One machine builder serving the food industry recently sought to speed up its pick-and-place operations. Its goal was to reach 300 products per minute using an approach based on two infeeds instead of one.

Having two areas to pick from, however, complicated the design of the motion system and its control. It meant that there would be three motion axes — one vertical and two horizontal — to control through more planes of motion.

The engineers designing the system decided to use an integrated motion approach along with modular programming techniques. In doing so, they completed a project in two weeks that otherwise would have taken a month to make ready for production.