The P2L sensor for assembly control systems
The InSystems Automation P2L Sensor – new technology in material supply, which offers great advantages for the architecture of your parts supply through design and technology.
With the InSystems Automation P2L Sensor, particularly flat levels with shorter and more ergonomic gripping paths can be realized in material staging racks. The switching distance adapts automatically to the conditions of container geometry and fill level, the teach-in process runs automatically. Further details can be found under the function mode of our sensors.
The P2L sensor is available in two versions: digital and with CAN bus. Both versions are also available as ESD model. For details see sensor models and the FAQ section.
We also supply the CANductor software developed by InSystems Automation, which together with the CAN sensors, a CAN bus adapter with a PC, results in a complete pick-to-light assembly control system.
You can test CANductor free of charge for 30 days as trial software. For more information, see Software.
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Do you need a software to install your P2L system? Get here informations about InSystems Automations CANductor.
These examples of use cases show you how efficient the P2L system can be.
The terms Pick-to-Light and Pick-by-Light stand for a process in which a worker is guided by light signals through an assembly or picking process. The P2L sensor indicates the next work step and monitors its execution. If the worker reaches into the wrong compartment, this is indicated and, depending on the programming, certain reactions must be carried out, e.g. acknowledgement or ejecting assemblies for reworking.
This system is intended as a support for the workers. The InSystems P2L system is not a time-based clocking system, but only serves to keep the worker’s hands free and allow full concentration on the assembly process by simplifying the picking process. Workers still remain independent and self-reliant.
This procedure offers several advantages. With the P2L, for example, great process reliability is achieved in manual assembly and picking processes according to the Poka Yoke principle, which is of great economic advantage, especially when a large number of variants are produced in small batch sizes. The small design and the small minimum distance also enable very flat shelf levels, which ensures an ergonomic staging architecture with shorter gripping distances. Since the P2L sensor automatically detects the removal from the material compartment, it is not necessary to acknowledge it.
For more information about Pick-to-Light systems, please see our definition.