Flywheel Multi-Station Custom Press - Midwest Engineered Systems

Midwest Engineered Systems Designed a fully automated multi-station press for flywheels. Our Customer’s part rate decreased to 1 assembled part ever 50 seconds.

The Challenge

The machine must automatically load:

  • Flywheels (from part washer)
  • Timing gears (must be oriented)
  • Bearing Race
  • Snap Ring
  • Lee Plug
  • Parts must then be automatically assembled for manual unloading into dunnage

The Solution

The following methods, components and technologies were implemented and integrated to provide a comprehensive solution:

  • Two strand chain conveyor integrated to parts washer conveyor for automatic flywheel introduction
  • Vision system used to orientate flywheel TDC (top dead center)
  • Magazine escapement loading bearing races
  • Vibratory bowl feeder loaded timing gears
  • Vision system used to orientate gear by timing mark
  • Vibratory bowl feeder loaded lee plugs
  • Magazine loaded snap rings
  • Individual hydraulic pressing stations using Promess force load monitoring system for press verification feedback
  • Automated snap ring installation
  • Automated lee plug installation

Impact to the Customer

  • Part rate of 1 part assembled every 50 seconds or less
  • Parts are automatically assembled
  • All pressing is verified using Promess force load monitoring technology
  • Bad parts are automatically identified

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