Industry: high-frequency engineering
InSystems Automation has fitted an assembly workplace where three different antenna filters are assembled with eight Pick-2-Light sensors for an Austrian manufacturer of radio-frequency using products. The customer is specialised in the development and production of antenna system components.
The project’s goal was to optimise the production line’s efficiency at workspaces which are used for multiple purposes via automation system, namely Pick-2-Light technology, and to refashion them in a more ergonomic way.
Initial situation and project description:
Before the switch to the use of Pick-2-Light technology, the antenna filters were assembled at a manual working station where differently coloured boxes contained the necessary materials. There were rarely any complications during the assembly process; however, the components had to be sorted in a complex system which the workers had to be familiar with.
The new working station is integrated in the flow process and is meant to be used by one worker. On one side, it is equipped with a rotary plate which receives assembly components from the feed system, and on another, a material provision grappler made by the company ITEM is installed, to which the P2L sensors are attached. The middle section of the station is meant to serve as the working surface. The station is equipped with 12 small load carrier containers in total. So far, the working station has to be fitted with its assembly components by the workers themselves; however, the materials needed are stored nearby in a Kanban shelf. The antenna filters’ complete assembly is spread over 16 different working stations.
Advantages of this working station:
- Great flexibility for the assembly of many different product variants while ensuring quality via Pick-2-Light instruction and process data logging.
- Efficient assembly with shorter reaching distances and significantly less time spent with searches.
- Minimisation of modification times by simplification of component container switches and container management updating. The intelligent flow of material manager automatically takes future assembly processes into account.
- The flexible and modular montage system can be adapted to customers’ needs at any time and ensures that manual assemblies can remain competitive in businesses in the long run.