Robotic Plate Handling
MWES provided a valve plate knurling machine for a metal fineblanking company that required the capability to program four different part numbers, have to process one part, to flip parts loaded up-side down, to withstand high pressure and force, and to detect defects and log failure information. It also had to include sensors and have a compact design.
MWES developed a complete solution that included a Fanuc LR Mate 200iD robot and R-30iB controller with Fanuc 2D vision camera, a robotic end of arm tool with magnetic gripper and sensors, an in-feed flip station with two position shuttle escapement, and much more. The final machine increased productivity by running 1800 parts per hour and offering a faster changeover between parts due to less tooling.