To load products into machines, they must also be offered to the loading robot in the position in which they will be placed – the “laying position”. With this loading system, Cellro has an exceptional laying position for this type of loading robot. All kinds of products can be loaded into Xcelerate using drawers at different levels. This ensures that different batches can be produced one after the other. Up to four different batches in the standard Xcelerate configuration.
There are also two different sized drawers for the two different Xcelerate models. The drawers of the X10 have a surface area of 1000 mm x 400 mm. The drawers of the X20 are larger: 1200 mm x 600 mm. The storage capacity of an X20 is thus nearly 80% greater.
Stepper motors push the drawers out of the frame in a smooth movement. The controlled movement of the drawers allows you to stack different products (when the shape of the products allow it) without having to support them. This means that you can have larger batches.
With the help of inlays, Xcelerate can determine which product it must grab. An inlay is a (steel) plate with recesses that is bolted to the drawer or cart. By placing the product in the recesses, the robot is able to determine from a zero-point where a product is and how to grab it.
Xcelerate can be delivered with different draw and inlay combinations. This is entirely dependent on the format of the products. Not sure about what you have to do in two months’ time? Cellro has standard inlays, but you can also create your own inlays that match products with unique shapes (as long as all batches have the same shape). It is important to see with which inlays and with how many drawers you are able to run unmanned for as long as possible.
Something to consider: reducing the number of drawers means that you will be able to run fewer different batches. You may also be able to machine taller products. It is also possible to leave the bottom drawer pushed out for taller products.
Personalisation of inlays and fingers
Xcelerate’s modularity ensures greater flexibility. The inlays and fingers that Cellro delivers with the system are only the starting point of automation. If you use the automation robot, you will see that you can tailor Xcelerate entirely to your production process. Fingers and inlays can be made for your unique production process. Cellro will be pleased to work with you to take a look at the products and product families with which you work and determine what the best solutions are for fingers and inlays. Thanks to its modularity, no two Xcelerate units are exactly the same.
We also work with carts as part of the standard package. Carts are used when a production process demands extra flexibility. The need arose when Xcelerate users wanted to the possibility of having a batch prepared while Xcelerate was busy loading the machine.
In addition, it appeared that internal transport between different machines is simplified by unloading the raw products from other machines onto the cart earlier in the production process. You can then drive the cart to Xcelerate where you dock it. At that point, Xcelerate knows – with the aid of the inlay and the installed program – where it can pick up and replace the products.
After processing, it is often also desirable to bring the processed products to a subsequent machine for post-processing (if required). This is easy to do with the cart, as the products have already been put back into place there. This solution pays off if you often machine the same product. Xcelerate can continue working immediately after changing the carts.
Other products for carts
Because a cart is driven, the products must be enclosed so that they do not move about within the inlays. While this is not the case with the drawers, it is necessary for the carts. You will then need a suitable inlay for each product.
No cart has another cart on top of it. This makes it easy to present taller products or products of another shape to Xcelerate. The maximum product height for carts is 220 mm.
Furthermore, a cart can carry a greater weight than a drawer. Are the products too heavy for a drawer when together? If so, a cart is a good alternative.
X-10 and X-20 carts
|2018 model carts||Xcelerate X-10||Xcelerate X-20|
|Number of carts||1||2|
|Maximum product height||200 mm||220 mm|
|Loading surface area per cart||0.8 x 1.2 metre||0.6 x 0.8 metre|
|weight limit per cart||350 KG||350 KG|
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