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AJ Bates Automated Board Flipper

Project Overview

Client - A J Bates Surfaces

Date - October 2021

Type of system - Custom Machine Build - Automated Board Flipper

Control system - Beckhoff

Industry - Manufacturing

The challenge

Manually lifting, sorting and stacking large boards is a labour intensive task, requiring multiple operators.

The solution

A custom designed automated board flipper arm was implemented along with a new conveyor line.

The tech

A Beckhoff IPC with integrated TwinSAFE safety provides a compact, all-in-one solution for PLC control and safety. Communicating with ABB VSDs and remote IO.

New safety fencing was provided to keep operators safe, with Pilz request-to-enter door locks.

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