Bread Replacement Machine

This prototype machine was designed for proof of concept in an automated sandwich making line. The task was to detect defective bread slices, reject them, and replace them with acceptable bread slices downstream at a rate of 1 slice per second. It was also required to feed the acceptable slices in synchrony with the automated line of the main system.This prototype machine introduces the bread by the feed mechanism at the machine's far left end rejects it before the feed replacement station. Not shown are the vision system and product collection systems for the acceptable and rejected slices. All three conveyors are driven by the exit conveyor.