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Autonomy restored to cast parts production line

Autonomy restored to cast parts production line

Using a range of products, MK Profile Systems has been able to restore autonomy to a cast parts manufacturer’s production line. It has successfully interlinked two machining stations in the production process – upstream and downstream machines that have different cycle times. Two different part types are produced on the line simultaneously and they are placed on the interlink system in no particular order. They must be presented to the subsequent machine sorted and with a cycle time of about 30 seconds per part.

The cast parts are washed and have sharp edges but MK needed to ensure that the system could transport the items without damaging them. They needed to lie directly on the conveying medium so that a separate workpiece carrier is not required. The system had to run reliably for the customer’s three-shift operation.

MK achieved this by designing a transport system consisting of ZRF-P 2040 twin-lane timing belt conveyors arranged a top of one another. The timing belts have a cut-resistant coating on the transport side with side rails preventing the parts from falling. The timing belt conveyors are each about 8m in length and serve as buffer lines. The system can store a total of 50 workpieces. A distributor shuttle sorts the workpieces by type onto two additional ZRF-P 2040 timing belt conveyors. A shift register ensures that the different types are correctly assigned. The distributor shuttle is a three-axis unit consisting of a lift and a traversing unit to which a timing belt conveyor is mounted. The lift is built from an LZR 2005 linear module with a stroke of about 1100mm and it is driven by a motor with a brake. The traversing unit is also built from a linear module, with a horizontal stroke of about 640 mm. The ZRF-P 2010 timing belt conveyor provides movement along the Z-axis.

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