Rotary Transfer Unit

RTU Software

Rotary Transfer Unit

Key Features

  • Representation of industrial indexing, manufacturing and assembly processes
  • Two speed and two direction motor controller
  • Station tagging and identification
  • Understanding the industrial rotary transfer operation
  • Inputs and Outputs 24v dc and TTL
  • D type sub connectors, IDC and 4mm colour coded terminals for easy connection
  • LEDs on front control panel for visual indication of operations
  • Fault insertion switches


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SKU: Model: RTU. Category: .

Product Description

The Rotary Transfer Unit (RTU) represents industrial indexing, manufacturing and assembly processes. A number of programming exercises are possible from simple control operations to fault-tolerant processes.

The RTU consists of a component dispensing mechanism positioned above a turntable. A turntable with metal pegs represents the assembly station that can be rotated in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction with a two speed control. Using a control signal it is possible to dispense and assemble black and white rings from the clear plastic tubes onto the pegs in various combinations.

Each station is identified using a binary code method with black and white sections on the underside of the turntable; this is also represented on the top of the turntable to help understand binary identification methods. Four infra-red reflective sensors identify the position and station number using a bi-colour identification system. The dispensing mechanism, using, infra-red sensors, identifies if the peg has a ring or rings loaded and the colour of the rings.

The control panel includes an on /off and emergency stop push button and a button to silence the internal buzzer. Four switches are fitted on the rear of the unit for fault insertion. The unit can be controlled by a PLC, having ten digital inputs and six digital outputs, through the D type sub connectors on the rear, or the 4mm colour coded shrouded sockets on the front of the control panel. Connection can also be made to a PC, using a suitable interface card, or Microprocessor training board, through the IDC header with TTL connection. Control is implemented using high or low level programming languages.


  • Movement of rotary table
  • Initialisation
  • Station counting
  • Dispensing
  • A production line system
  • Follow a set routine