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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Custom Automation Systems

Project summary:

A fully automated multi-station rotor assembly machine needed to be designed and built for this client.

The Challenge

The machine had to automatically:

  • Accept machined rotor shells (multiple types and sizes)
  • Automatically load magnets (multiple types and sizes)
  • Apply two-part epoxy to shell and magnets using 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 (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 the following improvements:

  • Part rate of one part assembled every 50 seconds or less
  • Parts are automatically assembled
  • All magnet pressing is verified using individual axis load cell feedback
  • All parts are 100% inspected and verified
  • Bad parts are 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.

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