Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently provided a turnkey robotic cell solution to a leading manufacturer of automotive molded parts. The Evana solution involved integrating a customer-provided robot and bowl feeder to improve upon a clip insertion process for automobile sills that was being utilized at the manufacturer’s other location.
The process begins when an existing load/unload robot simultaneously loads left- and right-side sills to the upper clip insertion tooling and clamps them into position. Next, the Evana integrated clip insertion robot loads nine clips to the left-side sill and nine clips to the right-side sill. Once all the clips have been loaded to the sills, the clip insertion robot moves to the clip feeder position and parks the empty clip magazine and retrieves a new magazine with 18 clips loaded into it. The existing load/unload robot then unloads the sills to a conveyor and the process repeats.
“With this project, Evana improved upon an existing process that was being used at another location and made it more efficient,” said Randy Wire, general manager of Evana Automation Specialists. “The process being used at the other location required two robots to complete the process, but, with some creative thinking, Evana was able to eliminate the need for two robots and improve throughput.”
Evana, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI), utilizes diverse technologies to specialize in motion control, robotics integration, welding integration and system architecture by linking production equipment, material handling systems, data collection, networking, as well as computer software and hardware into flexible, unified technology. Test equipment can be integrated into assembly systems, stand-alone systems for automatic testing, or manual test benches. Overall, Evana’s custom assembly and test solutions improve efficiency for manufacturers all over the world in industries like automotive, healthcare, aerospace, defense, and alternative energy, as well as manufacturers of commercial and consumer products.