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M9 - Automatic Chocolate Packaging System


Project No.: M9

Project Title: Automatic Chocolate Packaging System


1. INTRODUCTION

Packaging automation is one of the potential area of development in Food Industry. Product piece handling is basically the process of controlling object placement and positioning through a number of specialized machines designed for specific object handling application with a motion control program to interlock the movement of the independent system actuators. Integrating the automated object handling devices to form a packaging system is the objective of the project.

The system should be incorporated with certain degree of flexibility allowing reconfiguration for future change of product and/or process. Thus modular design is recommended. Generic mechanism and components are used to generate required motions.

2. TECHNICAL OUTLINE

The automatic chocolate packaging system is to be built between the end of the chocolate packing line and a cartoon packaging machine. At the end of the packing line piles of chocolate packs will be delivered for packing into a cartoon, each of which is to be filled with a total of eight packs of chocolate. The chocolate packs are arranged in piles of 4 packs. In each cartoon a card has to be placed between the piles of chocolate in order to protect the packs from damage due to impact. Then the filled cartoon will be transferred to a machine for packing.

In other words the objective of the project is design and build an automatic system at the end of the chocolate packing line to place 2 piles of 4-packs of chocolate with a card in between the piles into a cartoon so that the filled cartoon will be transferred to a machine for packing automatically. The system should include all the necessary automatic motions including preparing the empty cartoon to the form for collecting the piles of chocolates and delivering filled cartoons to a cartoon packaging machine. The production requirement of the system is 20 cartoons per minute.

3. SPECIFICATIONS

  • Motor driven transfer line.
  • Modular Pick & Place device.
  • Pneumatic or motor actuated mechanism.
  • Standard automatic mechanism complied workstations.
  • Completely AUTOMATIC.
  • PLC or Microcomputer control.

4. REQUIREMENTS

Student are required to design and manufacture the Automatic System for packaging chocolates based on the given outline and specifications. Students are encouraged to initiate a number of designs for system optimization. Students will be required to discuss their designs with the engineers from the Client Company. The final design should be approved by the company.