Flywheel Multi-Station Custom Press

Project summary

A firm came to Midwest Engineered Systems looking to fully automate a multi-station press for flywheel assembly.

The Challenge

The machine must automatically infeed the flywheels from the parts washer, orient a timing gear, and then install the timing gear, bearing race, snap ring and a Lee plug.

The Solution

Midwest Engineered Systems designed a fully automated multi-station press that has a part rate of one assembled part every 50 seconds. The following methods, components and technologies were implemented and integrated to provide a comprehensive solution:

  • Two-strand chain conveyor integrated into parts washer conveyor for automatic flywheel introduction
  • The vision system used to locate flywheel TDC (top dead center)
  • Magazine escapement loading bearing races
  • Vibratory bowl feeder loaded timing gears
  • The vision system used to locate 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

MWES was able to provide the following improvements to this customer’s manufacturing process:

  • Part rate of one 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

Midwest Engineered Systems has a wide range of experience in building custom automation. If you’re looking to improve your manufacturing 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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