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JLR roof stud feeding system

Working in partnership or the result really is greater than the sum of

the parts.

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Those who have done work with us will know how flexible we are in our approach to a project. Whilst maintaining our concept to completion framework, we also partner with other specialist suppliers when required and provide our design, build and project management services. This often allows the end user to obtain a complete system at a lower price than we could offer for a turn-key solution. One such project recently completed demonstrates this approach. Expert Tooling & Automation, a supplier to Jaguar Land Rover, were asked to provide a turn-key solution for the application of Roof Studs to a vehicle body. Expert approached our colleagues at Unite Automation for a complete feeding system for the Roof Studs, who in turn approached us to provide the design & build expertise along with our project management skills. Initially we supplied a concept design, before the customer committed to the final design. We then produced full manufacturing & assembly drawings, parts lists and pneumatic circuit diagrams. Once approved, the parts were manufactured by Expert and free issued to us along with the main pneumatic components. Unite Automation supplied the tooled bowl feeders and linear tracks, while we supplied all the sundry components. We then assembled and tested the feeding system and assisted with commissioning to everyone's satisfaction. The stud feeding system consisted of a jaguar_twin _feedersbowl feeder to orientate to parts, which then fed into a linear track which ensured there was a supply of parts available at all times. Sensors were fitted to the linear track to control the bowl feeder and let the main PLC know there were sufficient parts available for the next loading cycle of 6 studs. A pneumatically operated escapement was used to separate the first part from the incoming supply and this positioned it correctly for pick up with a Piab vacuum cup & level compensator mounted to a Festo combined rotary/linear combination cylinder. A Festo servo driven linear slide was used to mount 6 pneumatic grippers with jaguar_bowl_feedercontoured jaws to accurately locate the parts when presented by the pick & place unit. Having placed the first of the 6 parts, the pick & place sequence is repeated while the linear slide moves to the next position 100mm away. Whilst the second part is being loaded, the first part has a small amount of adhesive applied by a special dispenser before the sequence is repeated. Whilst the third part is being loaded, the second part has its adhesive applied and the first part is positioned beneath a vision system to check that the adhesive has been correctly dispensed. This sequence is repeated until all 6 parts have been loaded, had the adhesive applied and been checked, before the linear slide moves to a final position and waits for a robot to come in and collect all the parts simultaneously. This example demonstrates our ability to work with complementary businesses, working on different elements with flexibility, to provide the customer with the desired solution. Would you find this way of working beneficial to your project?
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