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High-Speed Connector Assembly Machine

Assemble, swage, and inspect a connector every 1.25 seconds.

 

automatic high speed assembly machine This high speed assembly tool orients, assembles, swages and inspects electrical connectors at a rate of 1.25 seconds per assembly. Bulk parts are manually loaded into vibratory bowls on the left-hand side of the machine, where parts are then oriented and singulated before entering the machine enclosure.

Inside the enclosure, turret-mounted pick-and-place tools load arriving components into pneumatic collets carried in nests on a 10-station rotary index table. As the table rotates, components are automatically swaged, vision inspected, and then tested before being unloaded to the packaging line. Failed components are automatically removed to a reject bin near the operator station.

The entire process is recipe driven from a custom touch-screen interface. Part changeover can be completed in under ten minutes, and requires little more than replacing part adapter components at the nests and selecting a new recipe at the user interface.

Technical Specifications
Control System:

PC-based controls system running on Microsoft Windows XP operating platform. Custom-designed touch sensitive user interface.

Material Handling:

Parts supplied via vibratory bowls and tracks. Part feed by escapement and pick and place. Parts pro-cessed at 10 stations on rotary index table.

Operator Interface:

Touch-sensitive screens designed in C#.

Throughput:

Approximately 1.25 seconds cycle time per part.

Inspection:

Part placement and swage quality confirmed by machine vision. Assembly process verified by load cell.

Pick and Place:

Custom designed turrets, fed by vibratory bowls (2X).

Safety:

All moving machinery contained within fully interlocked enclosure. No operator access while control power is active.  Parts can be safely fed while machine is running.