Transfer and Storage System utilizes robotic technology.

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Modular and configurable to suit different layouts, Robotic Tray System (RTS) provides buffering and accumulation system within can end manufacturing processes. It can run trays from existing balancer systems, and optional servo belt drives eliminate air usage by replacing pneumatic cylinders. Acting as one unit, system is comprised of 4 separate systems: infeed lanes, robot end-of-arm tooling, discharge lanes with shuttle, and discharge conveyors.

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FleetwoodGoldcoWyard Introduces Latest Robotic Technology

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. - FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, a leading producer and supplier of advanced conveyance technology and product handling equipment, is proud to introduce its Robotic Tray System (RTS). The system utilizes Robotic technology to provide a buffering and accumulation system within the can end manufacturing processes.

Key benefits of the Robotic Tray System are: small footprint; modular system easily configurable to suit different layouts; capable of running trays from existing balancer systems; optional servo belt drives eliminate air usage by replacing pneumatic cylinders which reduces annual energy consumption; with the use of robotics there are less spare parts to keep on hand resulting in enhanced equipment availability.

The RTS consists of four (4) separate systems, all functioning together as one unit. In the infeed lanes, can ends feed into the RTS. The continuous flow of can ends in the infeed section is separated into sticks for handling. The robot end-of-arm tooling picks the sticks from the infeed lanes and places them directly into the available discharge lanes. The ends transfer down the discharge lane shuttle and merge with the ends in transit into a continuous flow. The discharge conveyors after the discharge lanes move the ends to the downstream equipment. If there is no demand for ends in any of the discharge lanes, or if the downstream process outside of the RTS has stopped, the ends are placed in the storage trays or a drawer buffer system. Similarly, if an upstream process outside the RTS is shut down, the RTS feeds ends from the storage trays to the discharge lanes.

The RTS is a transfer and storage system designed for high speed can end manufacturing lines for the Can Manufacturing industry.

Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology solutions in packaging, corrugating, and paper converting across a broad spectrum of industries. Barry-Wehmiller's balanced approach to the market is made possible through nine interactive divisions: Accraply, Inc., a leading manufacturer of automatic labeling and label converting and finishing systems; Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc., a premier supplier of manufacturing automation, facility design, and other engineering consulting services; Barry-Wehmiller International Resources (BWIR), a global provider of business and technology solutions to the mid-market manufacturing domain; FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of automated can end and product handling equipment, advanced conveyance technology, palletizers, depalletizers, and process equipment; HayssenSandiacre, a form/fill/seal technologies and services leader for more than 100 years; MarquipWardUnited, Inc., a leading manufacturer of equipment for the corrugated and folded carton industries; Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), providing high-performance converting machinery for the global tissue, nonwovens, package printing, and envelope manufacturing industries; PneumaticScaleAngelus, a global provider for filling, capping, can seaming, labeling, and centrifugation; and Thiele Technologies, Inc., a leading producer of placing, feeding, bagging, cartoning, case packing, and palletizing equipment. In fiscal year 2008, a strategic combination of organic and acquisition growth allowed Barry-Wehmiller to reach a new milestone, with annual revenues surpassing $1.1 billion for the first time in the company's 123-year history.

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