Material Handling & Cutting
A customer was developing a new production line for the purpose of cutting composite parts that have been affixed with a film veneer as a part of the production of wood flooring. While space wasn’t a major issue on this project, there were many other challenges. This automated system was being fed by other systems, and once the parts were processed, they would be fed into yet another system. This meant our automation was dependent on the speed of other systems on both the front and back end. Of course, the process had to be fast and involved lots of camera and sensor points to make sure the product was aligned properly when it entered the cutting chamber. And it had to be “two-pass” – which means it gets cut one way, gets turned on a transfer table, and then gets cut another way.
Fortunately, our design team has a tremendous amount of experience on two-pass processes, which resulted in a design that keeps the product properly aligned all the way through both passes. In addition, our depth of knowledge and experience about material handling ensured we were able to integrate this system into the overall larger factory operation. As a result, we were able to get the speed and accuracy required with minimal rejects.