Pharmaceutical and Medical: Medical Assembly
Our expertise and broad product offering allow us to provide highly compact LED- or laser-based sensors that verify part presence and provide precise part positioning. We offer innovative sensors, actuators, and LED lights that improve assembly processes and accuracy by providing lighted operator guidance for pick-to-light systems and clear, bright, even illumination for work areas and machines. With increased levels of automation comes an increased need for safety, machine safeguarding devices from Banner ensure that robotic assembly machines and other equipment will operate at the highest level of safety without compromising productivity.
Installing a signal to parts bins is a simple solution to keeping parts bins stocked and the assembly line productive. The EZ-LIGHT K80 Call Light is a large illuminated signal the operator turns on before parts are depleted. The K80 flashes red to signal stocking personnel to replenish bin supplies. In flexible manufacturing environments, operator stations and work cells must allow for quick changes to assembly and manufacturing lines.
To reduce the risk of error in an assembly operation, a one-piece EZ-LIGHT PVD pick-to-light sensor with a 400 mm range is interfaced with a process controller programmed with the correct assembly sequence. The controller makes the PVDs light up in the correct order, to show the assembler which part to pick. After the PVD detects that the assembler's hand has entered and left the bin, the controller signals the PVD of the next bin in the pick sequence to light up.
The solution requires the sensor to mount snugly within a machine opening, with continual end-to-end sensing that leaves no gaps. This enables the light screen to be located a minimum distance from the machine hazard point, using minimal floor space (which reduces the reach for the operator), and eliminating snag and aesthetic issues. At 28 mm x 26 mm (1.1" x 1"), Banner's EZ-SCREEN LP safety light screen is incredibly compact and can mount in tight spaces.
Banner’s TL70 wireless tower light is ideal for this type of application. It combines high visibility indication with wireless communication. The extremely bright display of the TL70 provides at-a-glance status indication, enabling staff to easily identify the condition of a machine on the floor. Wireless communication connects the light to other devices without the time and expense associated with lengthy cable runs.
One global provider of healthcare products had been using vision machines to detect particulates in their liquid pharmaceuticals. When the machines were no longer able to detect contaminants to the required percentage level, the company began using human visual inspections. Since many of the particulates are extremely minute, the company needed to install bright and highly uniform illumination in their work stations so operators could effectively verify the quality of products.
A recent industry switch from polypropene (PP) to polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) bottles prompted a leading US mail-order facility to re-evaluate their fulfillment process. With over 2,000 red LED sensors to be replaced, the facility turned to Banner for a solution.