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Automated Cell with Inspection & Machining Centres

The proposed solution incorporated two all-electric, servomotor-controlled 50mm Breeze tube bending machines with multi-stack tooling heads. The bending machines are fed by two automatic hopper loaders which perform weld seam detection and datum the tube prior to bending.

 

A robot alternatively unloads the bent parts from each machine and presents the parts to a four-camera vision inspection system, to measure the parts and calculate corrections. This closes the loop with the bending machines motion control, to ensure accuracy and repeatability. The components are then transferred by a further two robots into two CNC machine centres, where 13 holes of various sizes are automatically drilled.

 

Once complete, the components are robotically deburred and hung on transfer racks in pairs ready to be delivered the assembly station.

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