When Motor Controls Robotics, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of paper and plastic disposable packaging for the food service industry needed a robotic system to palletize cases of product, they designed a palletizing system with five robots.
The system communicated via EtherNet/IP from a PLC to the I/O. The I/O near the end of the arm on the robot had eight inputs and eight outputs, but the tooling required 16 outputs and one input. Adding more I/O required adding expensive high-flex cable the length of the rail system and soldering three separate connection points with approximately 20 wires per connection to get to the distribution blocks on the end-of-arm tooling.
Learn how Phoenix Contact helped this company find a wireless I/O solution, which saved installation time and eliminated the downtime that broken cables would cause.