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Boosting food industry productivity

Boosting food industry productivity Ethernet-compatible servo motor drives are underpinning a breakthrough in the speed and flexibility of food tray sealing. The availability of this new generation of networked motion control technology provided the platform for Ishida to re-think its machine control system architecture and achieve step-change improvements in speed. Instead of the combination of servo and pneumatic actuation axes used on previous machines, Ishida's latest QX-1100 tray sealer employs servo motors throughout, controlled using Baldor's Ethernet-compatible MicroFlex e100 drives. The speed and predictability of movement provided by the servos allows Ishida to dramatically accelerate the throughput for this form of food processing automation, allowing sealing speeds of up to 200 trays per minute, twice as fast as many existing solutions. The 100 Mbits/second speed of the network also dramatically simplifies the control system, allowing the machine's complex motion to be managed by a single controller with extremely simple cabling, eliminating several multi-axis motion controllers and dozens of wires that would conventionally be required. In total, twelve servo motor axes are used in the QX-1100. Six control the machine's dual infeed lanes - which operate asynchronously for flexibility. Two drive lugged chains that provide precise movement of the food trays through the filling process. Four more control take-off and spacing conveyor functions, to collect and precisely position the appropriate number of trays before entry into the sealing area.

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