Motoman Robot Handling and Machine Tending

A Motoman HP50 robot with combination mechanical and vacuum cup gripper loads individual cargo boxes and left and right side pieces into a vibration welding machine, then unloads welded assemblies onto an outfeed conveyor.Automotive Console Components

Robot system automates loading of cargo boxes and left and right side pieces into a vibration welder and also unloads welded assemblies onto an outfeed conveyor. Robot system loads/ unloads vibration welder in approximately 26 seconds (3 seconds faster than requirement). Faster loading/unloading increases throughput capacity by more than 11%, enabling the welder to produce significantly more parts per shift. Robot system improves ergonomics and operator safety by significantly reducing repetitive motion and lifting-related injuries.

Project Challenges

Motoman Robotics Solution

Fixtures/Tooling Details

Motoman Robotics provided a fixture package designed to hold one left side piece, one right side piece, and one cargo box at a time. Poured urethane fixtures are designed to be loaded by an operator and unloaded by the robot. “Poka-yoke” (mistake proof) design only allows parts to be loaded one way. Part-present and sensors are included. Motoman also provided custom end-of-arm tooling consisting of vacuum cups to handle individual cargo boxes along with both side pieces, as well as a mechanical gripper to handle assemblies. Includes gripper open/closed sensors, vacuum and part-present sensors, vacuum generators, and electrical and pneumatics packages.