A robotic palletiser control strategy redesign

Pavel Dzitac, Abdul Md Mazid

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This paper presents the design changes to the control strategy of a robotic palletising machine that was developed earlier. The changes were required in order to simplify maintenance, and to enhance reliability and robustness. The updated control system uses a distributed control configuration to minimise control complexity and maximise functionality. The main benefit of the lower complexity distributed control is a more robust and 'intelligent' control that provides better feedback to operators and maintenance personnel. This in turn translates into less machine downtime, and not surprisingly happier people. There are several lessons to be learned from this control system redesign, some of which are technical and some relate to the challenges of getting the appropriate stakeholders to 'buy' into the project.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 IEEE 8th Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications
Subtitle of host publicationICIEA 2013
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467363228
ISBN (Print)9781467363211, 9781467363204
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE 8th Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, ICIEA 2013 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 19 Jun 201321 Jun 2013


Other2013 IEEE 8th Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, ICIEA 2013
CityMelbourne, VIC


  • Materials handling
  • robotic palletising
  • PLC

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