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Weidmüller works with systems integrator to support sanitiser supply

02 June 2021

Robotics expert, Solent Automation, has selected remote I/O products from the Weidmüller u-remote range for use in palletisers. It has supplied to Zidac Laboratories, a specialist manufacturer of hand hygiene and disinfectant products.

The palletisers, which incorporate FANUC robots, are now in regular service, handling large quantities of sanitiser products for the NHS and other organisations to help them deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Zidac Laboratories has pledged to donate £1 million worth of the products to healthcare organisations and charities. At the time of writing, it is more than halfway towards achieving this target, having gifted products to organisations that include St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and Medical Supply Drive.

To help meet the large demand for sanitiser, the palletisers are designed to operate at high speed, taking boxes of bottles and loading them onto pallets at a rate of 16 boxes per minute. The boxes are lifted by vacuum heads, attached to the robot arm, with overall control for the pick-and-place process being provided by the programmable automation system built into the robot. The built-in automation system, however, had limited I/O capacity and, in this application, the designers at Solent Automation found that they needed additional I/O to control the vacuum head and its associated equipment.

Read the full article in the June issue of DPA

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