July 26, 2021 // 1 minute read
Who do you turn to when you need to automate part of your manufacturing process?
Recently, a manufacturer was reviewing options to automate a transfer system to load rods or round stock into a die press. In this particular application, the rod is loaded into a vertical die press to create a u-shape bend. The rod is pressed three times in the vertical die press to guarantee a uniform u-shape with all the finished parts.
Customer Purposed Solution:
The manufacturer approached SCHUNK with the following request:
To design a process that created an XYZ Gantry to transfer the rods from a feeder system into the vertical press. Grippers would be needed to handle the rods from the feeder system and each die in the vertical press. The XYZ Gantry would transfer the parts from the feeder system to each individual die in the vertical press. The parts would be dropped into an escapement upon completion in the vertical press.
Customer Concerns: Cycle Time and Safety
The manufacturer had two major concerns associated with the project:
In order to meet the demands of the customer’s application and to address their concerns regarding cycle time and safety, SCHUNK designed the following solution:
Universal linear module
Optional toothed belt drive for high acceleration and speed or screw drive for precise positioning given high drive forces.
The slide is driven by a toothed belt or a ball screw spindle and precisely guided by a (double) profiled rail guide. The cover band runs through the slide and covers the drive and guidance. The servomotor is usually connected to the profile via the drive shaft.
Various guiding options
Screw supports allow higher moving speeds for longer stroke lengths
Version with a driven slide
In this version, the servomotor is fastened to the slide and the profile is vertically moved.
Flexible in motor and controller selection
The electrical control is carried out via an adaptable servo drive using common standard controller like Bosch or Siemens.
The easy integration into the control system is ensured by the possibility of attaching a common servomotor.
On request, SCHUNK can supply complete drive solutions including motor, gears, controller, and cables.
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