Engineers Australia Award Winner - Royal Australian Mint, Materials Handling & Warehousing Solution

Engineers Australia Award Winner - Royal Australian Mint, Materials Handling & Warehousing Solution from Australis Engineering Pty Ltd

By: Australis Engineering Pty Ltd  14-Dec-2011
Keywords: Conveyors, Automation, Plc

In 2007 the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra (RAM) began a modernisation program for their circulating coin production facility. RAM sought to upgrade its circulating coin blank handling and finished coin warehousing with a state of the art system incorporating leading edge technology. RAM required an organisation that could provide innovative engineering design and also undertake the manufacture and installation of the materials handling and warehousing system (MHWS). Required project outcomes included, increased product security; improved OHS; improved materials flow; providing high levels of process automation and process management; and increasing the Mint’s appeal as a Canberra tourist destination. As the successful tender, Australis Engineering’s design solution provided the following benefits: - world’s first coin Vision Counting System (VCS), - a Manufacture Execution System (MES) to manage the entire coin production process; - use of robotics to minimise manual handling and increase production output, - fully integrated materials handling & warehousing solution, inclusive of special purpose roller conveyors. Beneficial outcomes of the Australis Engineering design include: - Whole-of-system integration using automation and best practice materials handling applications; - Total system output of over 2.2 million coins/ day with peak rates in excess of 8,600 coins/ minute; - VCS capable of counting coins at rates exceeding 22,000 coins/ minute and accuracies over 99.9% - AGVs to reduce manual lifting, improve throughput and OHS; - Industrial robotics to lift and decant large drums of coins and improve OHS; - Design, manufacture & installation of belt conveyors, labelers, warehousing & bucket elevators.

Keywords: Australis, Automation, Belt Conveyors, Bucket Elevator, Conveyors, Machine Safety, Pallet Handling, Plc, Roller Conveyors, Stretch Wrapper, Z-Elevator

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