Force testing can be automated by interfacing Mecmesin’s force testing stands with an automatic handling system under the control of a programmable Logic Controller or PLC. Automation reduces the testing time and the need for an operator to supervise the test.
The test stand both receives commands from the PLC and also sends information as to the status of the test so that the whole process is fully automated for rapid through-put and enhanced reproducibility.
The pneumatically controlled gripper receives a signal from the test stand to collect the sample and ‘pick and place’ it in the correct location for testing to begin. Once the measurement have been made and the sample found to be ‘good’ or ‘bad’ the test stand signals the gripper to collect the sample and move it to the feeder.