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Welcome to the newly acquired PSA Pittsburgh location!

On October 25, 2021 Production Systems Automation acquired Kaier Engineering and now operates under the PSA - Community of Businesses, as our 3rd location in PA. The PSA - Pittsburgh location was originally founded as Kaier Engineering in May of 1991 specializing in custom industrial automation projects. Over the years, they developed into an experienced turnkey robotic solutions provider for the world’s top OEM robot manufacturers, including Kawasaki, ABB, Fanuc and Yaskawa/Motoman. They have been at the current 12,000 sq. ft. facility since 2005.

Palletizing robot arm moving bags

Bag De-Palletizing & Emptying Cell

A client came to the PSA team looking for a solution that would alleviate the potential injury risk for their workers who were picking up 50lb bags of product, carrying them up to a platform, and manually emptying them into a bin. After looking at their system, our engineers determined that we could automate the process, which would reduce the risk of strains as well as the risk of losing footing and falling off of the platform. We selected an ABB IRB460 palletizing robot and fitted it with a vacuum end effector to lift and move the bags. We also designed a custom bag slitter apparatus to cut and empty the bags into the hopper below. The robot would then discard the empty bags in the designated bin. We also implemented a safety guarding system around the robotic cell in order to maximize employee safety and keep all processes running smoothly.