Automated self-clinching fastener Insertion, courtesy of Factory Automation Systems, Inc.

Automated PEM self-clinching fastener Insertion Factory Automation Systems (FAS) provided the system integration of this automated assembly system, utilizing two FANUC M-710iC/45M robots. FAS is an Atlanta-based automation system integrator specializing in robotic material handling, machine tending, palletizing, and material removal applications. FAS is also heavily involved in control systems, machine vision, and information systems integration. This robotic application involves the insertion of PEM self-clinching fasteners into sheet metal back panels for large LCD outdoor displays. These threaded inserts are used as stand-offs for components that get assembled to the back panels. Up to 250+ PEMS may be required for specific back panels, with up to eight different PEM types in a back panel. A variety of different size back panels are also produced in this facility. Two robot work cells mounted side-by-side, manipulate the back panels for insertion by a Haeger PEM insertion machine. These cells are capable of independent work or sequential back panel processing. Each insertion machine tended cell can feed up to four different model PEMs from vibratory feeder bowls, allowing robots to work independently. For panels that require four to eight different PEMs, the panels are passed between each work cell using a rotary transfer device to pass it from cell to cell. Racks of panels are brought into each workcell by an Agilox Intelligent Guided Vehicle (IGV), essentially a smart panel jack. The robot unloads a panel from the rack and places it in a registration fixture to accurately locate it. Each robot is equipped with an automatic tool change system that it uses to interchange different size vacuum cup tools to handle the range of panel sizes. The robot picks up a located panel and takes it to a PEM insertion machine. The robot accurately places a hole in the panel over a mandrel in the machine and signals the clinching stroke in the machine to be activated. A vision camera and laser verify the proper placement of the mandrel inside the hole before activating the clinching stroke. The robot moves the panel and progressively places that specific size hole over the mandrel until all those specific PEMs have been clinched. The robot then signals another size mandrel to be selected by the insertion machine and repeats the insertion sequence for the second PEM type. It repeats this operation until all PEM type insertions have been completed. Factory Automation Systems, Inc.



Dual-Stack Automated Palletizing System featuring FANUC robots, Courtesy of Strongpoint Automation

Dual-Stack Automated Palletizing System FANUC Authorized System Integrator, Strongpoint Automation has designed and integrated a four robot dual stack palletizing system with pallet stacker, stretch wrapper and labeler. This system utilizes four FANUC M-410iC/185 robots equipped with servo actuated slide plate EOAT with the capability for placement of multiple case configurations. The StrongPoint End of Arm Tool (EOAT) allows for palletizing of RSC and Shoebox packaged products without tool adjustment or operator intervention. A Hytrol case conveyor is used to convey cases to the palletizing cells where they are metered into each infeed using a dual stage meter belt, creating rows of product ready for palletization. The robot perimeter safety fence has multiple safety access points to allow for personnel access to the robotic cell. The cell discharge points are safeguarded with a light curtain and muting technology to allow for full pallet discharge from the cell while preventing personnel from entering. Each robot cell is comprised of two infeed stations and two palletizing stations, where each infeed has the ability to process approx. 25 CPM. The robot also handles the placement of tier sheets for all products. Magazines holding up to 12 pallets automatically introduce pallets into the system and can handle varying styles of pallets. This system also contains a full Pallet Stacker which is utilized to double stack half height loads prior to the stretch wrapping sequence. Stacking and pallet requirements on the primary trunk line are determined by line tracking controls within each cell. The pallet stacker can stack half pallets, while single and full height loads pass through this location. Fully wrapped pallets are discharged from the stretch wrapper where they are conveyed to the full pallet labeler which places a single label on the narrow side face of the pallet. Implementation of a two-position vertical lift allows double stacked loads to receive a single label on each pallet. Strongpoint Automation