PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Automated De-Stacking System

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Project summary

MWES provided this firm with a robotically automated batch oven cart plate de-stacking process and print labels application.

The Challenge

De-stacking heavy steel plates can be extremely repetitive and difficult work for manual labor to perform. This firm approached MWES looking to automate a batch oven cart plate de-stacking process and apply print labels onto the slab. 

The Solution

MWES designed and built a robotically automated system that would use a KUKA KR180 R2500 robot with an EOAT gripper to move the plates and slabs off the stack, and into their respective staging locations during the process. An operator would have to place the carts into the docking stations, and then remove the finished stack of slabs once the cycle is complete.

The system begins when the operator places the batch oven cart into the docking station. The robot then retrieves the top plate from the batch oven cart and places it on the top plate stand. Once that operation is complete, the robot gets the spacer plate from the cart and places it on the spacer plate stand. Next, the robot gets the slab from the cart and places it into the regrip nest, and moves it over to the finished slab stand. Finally, the print applicator advances over the slab and a tamp pad puts a label on the slab. These processes are repeated until the batch oven cart is empty.

To finish the cycle off, the robot moves the top plate from the top plate stand and then places it on the top plate load cart.  Once the top plate cart is filled the operator removes it from the cell.

Impact to the Customer

This de-stacking system afforded the customer improved throughput when de-stacking and processing batches of oven plates.  The entire cycle can be performed in less than 90 seconds and requires minimal operator intervention.

Midwest Engineered Systems has a wide range of experience in building robotically automated de-stacking cells. If you’re looking to improve your de-stacking throughput, we have the knowledge and experience to make the project a success.

Contact us to learn about how Midwest Engineered Systems can automate even your most complex and challenging operations today!

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