Machine Format

We offer a range of machine formats to suit your application. The choice of format generally depends upon the following factors:
  • The level of automation
  • The amount of operator activity
  • The required through-put rate
  • The number of automated operations, the feasibility of auto feeding and orientation of the component parts

Rotary Transfer

Rotary Transfer

Rotary transfer is a traditional format for a machine where parallel operations are required on a particular component or assembly. Minimal time is lost during the index function and therefore the time available for the process can be optimised. A rotary parts transfer system presents a component or assembly in turn to a series of workstations arrayed around the OD or ID of the index plate. The index mechanism can be constructed in two ways. The use of a cam driven index unit provides a fixed amount of workstations and fixed motion profile. A servo motor driven system enables a more flexible motion profile and the ability to adapt to a range of positional moves. The individual workstations operate simultaneously once the index motion is complete and can be either be mechanically linked to the index movement or they can operate independently.

Linear Transfer

Linear Transfer

A linear transfer system provides a series of work pallets attached on fixed centres to either a chain or timing belt. The pitch index drive is provided by either a cam index box or a servomotor. A number of automated operations can be undertaken in parallel, arrayed along the length of the system. A linear parts transfer system presents a component or assembly in turn to a series of workstations aligned along the length of the mechanism.

Platen Transfer

Platen Transfer

A Platen Transfer system enables a number of automated or manual processes to be undertaken on a serial basis, progressively evolving the finished assembly. The product or components are transferred between the workstations on tooled pallets. The workstations can be arranged so that there is plenty of space for maintenance and tool change/setting.

Robot

Robotic Cell

The dexterity of a six axis robot can be essential for certain assembly operations, to transfer parts between workstations or where the automated equipment needs to be flexible to process a range of product types.

Process Cells

Standalone or Process Cells

The machine can operating on its own or as part of a process cell. In the process cell a number of stations are linked by the operators manually transferring the components from station to station, progressively evolving a complete assembly. Where a number of the machines are used in a cell we are able to provide a ‘one piece flow function’.

Operator Assist

Operator Assist

For certain processes, an automated system may not be justifiable. However, it may not be practical to undertake the operation manually. In these circumstances we have engineered simple operator assisted work stations where we provide tooling to assist the operator function, perhaps incorporating some tooled checking functions such that process confidence can be achieved.

Conveyor Systems

Conveyor Systems

We have a number of conveyor systems available for different applications. Choose from flat belt, flexible plastic chain or driven roller to link automated processes, feed component parts to an operator or transfer finished units to a packing or stores area etc.