October 22, 2019

Liberty Pumps Increases Production by 35% with Fanuc Robot Machine Tending

Customer Problem

Liberty Pumps manufactures various pumps at their facility. A cast iron pump was loaded manually into an OKUMA MA-600H horizontal machining center. They wanted to replace the manual loading operation with automated loading. The objectives were to improve ergonomics, safety, and increase production with a machine tending robot application.

Adaptec Machine Tending Solution

Installation of a completely automated system that increased production by 35%. An automatic door opens and closes during pallet index time. Raw castings are presented on a pair of flat top steel chain conveyors to the FANUC M-710iC/50 robot. Each conveyor is paired with a high-resolution camera connected to the robot controller.

The parts arrive at the end of the conveyors, stop and are imaged to determine proper orientation using iRVision software tools. Finished parts are placed onto one of the two outfeed conveyors.

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