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+Vantage Case Studies: Material Handling Systems & CNC Automation

Tripod Housing, Robot Lathe Tending, CNC – Automation & Laser Marking

Real-World Material Handling Systems

+Vantage works with businesses of all sizes to find the most effective way to streamline processes and increase productivity. Read through the case studies below for more details about our approach to automation, inspection, and systems integration. Learn how +Vantage can help you optimize your material handling processes!

Tripod Housing Gage Tool Compensation and CNC Automation Lathe Cell
  • Tripod Housing

In this system, parts enter the cell via a powered conveyor. Inside the cell, all material handling is managed by a robot. The robot tends the machining process on 3 CNCs.  The part is then inspected at an automatic inline gage station. Data reports are sent back to the cell computer where tool compensation values are calculated and reported back to the CNCs as required. Once complete the parts leave via powered conveyors.

  • The machining and inspection process was too labor intensive for material handling.
  • The extensive process required inline gage feedback for tool compensation.
  • The parts needed serialization and part marking for traceability.

1. Incoming Station

  • Powered Belt Conveyor

2. Cell Tending Robot

  • Custom Dual Gripper EOAT

3. CNC Machines

  • Inline Machining
  • Tool Compensation

4. Inspection Station

  • Inspections Include
    • ID Size
    • OD Size
  • Marking Impact Marking

5. Outgoing Station

  • Outgoing Powered Belt Conveyor
  • Outgoing Reject Conveyor
  • Incoming Powered Conveyor
  • FANUC Robotics
  • Custom EOATs with Festo Pneumatic Grippers
  • Solartron LVDT Probes
  • Keyence Barcode Reader
  • Keyence 2D Optical Micrometer
  • Telesis Impact Pin Marker
  • DMG Mori CNC
  • Safety Interlocks
  • Allen Bradley Controls

Overview

Overview

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Robot Lathe Tending & Gage Tool Compensation Automation Cell
  • Output Carrier

In this system, two robots tending 5 lathes are located under a custom mezzanine structure equipped with moon roofs for safety access for the robot. Above the mezzanine, the robots also tend part handling and gages for in-process tool compensation feedback.

  • The machining and inspection process was too labor intensive for material handling.
  • Tight tolerances required in process tool compensation for lathes.
  • Low available floor space.

1. Incoming Station

  • Gravity Roller Conveyor
  • Part Metering

2. Operation One CNC Machining Automation

  • Robotic Material Handling

3. Operation One Inline Gage Station

  • I.D. Air Gaging
  • Flange Thickness Contact Probe Inspection
  • Hole Presence

4. Operation One Reject Station

  • Gravity Roller

5. Operation Part Transfer

  • Gravity Roller Conveyor
  • Part Metering

6. Operation Two CNC Machining Automation

  • Robotic Material Handling

7. Operation Two Inline Gage Station

  • Step Depth Contact Probe Inspections
  • Groove Depth Contact Probe Inspections
  • OD Contact Probe Inspections

8. Operation Two Reject Station

  • Gravity Roller

9. Outgoing Station

  • Gravity Roller Conveyor
  • Part Metering
  • Custom Mezzanine Structure with P.E. approval
  • Custom Incoming & Outgoing Gravity Roller Conveyors
  • Custom Gravity Roller Reject Conveyors
  • ABB Robotics
  • Custom EOATs with Schunk Pneumatic Grippers
  • Custom Air Gaging
  • Solartron LVDT Probes
  • In-process Tool Compensation
  • Automatic Gage Mastering
  • Safety Interlocks
  • RTGC Controls

Overview

Overview

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Case & Cover Machined Casting CNC Automation & Laser Marking System
  • Rear Transmission Housing
  • Front Transmission Housing

This system featured a material handling system with custom EOAT and a 7-axis robotic system to remove the manual labor from the process and meet the production demand. To address traceability, the incoming conveyance systems were equipped with an inline laser to add a barcode on 100% of the production parts that provides timestamp and part information. Each CNC then had a mounted code reader allowing the customer to know exactly which parts were run on the specific CNC and on what fixture. Finally, the system was connected to the customer’s factory information and integrated to provide seamless data to the process.

  • The manufacturing process was too labor intensive for material handling in the CNC Process.
  • The manufactured components required a method of data acquisition and part traceability.
  • The equipment implemented needed to be flexible to protect for future product changes.

1. Front Incoming Station

  • Power Zoned Conveyors
  • Part Reintroduction Capable

2. Front Part Marking Station

  • Automatic Part Fixturing
  • Automatic Part Laser Marking

3. Front Part Robot Pick Station

  • Automatic Part Fixturing

4. Rear Part Incoming Station

  • Power Zoned Conveyors
  • Part Reintroduction Capable

5. Rear Part Marking Station

  • Automatic Part Fixturing
  • Automatic Part Laser Marking

6. Rear Part Robot Pick Station

  • Automatic Part Fixturing

7. Robotic HNC Tending

  • (5) CNC Management
  • 7th Axis Robot Material Handling
  • Keyence Laser Marker
  • Dorner Belt Conveyors
  • Customer EOAT with Pneumatic Gripper
  • FANUC 6-axis Robotics
  • Escapements and Part Lifts
  • Cognex Vision Inspection
  • Safety Interlocks
  • Allen Bradley Controls Structure

Overview

Overview

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