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SIMLOGIC has been helping two customers in completely different industries make significant advances in their production processes. A dairy products manufacturing company, wanted to automate its palletising operation for yoghurt, while the second, a primary metals manufacturer, was looking to automate the charging and temperature monitoring of its furnaces.

SIMLOGIC developed solutions based on FANUC robots for both applications. For the dairy producer, a FANUC M-410 four-axis industrial robot palletises plastic crates containing yoghurt products at end of two separate lines. At the metals manufacturer, a FANUC R-2000iC/210L industrial robot feeds cathode-zinc plate packages into the furnaces as and when required.

At the dairy plant, the FANUC M-410 palletises crates coming from production lines with a capacity of 720 crates per hour, with various palletisation options  according to the operator selection. Аt the metals producer the FANUC R-2000iC/210L now lifts totalling around 100 tonnes in zinc plates in a 24-hour period, minimising the need for manual labour in the dangerous furnace area of the plant.

"The robot simultaneously charges two furnaces by feeding specific cathode-zinc plate packages as required into one or the other furnace,” explains Mr Penev. “Notably, the system automatically regulates the temperature and charge level in the furnaces, with the supplied quantities of zinc measured using an industrial scale. All data on the operation of the furnaces and the amount of material supplied is archived and displayed at the operator’s workstation."
Critically, the robotised system ensures minimal worker presence in the dangerous furnace area. Instead of staff, the FANUC R-2000iC/210L robot takes on all the heavy lifting of zinc plates, often handling loads totalling over 100 tonnes in a 24-hour period.