Shuttles; Manual vs. Automatic (Electric)

 

 

Shuttles; Manual vs. Automatic

Manual Shuttle System (standard)

The shuttle and attached tool is moved under the under the heat platen for the sealing cycle by the operator using a forward hand motions.   The operator then activates the sealing platen by inserting both hands, simultaneously, into the Banner Optitouch sensors.  The PLC controls the platen down stroke, seal time and release.  Once the platen releases from the tool, the operator can withdraw the shuttle back to the "home" position for the operator to unload.  The operator must first be sure the platen has lifted prior to moving the shuttle or the platen may break spring pins on the tooling.  Note: The operator's hand must remain in the Optitouch sensors until the platen closes on the tool.  Once the platen is in contact with the tool, the operator may remove hands from the Optitouch sensors and begin preparation of another tray to be sealed on the next load.



Auto Shuttle System (optional) NOW ELECTRIC DRIVE IS STANDARD AVAILABLE OPTION IN 2010!

Electrically driven shuttle actuators are used to cycle the shuttle and seal tool under the platen for the sealing cycle and subsequently returns the shuttle to the "home" position for the operator to unload.  The operator activates the shuttle by inserting both hands, simultaneously, into the Banner Optitouch sensors to begin the sealing cycle.  The ultrasmooth electric drive system is pre-programmed for accel and decel as well as velocity.

As always, the PLC controls the platen down stroke actuation, seal time and release.  At the end of the seal cycle, the auto shuttle is returned to the "home" position by the operator using the safety hand sensors.   Note: For approved safety requirement, the operator's hand must remain in the Optitouch sensors until the platen closes on the seal tool.  Once the platen is in contact with the tool, the operator may remove hands from the Optitouch sensors and begin preparation of another tray set to be sealed on the next load. Click here.

Also see our Category 3 Light Curtain system for total automatic shuttle movement with the push of one button. Click here.