Custom Automation Systems

Project summary

MWES provided a fully automated multi-station rotor assembly machine that needed to be designed and built for this client.

The Challenge

Our customer required that the system had to automatically:

  • Accept machined rotor shells of multiple types and sizes
  • Automatically load magnets of multiple types and sizes
  • Apply two-part epoxy to the shell and magnets using a positive displacement dispensing system
  • Provide magnet bonding with individual bonding force feedback and control
  • Part cure storage and process control
  • Individual part inspection
  • Parts must then be placed on a transfer station to be shear tested and magnetized

The Solution

MWES designed and built a Robotically Loaded Custom Automated System. The customer’s cycle time decreased to one assembled part every 50 seconds. The following methods, components and technologies were implemented and integrated to provide a comprehensive solution:

  • Dual manually loaded magnet part slides
  • Robotic part handling of the magnets and rotor shells
  • Automatically loaded magnet holding tooling
  • Automatic positive displacement glue dispensing on each magnet
  • Individual part servo-controlled bonding axis’
  • Individual part force feedback bonding axis’
  • Robotically controlled cure rack
  • Part Inspection using laser line generator and Cognex Vision System

Impact to the Customer

The automation system that MWES provided this customer brought about a number of improvements. Such as a part rate of one part assembled every 50 seconds or less, parts that are automatically assembled, all magnet pressing verified using individual axis load cell feedback, all parts being 100% inspected and verified, and bad parts automatically identified.

Midwest Engineered Systems has a wide range of experience in building custom automation systems. If you’re looking to improve your automation throughput, we have the knowledge and experience to make the project a success.

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

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