Need help removing your bung?
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is currently developing an automated barrel line for filling, emptying, and washing of wine barrels.
Before barrel emptying, the barrel must undergo a ‘debunging’ process, which involves removing the stopper (known as a bung) from the barrel. Within the TWE Automatic Barrel Line, bung removal remains a manual process.
Hence, the purpose of this project is to design and build an automated bung removal system, which will achieve a high level of automation reliability within the barrel line, decrease wage expenditures and reduce safety risks associated with having a bung removal operator. Through the use of a three-jaw gripper, machine vision cameras, linear actuators and a programmable logic controller, the completed prototype is one that can automatically detect, grip and remove a bung with great ease, minimising the reliance for manual handling on such a sophisticated line.
Ho Man Cheng
Kin To Wong