Celebrating its 11th year, the 2014 PACE Zenith Awards brought together the biggest names in Process Control, Instrumentation and Automation to celebrate, recognise and award companies and individuals for their key contribution to the Australian industry.
Machinery Automation & Robotics brought home awards from 2 categories: Manufacturing Project of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year.
MAR received the PACE Manufacturing Award for its Automatic Plastic Bottle Palletising and Pallet Handling System project at VIP Packaging.
To increase their competitiveness, VIP Packaging sought the help of MAR to address their high cost in production. MAR Automatic Plastic Bottle Palletising and Pallet Handling System consists of vision systems, robotic palletising systems, pallet handling system, pallet strapping system and automatic pallet wrapping.
The achievements of the project are the increase of operation safety, increase of process quality, increase of process speed, increase work area management, less maintenance and overall decreasing cost of manufacturing.
According to the judges, “The CP bottle line palletising designed and installed by MAR is noteworthy as it decreased manufacturing costs while improving quality and safety.
“This implementation allowed MAR’s client to remain competitive, helped no doubt by the fact that the entire automated robotic palletising process is initiated and controlled by a single operator.”
Thomas Hughes, MAR Graduate Engineer and Young Achiever finalist, accepts the PACE Young Achiever award on behalf of his colleague and Winner Daniel Egan-Wyer from category sponsor David Duncan, Managing Director of SICK.
Daniel has shown great innovation, initiative and technical skill in cutting edge automation technologies of 3D vision and complex robot control. He has developed structured Visual Basic code to coordinate the actions of the robot and implemented sensing algorithms to automatically execute multiple robot tool changes.
In the Robotic Idler Changer project, Daniel worked on the robot actions including the raising of the conveyor belt whilst still running and complete replacement of worn out idlers with new idlers before lowering the conveyor belt down on the new idler set. The code written by Daniel controls the steps of this process, during normal operation as well as under fault conditions or when the cycle needs to end prematurely.
The judges said: “Daniel has shown great innovation, initiative and technical skill in cutting edge automation technologies of 3D vision and complex robot control.
“This project has provided significant uptime savings to the client by being able to change out worn idlers without stopping the conveyor belt as well as totally eliminating the risk of injury to operators which is prevalent in the traditional manual idler change out process.”
MAR is also proud to have 3 other entries that made it to the PACE awards finalist list:
- BladeStop – Machine Builder Award Finalist
- Thomas Hughes – Young Achiever Award Finalist
- Bryan Emmerson – Young Achiever Award Finalist
MAR has been awarded numerous other awards including the 2008 Telstra Australian Business of the year. Find out more by visiting our awards page