The Motion Controls Robotic SUBTA has received a positive reception from the employees because of the ease of use and nearly flawless performance of these robots. To ward off any concerns from employees about potential layoffs within the plant, the company presented the new system as an opportunity to ramp up its technology and that new business was waiting for the company if the technology was added.
The Model SD-185 Screwdriver head is equipped with placement jaws and a feed tube attachment. The feed tube conveys the fasteners from a vibratory feeder bowl to the placement jaws. A wide range of fastener types can be fed and driven by this screwdriver and the size of the feeder bowl is determined by the physical size of the chosen fastener. Fasteners can be driven into a workpiece to either a predetermined torque setting or to a specific depth setting. The screwdriver head has built-in sensing to confirm proper insertion of each fastener. This screwdriver may be purchased as a complete tooled system with controls and vibratory feed system.
Everything in the plant runs much more smoothly. More bottles are being produced, but the pace seems slower since there was a reduction in complexity in the system,” said the plant manager. “We have seen a reduction in the commotion and activity since employees can now work at a constant pace and succeed without as much physical effort. We also have a greater chance to understand the bottlenecks in the manufacturing process. We are reviewing to see where we can make an economic justification for adding automation,” said the plant manager. “We chose the ones that are simple to execute first that run one mold all day, as well as the systems with the highest stress strain or ergonomic safety issues. We are looking for future automation as soon as we can.
The plastics manufacturer also considered a vendor with a fixed automation system that included a simple slide but decided that system wasnâ€™t reliable enough for its needs. In addition, every time the mold tooling changed, the slide also had to be changed to accommodate the new product. This created a higher cost to change tooling that was not acceptable. The facility included one machine with a manufacturers fixed automation system, but they wanted to find a more flexible and reliable solution.
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