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Advanced Drainage Systems Custom Pipe Automation System

Flexible Pipe Sorting and Palletizing System


Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) needed assistance in optimizing the strapping and palletizing of 10-foot-long sticks of plastic pipe, which are extruded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Due to labor shortages, the company was unable to keep up with packaging and palletizing, causing piece loss and quality issues. Even during uptime, the pipe’s flexibility and length presented several safety and ergonomic challenges for employees.


Working side by side with ADS, JR Automation designed a creative solution to these challenges. The extruded pipe sticks are fed onto a conveyor system that leads to a custom-built hopper station, that holds a second style of pipe. From there, a part stacking machine pulls the required numbers of each pipe type together into 2-, 3-, 5-, or 7-piece stacks. Each stack is then pushed through an auto strapping system that lashes together the set, in multiple locations. If necessary, a flipper cell can rotate the pack over for optimal stacking. Finally, a FANUC robot picks the pipe stack and places it onto a pallet or crate, optimizing the placement of each for maximum capacity.

outcomes and benefits

By implementing this innovative automation, JR Automation and Advanced Drainage Systems were able to collaborate to increase throughput for several different diameters of piping. Additionally, JR Automation was able to significantly minimize the manual handling of the part by ADS employees, minimizing ergonomic and safety concerns. The system also is pre-configured to allow ADS to efficiently mix and match pipe types into 2-, 3-, 5- and 7-packs before palletizing, all without downtime for adjustments.

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Technical Capabilities
Assembly Solutions Case Packing Conveyor Integration Feeding Integration Flex Link Conveyors Material Handling Solutions Robotic Integration Robotic Palletizing
North America
From the client
“JR Automation is helping us understand there are a lot more opportunities for automation in our process than what we initially thought. We have some significant growth goals that we want to achieve over the next few years. Partnering with someone like JR Automation I think is really going to help us achieve them…Having automation processes makes it so much easier to train, reduces risks continuously and makes it a great place to work.”

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