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Drop Pucking Machine
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October 11, 2010, 05:08:25 PM
This is my latest project at work. The project started with a machine that dropped round bottles into a bottle handling container called a puck. With a round bottle, no in-feed screw was needed to run the machine. We quit running the round bottles on Line1, so we moved the machine to Line4. This line is currently running a n oval, 1.7 oz. Old Spice Red Zone Body Wash, and a semi round 2.0 oz. Olay bottle. I had to retrofit a drive unit, from a junked machine, on this machine to feed the bottles into the star wheel. Once the bottle is engaged by the star wheel, they travel 90° then drop off of a plate into a puck. The pucks are fed with their own star wheel & timed to the bottle handling star wheel.

Th plates on which the bottle handling parts were designed by me, using TurboCAD & the bottle handling parts were all designed & manufactured by me, except the in-feed screw, on my 4 X 8 CNC router. here are some pics.

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October 11, 2010, 05:09:16 PM
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October 11, 2010, 05:11:02 PM
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October 11, 2010, 05:11:58 PM
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October 12, 2010, 09:57:03 PM
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Very cool, and very interesting. Are the star wheels machined from Delrin, Teflon?

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October 13, 2010, 08:15:15 AM
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I sure enjoy seeing this real-world production. Thanks for posting your work.


October 13, 2010, 04:03:50 PM
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Very cool, and very interesting. Are the star wheels machined from Delrin, Teflon?

The plastic marts I make are usually HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), as these were. I also machine alot of delrin & uhmw. But as I said, most of the parts I make are HDPE. Thanks for the comment Brad. I will be at it again tomorrow, as I have to tool up a 20 head Pneumatic Scale filler for a new production run. I will post pics tomorrow

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October 13, 2010, 04:09:06 PM
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I sure enjoy seeing this real-world production. Thanks for posting your work.

Thanks Don. Years ago I used TC at a previous job. Mostly 2D drawings of existing tooling. Now I am using TC to engineer solutions to real world problems. When people ask how hard is it to do, I tell them it is not hard. It is more like playing a video game to me. Thanks once again for your comments Don. BTW I think I will test drive your sprocket & chain tutorial, even though I am not through the two I bought earlier. There just are not enough hours in the day. Plus I am planning my wedding & honeymoon. I am just too busy.

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October 13, 2010, 04:16:42 PM
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Here are the CAM plugin Screen Shots of the bottle star wheels. Here are one of the issues I have with the plug-in. You still cannot do text on a curve. I would like for my labels on the round parts to go around the wheel and not across them.

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October 13, 2010, 04:18:28 PM
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These are the screen shots of the outer bottle guide.

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October 15, 2010, 01:44:24 PM
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re: Plus I am planning my wedding & honeymoon. I am just too busy.

Congratulations Ken! (Or do you prefer Kenneth?) Don't expect the "I am just too busy" part to go away anytime soon. :D

Thanks for posting the screen shots. Good stuff.

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* November 15, 2010, 01:52:55 PM
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Thanks for posting.  Always interested to see capping and filling stuff, as people who make these machines are our largest customers.  I also daydream about getting a CNC router once in a while.

Also, congratulations on the wedding!

JoeM

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November 15, 2010, 07:53:36 PM
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Thanks for posting.  Always interested to see capping and filling stuff, as people who make these machines are our largest customers.  I also daydream about getting a CNC router once in a while.

Also, congratulations on the wedding!

JoeM
Thanks everyone. I have tested the machine & everthing works great. I will be posting some video from a production run as soon as we go online with it.

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November 20, 2010, 03:26:36 PM
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Here is a video of the my drop pucking machine in action. Just went online in production yesterday
« Last Edit: June 15, 2011, 07:17:10 AM by kmartin »

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November 23, 2010, 06:18:36 PM
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Very slick operation. Thanks again for the look see.

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* December 02, 2010, 10:15:19 PM
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Web Creatives … I like it!

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December 23, 2010, 11:06:46 AM
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Nice job on the drop pucking maching... Nice cnc router too!!!

So how did you install TCC into TCv17?

Mike...

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December 23, 2010, 11:15:26 AM
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Never mind, I found it...

   

Do you qualify for a free CAM Plug-in?
CAM plug-in for TurboCAD 14, 15 or 16 owners qualify for a free upgrade of their CAM software when they upgrade to TurboCAD Pro 17.2 or TurboCAD Pro Platinum 17.2.


Mike...

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December 23, 2010, 11:16:03 AM
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Nice job on the drop pucking maching... Nice cnc router too!!!

So how did you install TCC into TCv17?

Mike...

Thanks for the compliment. I like my route very much. it is a Vortech CNC 4 x 8 http://www.vortechcnc.com
There is an upgrade.
http://www.turbocad.com/TurboCAD/TurboCADWindows/Plugins/CAMPluginforTurboCADProfessional/CAMPluginUpgrade/tabid/1714/Default.aspx
« Last Edit: December 23, 2010, 11:21:50 AM by kmartin »

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December 23, 2010, 11:33:47 AM
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Nice job on the drop pucking maching... Nice cnc router too!!!

So how did you install TCC into TCv17?

Mike...

Thanks for the compliment. I like my route very much. it is a Vortech CNC 4 x 8 http://www.vortechcnc.com


How much does a 4x8 Vortech cost, if you don't mind my asking. Feel free to email me if you prefer.

Do you have this Vortech at home or at work?

Mike...
« Last Edit: December 23, 2010, 12:31:35 PM by mikeschn »

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December 23, 2010, 11:39:00 AM
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Nice job on the drop pucking maching... Nice cnc router too!!!

So how did you install TCC into TCv17?

Mike...

Thanks for the compliment. I like my route very much. it is a Vortech CNC 4 x 8 http://www.vortechcnc.com


How much does a 4x8 Vortech cost, if you don't mind my asking. Feel free to email me if you prefer. [email protected]

Do you have this Vortech at home or at work?

Mike...
If I remember correctly we got this router a couple of years ago for around $16,000. We did not opt for the vacuum table or automatic tool changer.

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