Discrete and Process Automation

Case study: Powerful, precise pick-and-pack solution cuts changeover time

17 March 2022

Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. helped one manufacturer boost throughput with small, fast servo motors and flexible data communications.

For Hamrick Manufacturing & Service Inc., the packaging of delicate protein supplements into bottles requires a high level of control. When the company wanted to design an automated pick-and-pack system, it needed powerful servo motors that could work with a soft touch and fit into a very confined space.Source: Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. Source: Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc.

As a longtime Mitsubishi Electric Automation customer, Hamrick engineers were happy to learn that Mitsubishi Electric HG Series servo motors offered nearly double the speed needed in such a small size. The manufacturer then rounded out the solution with Mitsubishi Electric FR-E800 VFDs and EtherNet/IP amplifier.

The new system delivered the precise control and soft touch Hamrick needed for the delicate pick-and-pack operation — and accelerated changeovers from 30 minutes to about 40 seconds.

Controls engineering manager Jeff Eckstein said, "The Mitsubishi Electric products themselves are good, really good, but it’s the relationship with Mitsubishi Electric … that I think made the real difference. We don’t have a ton of employees, so the Mitsubishi Electric team’s willingness and ability to help us in the middle of a crisis was key.”

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