Installation of test systems at an electronic company

Flexible automation of testing stations: facilitating rapid conversion of a large variety of electronic switches through an intelligent control concept and new system layout. Quality assurance through batch conformity tracing.

Task: Reduce set up times to increase productivity for our customer

Small batch sizes of operating switches with different variants of the basic switch caused long set-up times that repeatedly held up the production process. As a consequence, we were commissioned to provide rapid conversion to a different part type and ensure reliable traceability of batch conformity.

Solution: Well-conceived controller programming to reduce the risk of error and ensure quality

To avoid having to adjust each workstation for a different operating switch, we divided the various assembly stages into a number of adjacently organised workplaces. As such, the employee merely had to move to the commensurate workstation for a particular type of switch. 

Workpiece carriers transport the parts to the four different manual workstations. Firstly, an automated screwdriving cell screws the various products together according to the information stored on the workpiece. At a manual inspection station, which is also menu-controlled, an operator then checks the haptic and optical characteristics. Next, an automated inspection station objectively checks the light colour and imprint on each switch with the aid of various cameras. Finally, the switches run through a labelling station that labels the OK parts and discharges the NOK parts.

The menu-controlled operation provides the employee with all the necessary information relating to a given switch type that is needed to assemble the respective variant being produced.

Application of a Beckhoff controller (TwinCat) with decentralised I/Os enables straightforward communication between all the system participants and connection to a centralised quality management system.

This well-conceived operation reduces the possibility of employee error and secures the quality of the end product. Timesaving as a result of omitting set-up times for small batch sizes per switch type has significantly increased line production productivity.

Benefits of this automation solution

  • High degree of flexibility: customised programming tailored to the respective process
  • Short set up times: simple to operate
  • Investment: transparent due to uncomplicated structure

Contact us:

bsAutomatisierung GmbH

Phone: +49 7428 9412 413
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