Full Automated Production Line for Panel Air Filter
Release, Trimming, Ink-Jet, Hot Melt, Pre-Filter
One of the peculiar characteristics of our production system is FLEXIBILTY.
On the same rotary table you can Produce ( and Trim and Print and apply Hot Melt) contemporaneously different models of filters.
(This is the trend in production: the number of lots is increasing, but the volume of each lot is decreasing)
So the necessity of FLEXIBILTY is going to increase.
Video available on YouTube: AUTECAUTOMATION. Rotary Table in not Included.
Number of pallets
The AUTEC conveyor is equipped with 30 pallets ( the same number of station of Rotary table).
In the area were there is the operator that unloads the filters from rotary table and places them into pallet of conveyor line, the pallet are synchronized with the rotary table: every time Rotary Table makes one step, automatically a new pallet arrives. The system controls automatically (thanks to RFID) that the pallet is the proper one.
In order to place the filter in a referred position, above each pallet there is placed a aluminum plate :"Mask". (see attached drawing). ( typically the Mask has the same layout of the mold).
It means that if you have to change the type of mold in rotary table ( for example in station number 3), you have to change the Mask over pallet n°3.
The Autec system is completely integrated with Rotary Table control system
When you change one mold in rotary table, the info is shared in Autec and Rotary Table system. It means that you have not to program the Release robot and the trimming robots because the data are automatically transferred to the robots.
How to program the Release robot and trimming robot when the mold is new
You have not to program using the Teach Pendant of the robot. You have only to digitize in the PC the geometrical data of the mold (for Release robot) and of the filter (for Trimming robots).
Automatic Trimming tool change
The system automatically selects the proper set of grabbing tool according to the dimensions of the filter.
Ink jet Printer
It is integrated in the system.The trimming robot automatically recognizes the pallet and consequently the model of filter.
This info is automatically transferred to the Ink Jet printer.
Flexible Hot Melt Application
The concept of flexibility is also applied to Hot Melt distribution.
Hot melt guns position is automatically adjusted "on the fly" according to the dimension of the filter.
The system controls 4 Hot Melt Guns. The distance between the 4 guns is automatically controlled and adapted by 4 CNC control.
A fifth axis control the Vertical movement in order to adapt automatically to the height of the filters.
The system is fully integrated with Gusbi machine.
When one mold is changed and the operator informs Rotary Table PC, automatically the information are detected and transferred to the system.
In this way the complete system adapts automatically to the new filter without the necessity for operator to program or digitize any data.