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Increase your productivity with Spirol compression limiter insertion machine

Increase your productivity with Spirol compression limiter insertion machine

Spirol has announced the release of a new line of installation equipment for UK manufacturers, specifically designed to install compression limiters into plastic assemblies. The Model CL compression limiter installation machine can install a single compression limiter or multiple limiters simultaneously into various polymers, thermoplastics and thermosets.

The Model CL is available in two models, the CL1000 (1,000 lbs max installation force) and the CL2000 (2,000 lbs max installation force), and comes standard with full perimeter guarding, light curtain and hands clear activation to keep operators safe. The use of sensors to verify proper installation of the compression limiter(s) ensures a quality installation.

Finally the Model CL can be used as a standalone module or integrated into a larger fully automated cell, and it can be retooled to accommodate changing part configurations.

Highlighting the benefits of the new machines, a plastic moulder of automotive wiring harness channels was faced with the task of installing multiple compression limiters into irregular shaped components. In total, there were four different components, each containing between two and six Spirol Series 600 aluminium compression limiters. The irregular shape and thin walls of the wiring harness posed a fixturing and installation challenge.

The wiring harness was not only irregular in shape, but the compression limiter installation heights varied within the part. The previous method of assembly was manual with the operator placing and hammering each compression limiter into place. The manual process was slow, it was difficult to ensure proper alignment of the compression limiter with the hole, and the scrap levels were unacceptable.

A Model CL was provided, designed with multiple fixture cavities. Each cavity accommodates and securely holds the harness channels at the proper height and orientation for compression limiter installation. The operator simply loads the wiring harness assembly into the proper fixture location using the fixture cut-out as a guide. Each installation hole is loaded over a guidepost to ensure proper hole location, alignment and support throughout the installation process. The operator then manually loads a compression limiter onto each post. The machine is activated, simultaneously installing all compression limiters.

Spirol delivered the complete assembly solution by providing the compression limiters and installation machine. The Model CL significantly increased productivity, improved product quality, and eliminated scrap associated with the manual installation process.

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