Goss, VJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The problems of presenting packaging materials and ergonomic issues are overcome by using a combination of material handling and separation of products. The material handling system delivers completed units from manufacturing cells to the pack cell assigned to that product type. It also routes packed units from the pack cells through an automatic taper, sortation, and palletizer. After exiting the manufacturing cell, the output spur conveys the unit to a pack raceway. The barcode on the tray is used to send the unit to the pack cell assigned to that product type. As trays travel along the conveyor, system scanners located at each intersection will scan the barcode located on the tray. If the barcode cannot be read, the system sends the tray to pack cell one. Each cell has a belt decline that brings the tray into the cell.

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Flexible Design for Pack Manufacturing

   The problems of presenting packaging materials and
ergonomic issues are overcome by using a combination of material
handling and separation of products.  The material handling system
delivers completed units from manufacturing cells to the pack cell
assigned to that product type.  It also routes packed units from the
pack cells through an automatic taper, sortation, and palletizer.
After exiting the manufacturing cell, the output spur conveys the
unit to a pack raceway.  The barcode on the tray is used to send the
unit to the pack cell assigned to that product type.  As trays travel
along the conveyor, system scanners located at each intersection will
scan the barcode located on the tray.  If the barcode cannot be read,
the system sends the tray to pack cell one.  Each cell has a belt
decline that brings the tray into the cell.  If the pack cells are
full, units will circulate on the raceway overhead until an opening
occurs.  A product type can be loaded to any combination of the six
cells.  The pack technician determines which products get built on
which cell based on capacity requirements.  Each workstation within
the cell is the same.  The pack process is completed at one
workstation (it is not progressive).  The pack operator presses a
button to call a unit into their station.  The operator steps on a
foot pedal to activate the popup balls and the pack pedestal.  The
unit is moved from the tray onto the pedestal, and the tray is placed
on a pallet next to the workstation.  The operator places a bag over
the unit and pedestal and places the cushions on the sides of the
computer which overhang the pedestal.  The ope...