Video coming soon.
Here is a universal problem that automation designers must solve.
Parts (components) have an orientation for assembly purposes. Automation takes a bowl of parts with random orientation and singulates them into a linear rail (vibratory), coming from the right in the video. To generalize, automation begins with bulk feeding and moves parts in sequential steps to create useful patterns – we always start the process with no control of individual components. When completed, we have complete control.
What did we accomplish by going from linear to rotary, and back again to linear?
In this case, we needed 36 syringes with the flanges aligned in the same direction and spaced apart by 20mm in a linear pattern. We say a gap was pulled between parts and at a precise distance. The group of 36 will get picked by a robot from the belt and placed in a new location where the new pattern can be used for the next process.