A Burgess Plate Handling and Management Application Overview - example #6
2 CTP devices into 2 punch/bender, bar coding, transport, dual level sort-stack stations, dual-level plate elevator - 500 plate per hour
The imaged plates leave the 2 CTP devices in a landscape orientation and are fed through two Punch/Bend lines. A Crossover Conveyor Bridge is available in the event one of the Punch/Bend lines becomes unavailable. Plates can automatically be sent across the Bridge to the available line. “On Command” Traffic Control manages the travel of the plates from each CTP device tracking them each step of the way. The plates must be processed, press notched, bent, sorted and stacked into sorting bins and Bar Coding can be used to Sort-Stack plates into specific bins.
In this application plates are rotated after punching and bending to facilitate the proper orientation to be sorted and stacked into Dual Level Sort-Stack Stations. The Dual Level Sort-Stack Stations are fed by a Dual-Level Plate Elevator behind each punch/bender which delivers plates to the upper or lower level of a Dual Plate highway. Any number of sort-stack bins can be added on in-line and Bar Coding can be used to Sort-Stack plates into specific bins. A Dummy (blank) Plate loader/unloader can be inserted into one or more of the punch/bend lines to facilitate automated creation of “press ready” Dummy (blank) plates. These units also have the added benefit of automatically unloading plates from the line in the event the punch/bend line becomes unavailable. This allows the high speed CTP device to continue operating at full speed until the punch/bender comes back on line or the off-loaded plates are fed into another punch/bend line via the Dummy Plate Mobile Plate Cart which can hold up to 200 flat plates. This Plate Management System will handle up to 500 plates per hour dependent upon plate size(s) and configuration.
Burgess Solutions utilized in this system:
- The Burgess Plate Manager
- On Command Bar Coding
- SuperBender Punch/Bender
- Dual Position Plate Elevator
- Rotators, Bridge Units
- Dual Level Sorting and Stacking
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