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Automate for Flexibility
permits this automotive supplier to deal with batch runs of different frame configurations.
Working with to of it's integrators, Citation Tool Inc. and Custom Machines Inc., UPF designed and built a
That incorporated two robotic laser-
cells and two heavy-payload
The laser -
robots use a patented, shape-generation software package.
Both articulated gantries employ a patent-pending approach where a single
drives two independent
to function as a giant reconfigurable
Two parallel lines make up the
system, converging into a single
lines provide UPF with the flexibility to manufacture completely different frame rails on each line, or to increase throughput by building the same type of rail on both lines.
lines begin with large CNC punch presses fed by servodriven pullers.
The servopuller delivers the rail to a
Fanuc ARC mate 120iB
Our company's ShapeGen software is used to program the
to cut predetermined holes or shapes through the vertical sides of the rail using a CO2 laser.
dual-arm Toploader (articulated gantry) robot, consisting of two
mounted on the to the same overhead linear track.
Under control of a PLC, the servopuller positions the rail within the
ARC Mate 120iB
robot, and the PLC sends a signal to the
to begin the cutting process.
Once the laser cutting is complete, the servopuller releases the rail onto a conveyor for delivery to the Toploader dual-arm robots.
rail designs can be processed via simple reprogramming of the CNC punch press, servopuller, laser cutting robot, and the dual arm robots.
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