Many hospitals and pharmacies use specialized smaller-scale automated storage and picking systems for managing their pharmaceutical stocks. In these systems, high-precision transport of the goods is very important. Automatic optimization of transport routes and the ability to change target positions at any time increase the performance of such systems.
KNAPP Smart Solutions GmbH is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automated picking machines for pharmacies. Its systems automatically record drugs, place them in storage, and, at the request of the pharmacist, reliably convey them to the counter within seconds. During storage, the pharmaceutical packagings are gripped by a gripper and aligned in position, the product code is scanned, and the pack size is measured. The robot uses its state-of-the-art software for optimum placement of the individual packages in the extremely compact internal shelf system. When the pharmacist requests a drug, the same process takes place in reverse order. The automatic system makes the desired product available again reliably. The gripper system is driven by controllers and servo amplifiers from zub machine control AG. The grippers can grip the packs gently using software-based torque monitoring, align them, measure their size, and move them without damaging them. The drugs are perfectly guided on the way into storage and out to the counter using digital position control, and are always deposited exactly at the destination. Position and torque control is just one discipline perfectly mastered by the motion control modules of zub AG.
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