Automated Sorting and Separation for Busbars
Written by: RNA Automation
The world’s leading manufacturer in furniture cable management systems A&H Meyer approached RNA to design and develop a flexible automation system to sort, separate and feed busbars. The project required a complete solution that can handle 12 different lengths of flat and crimped busbars, and with a need to ensure that the retooling changeover time between all 12 variants is minimised.
RNA designed and developed a sorting and separating system complete with two linear feeders from our SLL 804 range. The first linear feeder serves to transport and buffer the busbars. The busbars are aligned and loaded manually in up to five layers, one upon the other over a length of approximately 1200mm of linear track. The width of the linear track is adjustable to fit all 12 sizes of busbars by shifting the side wall on the right-hand side.
With the smooth movement from the SLL 804, the busbars gently slide along the linear track to reach the separating and accumulation linear feeder (the second linear feeder). An aligner station consisting of two hold back cylinders regulates the transported busbar stack, parallel to the axis, and then releases them when the sorting and separating station is free.
In the sorting and separating station, an exchangeable blade runs cyclically over the busbars. The busbars lying double or crossed are then pushed back by the blade as far as needed, until they are singulated. The cyclical movement is produced by two linear units (horizontal and vertical).
The busbars are now accumulated one behind the other onto two nests mounted at the end of the accumulation conveyor. Once in the nest, the busbar is clamped with cylinders and then separated with a swivelling movement into a horizontal position, ready for the customer’s handling system to pick and place the part into a housing of a multiple socket.
The system operates at a cycle output of 12 parts per minute.
With RNA’s well-proven linear feeder, the system accomplishes sorting, separating, accumulation and also the supply of up to 300 long parts in a single system. The system has the flexibility to handle various component parts by using an innovative quick-change tooling system, resulting in improved uptime and productivity.
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