A touch panel is provided for operating the system.
This enables users to control the assemblies manually, observe their condition,
adjust and manage formulae, initiate processes and query errors.
The system is equipped with two control systems
– one S7-1516F-3PN/DP and one Phoenix Contact ILC131 ETH, as well as a separate
robot control system. The control systems are networked via Ethernet. Other devices
can be connected to the network at any time.
Cube assembly process:
Aluminium and plastic cube halves (some with
pins) are pushed out of the magazine units onto the conveyor belts. They are transported
to the press by a handling unit or robot and the top and bottom halves are joined
together. Depending on the instructions, the robot may place another insert part
into the cube. Completed cubes are removed by the handling unit or robot and stored,
ejected via the chutes or disassembled straight away.
Cube disassembly process:
Completed cubes are removed by the robot either
from the ASRS or the chutes and disassembled using the clamping unit. The top and
bottom cube halves are placed back into the magazine unit and the insert parts are
returned to the insert part chutes.
The processes described above combine to produce a
single endless process. This makes the mechatronics system particularly suitable
for displays and demonstrations, because it can operate with virtually no supervision.