Until now, dosing of micro quantities up to 10 kg has mainly been carried out manually by an operator. Each component in a formulation has to be weighed by hand and fed into the current production process. This can cause problems for the operator and for product safety, especially when it involves metering of extremely critical or harmful materials in pharmaceuticals, chemicals and food production. Materials of this kind can only be handled using special protective measures. There is also the risk that it will be impossible to reproduce complex formulations continuously and accurately.
It is for these reasons that AZO has developed the solution: AZO®RoLog. With this system, the raw materials are placed in storage or taken out of storage automatically by a robot. A purpose-developed device is responsible for dosing with gram accuracy.
AZO®RoLog – automatic dosing of minor quantities
The machine operator first ensures that the raw materials, such as pigments, additives, active agents etc., are available in dispensing and storage units ready for automated further processing. A safety cage now separates the automation area (the robot’s work envelope) from the production environment. This automatic raw materials logistics system, in a shielded cage, offers maximum protection for the machine operator and the product. In addition, the modular design of the storage module for raw materials (RLM) ensures a high degree of flexibility when adding new raw materials components.
The robot assembles the batch in accordance with the required formulation in a fully automated process by preparing the correct dispensing and storage units. At the dosing point, the required micro quantities are metered accurately from here. This achieves reproducible dosing results in a range from 50 g to 10 kg. After weighing all components into the target container, the latter is placed ready at a specific intersection for further processing.
AZO®RoLog is now immediately ready for processing further production jobs. This means the system operates efficiently and without wasting time. Round-the-clock production is possible with constant provision of raw materials and receptacles. AZO®RoLog can be operated as a standalone system or it can be fully integrated.
This addition to AZO’s product portfolio means that it can offer even better support for its customers throughout the entire logistics process. From initial delivery of the raw materials through to mixer feeding. AZO is the expert for automated handling of bulk materials and liquids – from bulk quantities to micro quantities.
The AZO Group is a German company, headquartered in Osterburken. AZO specialises in the planning, manufacture and assembly of machines and facilities for automating production processes in storage, discharge, screening, conveying, dosing and weighing of bulk materials and powdered components well as for dispersing, mixing and homogenizing of liquid and semisolid products.
With over 1,000 employees, the AZO Group has locations additional to its Osterburken Headquarters in Neckarsulm, Hannover and Neuenburg am Rhein, as well as being active worldwide with subsidiaries in Belgium, China, France, Russia, Thailand, the USA and the United Kingdom.Click here for more informationClick here for related articles >>
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