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Paper Roll Handling System
Client: Paper Converter
Requirement: An automated system for transferring processed paper rolls from a slitting operation to the shipping department.

The chosen system utilized a heavy-duty "clam shell" grab supported from an automated overhead crane, accumulating powered roller conveyors and an "upender". In response to an operator signal, the slit rolls were precisely grabbed from one of two positions at the slitter. The crane was then programmed to lift the rolls and follow a set route to an awaiting pallet on the powered roller conveyor. A rotating shuttle conveyor was used to send rolls to one of two lines. One line would first upend the rolls to change the orientation and the other would leave them in their original orientation based on the shipping instructions.

View a sketch of the clam shell grabber using the Autodesk Whip Viewer.