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ASYMTEK: Material Handling System (10/29/09)

October 29, 2009
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Asymtek has announced the availability of its MH-900 Series Material Handling System.

Asymtek, a Nordson company and leader in dispensing, coating, and jetting technologies, has announced the availability of its MH-900 Series Material Handling System. This multifunctional system is configurable for inline or same-side load and unload operations, supports both single- and dual-lane conveyors, and provides reliable loading and unloading of a variety of parts, from very thin strips to large, heavy boats and carriers.

Advanced process control is built into the handling system. Programmable transport speed and carrier staging maximize units per hour while multiple carrier sensors, active pinch wheels, and thin strip guides ensure safe handling for even the most challenging applications. Magazines are loaded from the side into adjustable spring-loaded trays, and a vertical elevator moves them into loading position. A frame sensor identifies the next available frame, significantly reducing search time for partially filled magazines.  During loading, frames are carefully pulled from the magazine and through the system by a soft-touch gripper and active pinch wheels.

The elevator and shuttle operate independently with programmable speed to provide precise, high-speed movement. Programmed shuttle positions simplify set-up and ensure continuous dispensing by moving frames to the next available lane. During the unload sequence, a frame sensor verifies that the magazine is empty before moving a strip into the magazine. Adjustable thin strip guides ensure that strips, whether flat, warped, or bent, are properly loaded into the finished magazine. The integrated shuttle allows carrier staging that reduces load time and allows the ability to process a single magazine on multiple lanes for continuous processing with no wait time.

The system comes with Asymtek’s LoaderMoveTM Touch Software and Control System.  Programs are easy to write with step-by-step instructions and a 147 mm color touch screen. Frame mapping sensors eliminate time lost attempting to unload empty magazine slots and prevent double-loading in full slots.  Users can program magazines to process from the bottom or top and to move frames to the next available lane or to a specific lane if traceability and lot control are required.

The MH-900 offers scalability in loading options. Capacity is flexible. The system can handle multiple magazines for reduced loading frequency. PLC control enables future expandability when process needs change. Quick changeover to different magazine and part sizes can be achieved with no investment in different pusher tips or expensive tooling. An optional second shelf increases capacity for reduced loading frequency.

The MH-900 series loaders are fully enclosed with interlocked doors and windows for operator safety and part security. Access panels are easily removed, and built-in software maintenance tools make servicing easy.  Robust system mechanics and a rigid enclosure ensure precise operation and reduced potential for jamming.

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