P2L, the pick-to-light sensor from InSystems Automation, makes it easier to build more efficient assembly workstation architecture.
Pick-to-Light systems are a means of increasing process reliability of assembly processes whilst reducing the overall production time. This is done by a series of lights and sensors which both show the employee the next component to pick and senses when an incorrect part has been picked. Indicator lights with inbuilt verification have the benefit of containing the signalling light and a sensor in one piece.
Being designed specifically with the requirements of the user and the workplace in mind, the P2L sensor has inbuilt verification as well as a height of only 25 mm. This is advantageous in creating more room for the picking hand to access parts and allows for component trays to be managed in a more space efficient material supply unit. Not only does this save space but it decreases the distance that employees have to reach to pick each part.
The operating distance of the sensor is adjustable with a reach of 20-150 mm, meaning it can be used in a range of container sizes.
Pick-to-light systems can also document information about the production cycle which facilitates quality assurance and part traceability. To aid this, the fieldbus compatible P2L sensor can be easily connected to a PLC. The sensor can be connected to the controller in a group of up to 100 whilst avoiding the time-consuming wiring of individual sensors. A material flow computer can be used to manage assembly instructions, as well as to take orders directly from the ERP system (such as SAP).
As well as being sold as part of a complete pick-to-light system, the P2L sensor is available as a single part or as individual sensors with control, meaning it can be installed into existing systems.
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