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CS & MO ON CON ROL MOTIION CONTRO L Robot reduces prod uction cost s


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superior customer service. We were able to quickly gain access to very technical support at a critical


oject’s implementation.”


time in our detailed


system development process, and this made a huge difference in the success of this proj


TW Imagedata (ITW), a global manufacturer of filmribbons and consumables for security and identity cards, knew two particularly labour- intensive – and repetitive –


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manufacturing tasks were compromising its overall process efficiency and affecting its bottomline. The tasks involved


multiple operators with consistently high levels of manual dexterity, which also included adding injection molded drive gear and idle components to the correct ends of wound or empty spools, the spools paired, and the ribbon attached to the start of the take-up spool. Not an easy job .


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TM ROBO ICS PROVIDES FLEXIBL COST-EFFEC IVE OP ION


COST-EFFECTIVE OPTION


To help accomplish its goals, ITW knew it needed to bring in a company with experience in automating complex manufacturing tasks. Enter Innomech, a designer and developer of advanced automation systems that helps


companies integrate solutions like TM Robotics’ Toshiba Machine robots into its assembly lines. Focused on helping ITW improve its manufacturing efficiency through automation, Innomech designed, built, and installed what it called the Spool Pairing Assembly Machine, using Toshiba Machine’s TH650 SCARA from TM Robotics.


Innomech chose the TH650 for its flexibility and cost-effectiveness, along with its 3D pick and place functionality. In addition, the TH650 seamlessly fits into ITW’s workflows; enabling wound spools to be picked fro m existing WIP trays/tote bins and paired spools that are output from the system to be passed downstream into the flow wrapper. “The TH650’s low cost and high


functionality wasn’t the only reason we selected TM Robotics,” said Tim Mead, managing director of Innomech. “Equally


30 30 MA 201 MAY 2016 | AU AUTOMA MAT ATION ROBOTICS PROVIDES FLEXIBLE,


1. ITW Imagedata is a global manufacturer of


1. ITW Imagedata is a global manufacturer of film ribbons andfilm ribbons and


consumables that are used to print securit and identity cards suc as the ones shown here


consumables that are used to print security and identity cards such as the ones shown here


2. The system has been designed to obtain the X, Y and Z positions of spools in 3D from a series of parallel laser ojected across


vision system and


camera. The TH650 then pic s wo spools at t he same time and verifies


camera. The TH6 0 then picks ttwo spools at the same time and verifies they are correctlythey are correctly


orientated before loading them into the machine


3. The ‘Spool Pairing 3. The ‘Spool Pairing


Assembly Machine’ uses a 650 SCAR robot with a sophisticated laser- guided 3D vision system to pick up wound spo ols from existing W P/tote bins (shown at the rig of the picture) and to them into the machine


4. Injection moulded drive gear and idle components on the wound and take up


4. Injection moulded drive gear and idle components on the wound and take up


spools are pressed into place as shown.


spools are pressed into place as shown.


Following this process, the start of the ribbon is attached to the take up spool using a label that is printed on demand with batch code data, as well as customer-specific, marketing or other


ollowing this proces s, the start of the ribbon is attached to the take up spool using a label that is printed on demand with batch code data, as well as customer-specific, marketing or other


messages as required. messages as required. /AUTOMATION AT /AUTOMATION


Assembly Machine’ uses a TH650 SCARA robot with a sophisticated laser- guided 3D vision system to pick up wound spools from existing WIP/tote bins (shown at the right of the picture) and to load them into the machine


orientated before loading them into the machine


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THE RESULT


AND COMPANY-WIDE COST CUTTING ITW’s earlier manual assembly processes involved six people at different stages. With the new Spool Pairing A Machine, the new systemobt Y and Z positions of spools in series of parallel laser lines proj across the tote using a vision


3D from a ains the X, ssembly


system and ojected


camera and then directs the TH650 to pick spools from the bin. Another bonus? The new machine needs just one operator. Due to the high level of


efficiency brought about by the inclusion 1


HE RESULTS SEAMLESS OPERATION AND COMPANY-WIDE COS CUTTING


LTS:: SEAMLESS OPERATION


Bespoke automation machine builder, Innomech, isch, is using a TM Robotics supplied Toshiba Machine SCARA robot to automate production for security card manufacturer,, ITW Imagedata


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one machine to fulfi SCARA, to date ITW


production needs. “None of ITW’s upstream


manufacturing processes had to be amended, there is no need for ‘work in progress’ trays, preloading of parts into special hoppers or double handling of any components,” said David Parmenter, operations manager at ITW.


Innomech’s Spool Pairing Assembl y Machine – based on Toshiba Machine’s high functioning TH650 – fits perfectly into ITW’s existing workflows, and has enabled the company to achieve the goals it established on day one of this project: to cut its manufacturing costs, while improving overall production efficiency.


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