Axel Tube Pick and Place - 1108

April 1, 2012

The Challenge

Build a pick and place automation system with payload of 8kg and precise motion path to transfer tubes without collisions. Establish machine to machine communication between all three different machines and safety interlock against hitting any objects. The machine should be build to handle different lengths of similar kind of axel tubes. 


The Solution 

 

Sasyaka Engineering has designed and installed a material movement line for TPI to enable the axle tubes to be conveyed between three machines. This included a pick and place system for loading and unloading tubes weighing close to 8kg from a (computer numeric controlled) CNC machine. The gantry developed was based on a servo motor for precise axis motion and pneumatic grippers for grabbing material. The controller and the programme used ensured a certain amount of simple communication between machines as well as intelligence features that would be beneficial for smooth functioning much like man to man communication. The stand out challenge here was to link up three machines which do not have any similarity. All safety interlocks were ensured to avoid collisions or accidents which could occur during operation. This machine was meticulously designed to handle close to 5 different lengths of the same type of axle tube.

 

 

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