Innovative New Application for the Bucket Elevator
Ryson Bucket Elevator combines vertical and horizontal transportation of bulk materials in one integral unit. It gently conveys products such as coffee, seeds, chemicals and other small or powdered materials… Until now.
Dynalab – An electronic manufacturing company needed a new production line. It had a unique challenge to move circuit boards from a test area into a clean room for robotic assembly – without disrupting the flow of the existing manufacturing processes . The test area was not near the clean room, so a straight conveyor was not an option. Also, the presentation (orientation) to the robot had to be precise and consistent.
GPAX – a packaging and automation company – reached out to Ryson to see if our bucket elevator design was a viable solution. After some creative engineering, new buckets were designed to be able to house a mold that would ensure accurate presentation to the optics of the robot. This breakthrough allowed the bucket elevator to serve as an indexing conveyor to move circuit boards loaded by hand from a test area, up and across an aisle and descend into a clean room. The robot then unloads the parts from the buckets for final automatic assembly.