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Old 09-29-2008, 01:04 PM #1
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Default Automation!

I need help with an automation projekt. I will build a machine that can sort, count and pack coins on a threadmill-kindof deal.

I have figured out how to sort and count, but not how to pack them, the coins will be packed in paper tubes but i can figure out a way to get the coins in them without jamming - that's the problem *. The tubes will be held in a magazine and be fed out one by one in the filling station.

I have no idea how get the coins in the tubes in a simple way.

Hint: the paper tubes have a hole in the bottom (maybe some sort of rod can support the coins, IDK), I plan to have the tubes in the filling station horizontally but feel free to think another way to do it. I will give rep to any thoughtful idea.

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Most coin sorters I've seen fill vertically since gravity is kind enough to stack them for you

Or, maybe if you had a stream of compressed air to push the coins into the tube, just have to make sure the tube isn't very tight on the coins, which would probably lead to jams.
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Gravity, and vibration should get it. Or, go to Coinstar. http://www.coinstar.com/us/html/a-home ;D
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Cool ideas guys! I like the compressed air solution. The tubes can be pretty snug.

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The coin feeder. (Exploded)


Basic layout. The lower one is seen from above.


An over complicated horizontal stacking-devise-thingy.


And the horizontal tube-magazine. I like this design.


If I go with the gravity stacking I'll need to design another tube magazine, but it shouldn't be a big deal...
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Yeah, no prob!
Have you seen the coinstar machine? I know it uses vibration somehow! :P

The reason I thought of vibration is because we have a machine here at my cabinet shop that uses strong rapid vibration to feed dowels into the correct chambers so you can load the machine with a bucket then the vibrations orientate them and put them into position so they can be shot into the cabinet part (after the drilling heads do their part).

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Thanks I'm gonna need it, this is hard! PLC, ladder and CAD is a different language to me. This is a school project and I haven't tried something like this before. Lots of things to learn...

I will post pictures and I hope for some more advise and stuff.


PS: I plan to use lasers to identify the size of the coins (small, medium and large).




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