The last log details a tall, skinny, cascading storage system. This concept is a fat, short system that does not cascade. Each pill type is stored on a different level (in a veined carousel), with a shared shaft to add/remove pills. Unfortunately, this adds complexity, with a "shuttle" to access different levels (for adding pills) and possibly a second shuttle to rotate individual levels.
I was also toying with the idea of a shake conveyor, in this case vibrating a piece of sloped angle aluminum. Below are some renderings.
If I can control the orientation of the pills, I can make the containers more efficient. In this case, I made them about 1"x0.5"x0.5". In a 12" cube I'm fitting 500 containers. I was also experimenting with an idea to get the pill delivery shuttle out of the shaft at it's lowest position.
- (Hopefully) easy to load
- High density storage
- Somewhat universal system (no changing parts)
- Complex (with tight mechanical tolerances)
- Loading pills and dispensing will be slow
Things that aren't quite figured out yet:
- Sensor locations