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Proving Out the Right Manufacturing Technology: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Do you want to make sure your manufacturing operations are well-suited for scalable production? Are you looking for ways to improve scalability, cost, and performance? Join us for an interactive discussion that will provide step-by-step guidance on how to prove out the right manufacturing technology.

Plastic welding, staking, and assembly equipment

From fully automated assembly lines to standalone custom machines, we provide solutions that meet your needs and we have the plastics joining expertise to make sure it is done right.

Get a custom solution that meets your needs.

Let’s develop a manufacturing concept that works for you.

Whether you have a fully defined equipment specification or just a napkin sketch of what you want, we help you develop a manufacturing concept that works for you.

Initial sketch with labels for a custom machine

Initial Concept

Our team works with you to create an initial manufacturing concept and layout.

Refined sketch of a custom automation machine

Refined Concept

Seeing a concept sketch often illuminates strengths and areas for improvement in a design. We’ll help you refine the concept and estimate equipment costs.

Full rendering image of custom automation machine

Design Layout

Need more confidence in the proposed concept? We can place design elements in CAD to further verify the form and function of the automation equipment.

Palletized Assembly Line

This palletized line has several stations with the ability to rotate the part for easier operator access. Empty pallets automatically return to the start of the line on the lower conveyor. It is able to run 2 different part versions because pallets that are not in use can be moved to the storage tier of the conveyor.

Rendering of a customized assembly line

Universal Machine Base with Interchangeable Tool Packs

These example universal bases accept several different tool packs which perform various operations on different parts. They are also set up for pass-through operation with operator access from both sides of the machine.

Rendering of a flex based machine
Rendering of flex base tooling
Rendering of the a version of flex base tooling

Ergo-Tilt Machine

The lower tool platen tilts toward the operator for ergonomic loading and unloading of large parts. During the machine cycle, the platen tilts to horizontal.

Rendering of Ergo Tilt Machine

Rotary Dial with Robotic Load and Auto Screwdriving

This machine uses a rotary indexer to move the parts through each station. It loads several small LED boards onto the parts with a robot and automatically drives screws. It also performs nanoSTAKE and quality inspections.

Rendering of Rotary dial with robot
Rendering of a closeup rotary dial with robot

Fully Automated Hot Plate Welder

Parts come into this welder automatically. Upper parts are loaded by a robot and lower parts are introduced by a conveyor. Then a mechanism lifts and locates the lower part for consistency. After welding, parts are automatically ejected for packing. With minimal changeover, 14 different part versions run through this machine.

Rate: Over 300 parts per hour

Rendering of an automated Hot-Plate Welder

Fully Automated Assembly, Weld, Engrave, and Leak Test

Parts are automatically fed in on stacks of trays which allows operators to walk away for over an hour. Then the machine handles 6 parts at a time performing several operations: installing components, welding, engraving, and leak testing.

Rate: Over 1300 parts per hour

Rendering of an automated multi dial machine
Overview of the automated multi dial machine

Fully Automated from Molding to Pack & Ship

The parts in this cell are never touched by an operator. They are automatically loaded from the molding machine, cooled, welded, tested, and engraved. Then the parts are automatically packaged and sent out on automated guided vehicles (AGV) for shipment. Additionally, for serviceability, each primary machine can be removed from the cell and operated manually while the automated cell continues to run.

Rendering of an end to end fully automated cell
Top view of an End to End fully automated cell

What types of operations can your custom machines do?

This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, but here are a few examples…

Mold-Side

  • Degating
  • Hole Drilling
  • Laser Cutting
  • Robotic End of Arm Tooling (EOAT)
  • Part Inspection

Plastic Assembly

  • Screwdriving
  • Snap Assembly
  • Clip/Nut Driving
  • Hot Insert Installation
  • Bushing Installation
  • Grommet Installation

Plastic Welding

  • Staking
  • Hot-Plate Welding
  • IR Welding
  • Laser Welding
  • Ultrasonic Welding
  • Spin Welding
  • Hybrid Vibration Welding

Part Testing

  • Leak Testing
  • Electrical Testing
  • Light Testing
  • Vision Inspection

Part Marking

  • Laser Engraving
  • Pin Prick
  • Dot Peen Matrix
  • Hot Stamp
  • Label Application

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Ergo-Tilt Machine with InfraStake

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Request a quote for custom automation.

Tell us about your application and request a quote. Whether you want a standalone custom machine or a fully automated line, we’ve got you covered.

Let us know what you need.